Bayside Chatter: Sept. 27
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
While a power outage was able to knock out some of the lights and the scoreboard at Silver Bay, it couldn't stop the Mariner offense. The Mariners scored eight touchdowns as they raced out to a 44-0 lead at halftime, and a final score of 57-12 over the Cherry Tigers. Three light poles went down along with the scoreboard with around three minutes left in the first half. The teams finished the first half as is and played the second half with both teams advancing their offenses in the same direction.
Jonah Koehler ran for 161 yards on the ground and made three TDs. He ran for one two-point conversion and kicked three extra points to give him a total of 23 points for the evening. Luke Small and Michael Fischer each scored twice and ran for a two point conversion. Chad Smuk had the other Mariner TD.
The Mariners outgained the Tigers 344-145 from the line of scrimmage with 67 yards of the Tiger yardage coming on one broken play. The Mariners had a size advantage and they used it to their benefit to penetrate the line of scrimmage early and often, along with timely blitzes to sack Tiger quarterback Tim Bukovich seven times. Koehler finished with three sacks, Michael Klofstad had two and Small and Smuk each had one. Nathan Bauck intercepted two passes and Fischer had one. Smuk recovered a Tiger fumble and the Tigers blocked an extra point and sacked the punter. Klofstad and Small each had five tackles to go with four each from Cody Peterson, Eben Fischer and Koehler.
The Mariners stopped the Tigers three and out following the opening kickoff and then advanced down to the Tiger 6-yard line, where they fell short on a fourth down. After another three and out, the Mariners got the ball at the Tiger 37.Two plays later, Smuk ran one in from 24 yards out for a 7-0 lead. Koehler then ran in from 10 and 11 yards to give the Bay a 20-0 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter. After Small ran in from the 5, Koehler scored from 8 yards out. A 37-yard dash by Fischer made it 44-0 at the half. To make matters worse, Small ran the second half kickoff 92 yards back for a TD, upping the score to 51-0
Bukovich scored from 67 yards away after he was flushed from the pocket on a 2nd and 15 play that probably covered close to 100 yards. Fischer scored on a 23-yard jaunt to conclude the Mariner's scoring and the Tigers finished it up with a 15-yard pass from Bukovich to Hunter Ersbo.
Tonight the Mariners are at Ely to take on the unbeaten Timberwolves. The Wolves who are 4-0, defeated unbeaten South Ridge 24-12 last week. The Wolves returned most of the squad that won Section 7 last season.