Bayside Chatter: Oct. 25
Zach Johnson returned the opening kickoff 66 yards and the addition of a horse collar tackle put the ball at the Mariner eight-yard line to start the game. Two plays later, Tyler Hage ran it from four yards out and 57 seconds into the game, to give the South Ridge Panthers a lead they would never relinquish. Spencer Otis passed for four touchdowns while completing six of 17 passes for 158 yards. The Mariners turned the ball over seven times to add to their misery via four fumbles, two interceptions and a blocked kick. The Panthers gave away three fumbles. The Mariner offensive line was not 100 percent and the Panthers penetration of it gave Mariner quarterback Luke Small little, if any, time to maneuver.
The Mariners' second punt of the game was blocked and set up a 29- yard strike from Otis to Drew Janke. A three- yard run by Reid Clark gave the Panthers a 22-0 advantage at halftime. The Mariners cut the deficit to 22-6 when Small recovered a Panther fumble in the end zone. That would be it for the Mariners, as the Panthers then cranked up their passing attack. Otis hit Bill Redding from 23 yards out, Janke again for a 30- yard score, and Colton Peterson for a score of 69 yards. Lane Maranell ran it in from a yard out to complete the game's scoring.
A sack of Otis by Chad Smuk forced a fumble that was recovered by Michael Klofstad, one of two he recovered. The sack gave Smuk 17 for his career and moved him to the top of the Mariner career sack leaders. Klofstad and Michael Fischer led the team with six tackles each. Small was next with four.
The Mariners received the No.6 seed in Section 5 and traveled to Wrenshall on Tuesday to play the No.3 Wrens who were 4-4 this season.