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Football: Mariners falls to South Ridge

Despite leading 12-8 at halftime, Silver Bay lost to South Ridge Sept. 29, 20-12. But it was a stark contrast to their last three games where they fell to teams by over 40 points.

Silver Bay coaches and players still saw Friday's game as victory on many fronts.

"I don't know if there was something magical, but it felt kind of magical," said Silver Bay Head Coach Ward Kaiser. "But whatever it was, the guys had fun and they believed in themselves."

The first quarter remained scoreless but longer punts from Silver Bay coupled with penalties on South Ridge kept South Ridge on their own side of the field. In the second quarter, South Ridge was the first team to put points on the board with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. But Silver Bay responded with touchdowns scored by Weston Monson and Jason Blood and led 12-8 at halftime.

"It was surprising. My teammates really stepped up and it surprised us all — including the coaching staff. We came out here to have fun and the scoreboard agreed with us for the first three quarters," said sophomore Mason Ollman.

South Ridge managed to take a 14-12 lead in the third quarter then extend it to 20-12 in the fourth quarter.

"I think we played the hardest we could have," said junior cornerback and fullback Peyton Westerlund.

Kaiser said he set a theme of having fun and working hard prior to and throughout the game. He also said younger players have gained confidence throughout the season.

"I know everyone says 'have fun' but we said 'every play no matter just go out there and enjoy playing football' and those guys went out there and they enjoyed playing football," said Kaiser

When asked if it was disappointing to lose the lead in the second half, Westerlund stuck to the theme.

"No, I'm proud of our team and what we've done," said Westerlund.

The Silver Bay Mariners (1-2) play Hill City High School (2-3) tonight at 7 p.m. in Hill City.