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Last updated 11/3/2017 at Noon
For the second straight week, Jackson battled hard but came out on the losing end of a Wesco 4A South football game.
Sophomore Jorge Urrutia kicked a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to lift Mariner to a 16-14 victory over the Timberwolves Friday, Oct. 27, at Goddard Stadium in Everett.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Jackson Joel Vincent said. “We had some opportunities to win the game and we didn’t quite execute when we needed to.”
The most critical mistake was a fumbled handoff with about two minutes to go in the game that halted a drive deep into Marauder territory that could have won the game for the Wolfpack (3-4 in the league, 3-5 overall). Instead, Mariner (2-5, 3-5) held on for the victory.
“It’s especially tough when you know that you had it,” Vincent said. “All you’ve got to do is execute. We didn’t quite get it done.”
The Timberwolves knew many of the Marauders since the schools are so close.
“They wanted to win the game,” Vincent said.
Mariner took a 6-0 lead on a 21-yard TD run by sophomore running back Amory Brown but Urrutia missed the extra point. The Wolfpack responded with a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Olesen to Marcello Pellegrino in the first quarter and a 1-yard TD run by Olesen in the second quarter. Mariner cut the Jackson lead to 14-13 on a 4-yard touchdown run by senior running back Romelo Mangum.
“If you told me that the defense held them to three points in the second half and we lost the game, I would not have believed it,” Vincent said.
Olesen completed 13 of 22 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Senior Jonathan Navarro caught seven passes for 63 yards.
Unlike the Marauders, who wrapped up their regular season, Jackson still has at least one game to play.
“Our focus is forward,” Vincent said. “We’re looking ahead to Friday.”
As stinging as the loss was it had no bearing on the postseason, as Jackson already had clinched the Wesco 4A No. 4 seed to the district playoffs. The Wolfpack are scheduled to face the North Puget Sound League Cascade champion Kentwood at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, at French Field in Kent.
“They’re a very balanced team,” Vincent said “Their spread offense in that respect is similar to us. They have a dominant running back. That’s going to be a big focus of attention. We’re going to have to bring some pressure on their quarterback and play good pass defense. They throw it well. We’re going to have our hands full.”
The Jackson offense is going to need to be more efficient. Vincent said that the Wolfpack had three drives that were three-and-out. One goal is to not have any three-and-out drives against the Conquerors (6-1, 7-2).
“If we get a possession and don’t score that’s fine,” Vincent said. “Let’s possess the ball longer than three plays. We’re going to have to make the most of every opportunity that we do have the ball.”
None of Jackson’s players have been in the playoffs, so Friday’s game is going to be new for everyone.