Bayside Chatter: Oct. 4
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle , Lake County News Chronicle
The Mariners shot themselves in the foot early at Ely and the Timberwolves put them in a hole from which they had no hope of escape. The No. 10 ranked Wolves rolled to a 42-0 lead at half-time on their way to a 54-14 victory and remained unbeaten.
The Mariners got the ball at their own 20 following the opening kickoff. They marched down to the Ely 25 where they were forced to turn the ball over to the Wolves on downs. On their first play from scrimmage, the Wolves used a halfback option from Louis Gerzin to Mark Heiman for a 75-yard touchdown. Following a Mariner punt, the Wolves went 55 yards in seven plays with Gerzin going the final 10 yards for a 15-0 lead. The Mariners then proceeded to fumble the ball away on their next two possessions and within their own 20-yard line. The Wolves capitalized quickly each time with quarterback, Sean Jordan, completing passes of eight yards to Spencer Gaulke and 15 yards to Heiman for a 28-0 lead. Heiman ran 28 yards for another score and Jordan found Gaulke for TD pass of 6 yards to make it 42-0 at the half.
The Mariners scored on their first two possessions of the second half as Ely was starting to substitute players. After forcing the Wolves to punt following the second half kickoff, the Mariners had a sustained drive that went 88 yards on 16 plays. It was capped off with a 10-yard scoring pass from Luke Small to Michael Fischer. Then the fired up Mariners forced the Wolves to punt again and marched 77 yards in 12 plays. This time it was finished off with a pass from Small to Chad Smuk that covered 18 yards. Ely replied with runs of nine yards by Josh Heiman and 13 yards by Evan Omerza for a final score of 54-14.
Jonah Koehler rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries and kicked both Mariner extra points.
Louis Gerzin had 102 yards for the Wolves on 15 carries, ran for a touchdown and threw for another. Luke Small completed 6 of 12 passes for 66 yards and two scores. Sean Jordan completed 4 of 6 for 39 yards for the Wolves and three TDs. Leading the Mariners in tackles was Brandon Johnson with seven followed by Small with six and Michael Fischer with four.
Coming to town tonight to take on the Mariners at their homecoming game is the Northeast Range Nighthawks. The Nighthawks are winless so far this season.