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Football: Silver Bay falls to Mountain Iron-Buhl

Silver Bay lost their energy almost immediately in their 50-0 loss to Mountain Iron-Buhl Friday as senior running back Giovanni Marolt injured his knee on the first play and had to be carried off the field.

"Having Giovanni go out, that took the wind out emotionally for the team," Silver Bay Head Coach Ward Kaiser said of Marolt's injury.

Silver Bay played much of their first half in the shadow of their own end zone. Throughout the game, they repeatedly moved back with a series of fumbles and penalties. Mountain Iron-Buhl earned 12 points in the first quarter and had raised that to 36 by halftime.

"We played sloppy and part of that is guys not necessarily familiar with their position enough — hesitating or making mistakes. Sloppy field too," said Kaiser.

With a commanding leading going into the second half, Mountain Iron-Buhl began taking their time on each play and waiting until the play clock almost ran out of time. They went scoreless in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, they managed to get a five-yard touchdown and 62-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to bring the final score to 50-0.

Senior quarterback Jason Blood said the Mariners played hard but failed to execute the plays and block effectively.

"We all got to be better than that," Blood said.

Last week, the Mariners were without five of their starters, including Marlot and Blood. Blood returned this week after sustaining "deep bruising" in the Sept. 8 game against Cook County and sitting out during the Sept. 15 game against North Woods. Blood was slapped in the eye Friday and taken out during the fourth quarter and sophomore Riley Tiboni took over at quarterback. Blood threw 31 yards and Tiboni threw four yards.

Most starters returned this week, but they are still not at 100 percent, Kaiser said.

"We're still banged up ... we're still somewhat depleted in that sense," he said.

The Silver Bay Mariners (1-3) play South Ridge High School (3-1) tonight at 7 p.m. at South Ridge School in Saginaw.