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Football: Silver Bay runs over Northeast Range

Silver Bay senior Jason Blood (11) takes the snap during the Mariners' 38-0 loss to Ely Oct. 13 in Silver Bay. (Photo by Lisa Malcomb)

Mariner sophomore Mason Ollman ran for 339 yards and three touchdowns to lead Silver Bay to a 45-8 victory over Northeast Range Wednesday in Babbitt.

Silver Bay's Jared Dehart sacked the Nighthawk quarterback in the endzone for a safety in the first quarter and Derek Thompson recovered a blocked punt in the endzone in a good night for the Mariner defense and special teams.

Dehart also scored a 21 yard touchdown and Peyton Westerlund scored on a 12 yard run.

Silver Bay (3-5) will wait to find out who it will play in the opening round of the Section 7 9-man playoffs.

Mariners shut out by Ely

Silver Bay was shut out for the third time in 2017 after a 38-0 loss to Ely Oct. 13 in Silver Bay.

The Timberwolves defense was stifling in the first half, surrendering just 35 yards of total offense and a single first down.

After forcing the Mariners to punt without gaining any yardage on the opening drive of the game, Ely drove 75 yards and scored on a 30 yard pass from Carter Gaulke to tight end Josh Larson to make the score 8-0 after Matt Gerzin ran in the 2-point conversion.

Gerzin scored the first of his three touchdowns later in the quarter from three yards out to make the score 16-0 headed into the second quarter.

After Gaulke scored on a 1 yard quarterback sneak with 6:19 remaining in the second quarter to make the score 22-0 after the conversion failed, Ely drove down to the Silver Bay 13 yard line with less than a minute remaining in the half.

Ely scored on the opening drive of the second half, taking the ball 56 yards, with Gerzin scoring from five yards out to make the score 30-0.

The Mariners responded with one of their best drives of the day, taking over at the Silver Bay 37 and after a couple of incompletions by quarterback Jason Blood, the Mariners ran a fake punt with Riley Tiboni picking up just the second first down of the day. Three plays later Blood connected with Weston Monson and the junior looked to be on his way to Silver Bay's first score of the day. Monson got a little careless with the ball and fumbled it into the end zone with Ey recovering for a touchback.

Gerzin added his third touchdown of the day to make the score 38-0 with 6:43 left to play.

"We came in and I wanted us to play hard, not give up and come out healthy," said Coach Ward Kaiser. "I think, for the most part, we accomplished that."

Silver Bay is a young team this year with just three seniors and three juniors on the team and many first time starters playing significant minutes for the Mariners. The youth showed with penalties that stalled Silver Bay drives or extended Ely drives down the field.

While his team is young, Kaiser thinks they've learned a lot since the beginning of the season and there is a lot to build on heading into 2018.

"These guys are getting a lot of playing time," Kaiser said. "Obviously, we have things to learn and guys are learning on the fly this year."

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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