Silver Bay senior Mason Ollman rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns as the Mariners won the Section 7 Nine-Man opener 42-8 over Northeast Range on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Esko.
The second-seeded Mariners led 42-0 before the Nighthawks’ Brody Anderson got into the end zone and broke up the shutout.
“(Mason) makes a difference running the ball and defensively he plays a pretty good linebacker, too,” coach Ward Kaiser said. “Definitely offensively, he’s breaking tackles out there and he plays at a different level out there. He’s got some good linemen out there working for him, too, but he’s definitely carried a lot on his shoulders this year.”
Junior Ero Wallin led the defensive effort with four quarterback sacks for Silver Bay (7-2), which will host third-seeded Cherry (6-3) in the section semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
Rain on Monday, Oct. 21, forced Silver Bay to move the game against Northeast Range to Esko’s artificial turf. Drier conditions later in the week may allow Silver Bay play on their home field against Cherry.
The Tigers topped Ely 44-0 to advance.
Earlier this season, Silver Bay beat Cherry 15-0, one of three Mariner shutouts this season. Ollman ran for 181 yards and a touchdown in the teams’ first meeting.
Silver Bay led only 3-0 heading into the fourth quarter when Ollman and Luc Stadler each scored to give the Mariners some breathing room.
Kaiser doesn’t expect the rematch to be any easier, especially after Ollman gashed Cherry for nearly 200 yards. Cherry has improved consistently all season after reviving their dormant program in 2019.
“That was a close game,” Kaiser said. “That one could have gone either way and we know they’re getting better and better after coming back into the mix this year. We’ll have to play a very good game and give it everything we’ve got to be competitive.”
Northeast Range 0-0-0-8—8
Silver Bay 12-13-14-3—42
SB — Mason Ollman 7 run (run failed)
SB — Riley Tiboni 8 run (kick failed)
SB — Ollman 26 run (pass failed)
SB — Tim Perfetto 25 pass from Tiboni (Elijah Blanck kick)
SB — Ollman 1 run (Ollman run)
SB — Ollman 14 run (run failed)
SB — Blanck 30 field goal
NR — Brody Anderson 1 run (Bralyn Lislegard run)