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Football: Mariners, Grizzlies combine for wild finish

Silver Bay's Peyton Westerlund (left) attempts to stop North Woods' Jake Hyppa near the goal line in the Mariners 46-33 loss. (Photo by Michelle Ketola)

Two Harbors junior Mason Ollman rushed for three touchdowns, including runs of 40 and 66 yards, but it wasn't enough as the Mariners (1-2) fell to North Woods 46-33 on Friday, Sept. 14, in Cook.

Through three quarters of Silver Bay's game against Grizzlies, the two teams had combined for just 31 combined points and an 18-13 Grizzlies lead.

Then the flood gates opened. The teams combined for 48 points and seven touchdowns in the fourth quarter to turn a defensive struggle into an offensive avalanche.

Jake Hyppa scored from 2 yards out to give the Grizzlies a 24-13 lead, but Ollman scored his third touchdown of the day to get the Mariners within five points.

The Grizzlies responded with a 7-yard touchdown run by Chase Kleppe, quickly matched by Riley Tiboni's 84-yard return for a touchdown by Riley Tiboni.

Kleppe then scored on a 4-yard run and hit Trevor Morrison in the endzone for the 2-point conversion. After stopping the Mariners on the ensuing possession, Clay Janssen scored North Woods' final touchdown to put the game out of reach with a 3-yard run, making the score 46-26.

Peyton Westerlund returned a fumble 69 yards to make the score 46-33, but the Mariners could get not closer.

In addition to his two rushing touchdowns, Kleppe hit Morrison for a score in the first quarter and returned an interception for another in the second quarter.

Silver Bay will travel to face Mountain-Iron Buhl (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Silver Bay 6-0-7-20—33

North Woods 6-6-6-28—46

NW — Trevor Morrison 5 pass from Chase Kleppe (run failed)

SB — Mason Ollman 40 run (kick failed)

NW — Nathan Crain 1 run (pass failed)

NW — Kleppe 35 interception return (run failed)

SB — Ollman 9 run (Ryder McMillen kick)

NW — Jake Hyppa 2 run (pass failed)

SB — Ollman 66 run (pass failed)

NW — Kleppe 7 run (T.J. Chiabotti run)

SB — Riley Tiboni 84 kick return (McMillen kick)

NW — Kleppe 4 run (Morrison pass from Kleppe)

NW — Clay Janssen 3 run (pass failed)

SB — Peyton Westerlund 69 fumble return (McMillen kick)

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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