Bayside Chatter: Mariners football looks goodSection 5, the Mariners section in nine-man football, is now down to five teams.
By: Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
Section 5, the Mariners section in nine-man football, is now down to five teams. Wrenshall will not play varsity football this season and Cotton and AlBrook have combined their programs. While these two will play a nine-man regular season schedule, they will be in Class A for the playoffs.
The Mariners travel to Nevis tonight for its first-ever meeting between the two schools. Nevis opened the season on the road with a very impressive 27-26 win over Cromwell in overtime. It looks like Dylan Sternberg will be one to watch out for as he scored three touchdowns: a 9-yard run, a 75-yard kickoff return, and a 5-yard pass reception. Nevis was 4-4 last season and returned most of their key players.
The Mariners showed a tremendous amount of improvement from last season when Cook rolled over them 44-0 with pretty much the same squad. I also saw a lot of improvement from the first half to the second half. The Mariners were unable to run the ball effectively due to a size disadvantage but they found ways around that.
Minneota and New London-Spicer entered this season with the state’s longest winning streaks in football at 14 games. They each won their openers.
Deven VanHouse of Silver Bay finished the season in fourth place in the point standings at Proctor Speedway and third at Superior Speedway in the Midwest Modifieds division.
Former Mariner hockey player Andy Smith of Cook County won the 51st annual Silver Bay Invitational at the Silver Bay Country Club by one stroke. His 141 edged Todd Gervais’ 142.