Silver Bay senior Mason Ollman rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns as the Mariners routed Cherry 47-20 in a Section 7 Nine-Man semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, in Silver Bay.

Silver Bay led 7-6 after the first quarter, but the Mariner offense exploded for 26 second-quarter points on the strength of three Ollman scores and an 80-yard kick return for a touchdown by senior Riley Tiboni.

Silver Bay senior Riley Tiboni carries the ball during a 47-20 home win over Cherry in the Section 7 Nine-Man semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26. (Photo by Michelle Ketola)
Silver Bay senior Riley Tiboni carries the ball during a 47-20 home win over Cherry in the Section 7 Nine-Man semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26. (Photo by Michelle Ketola)

Tiboni also threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Carter Zabrocki in the win and ran for a third quarter touchdown that extended the Mariners’ lead to 28 points.

Silver Bay junior Carter Zabrocki makes an acrobatic catch during the Mariners' home win over Cherry in the Section 7 Nine-Man semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26. (Photo by Michelle Ketola)
Silver Bay junior Carter Zabrocki makes an acrobatic catch during the Mariners' home win over Cherry in the Section 7 Nine-Man semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26. (Photo by Michelle Ketola)

The game contrasts sharply with the teams’ first meeting — a 15-0 Mariner win Sept. 20. Defense dominated the first game, with Silver Bay leading just 3-0 entering the fourth quarter. Ollman and junior Luc Stadler each scored in the final quarter to give Silver Bay some breathing room late in the game.

Silver Bay (8-2) will face Mountain Iron-Buhl, a 54-18 winner over Cook County, in the section championship at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Esko.

MIB (8-1) is looking to repeat as section champion. The Rangers advanced to the Minnesota Nine-Man semifinals in 2018 before losing 42-8 to Mountain Lake.

Cherry 6-6-0-8—20

Silver Bay 7-26-7-7—47

SB — Carter Zabrocki 6 pass from Riley Tiboni (Elijah Blanck kick)

C — Beau Barry 3 run (pass failed)

SB — Mason Ollman 20 run (Blank kick)

SB — Ollman 6 run (kick failed)

C — Barry 15 run (run failed)

SB — Tiboni 80 kick return (Blanck kick)

SB — Ollman 15 run (run failed)

SB — Tiboni 20 run (Blanck kick)

SB — Ollman 4 run (Blank kick)

C — Barry 3 run (Justin Caple run)