Mariner stuns Jackson with late touchdown | Football
Last updated 10/5/2018 at Noon
Jackson had a chance for a miracle comeback.
But a potential touchdown pass that would have given the Timberwolves a victory was caught out of the end zone as time expired and Mariner escaped with a 25-20 victory in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 28, at Goddard Stadium.
The Wolfpack was leading 20-19 with 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Mariner junior wide receiver Roman Savchuk pulled down a 37-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jackson Cole to seize the lead.
Jackson took the ball in its own territory and drove down the field.
“It was a nice drive, especially given the 30 seconds we had,” Jackson assistant coach Ryan Simmons said. “We gave ourselves a chance. That last play was a little bit out of bounds.”
Wolfpack head coach Joel Vincent was on leave due to a family situation.
Jackson dropped to 1-2 in the league and 3-2 overall, while Mariner improved to 2-1 and 2-3.
“Our guys played fairly well throughout the game,” Simmons said. “Mariner is a tough team. They’ve got a lot of great athletes. They had a long way to go to score (on their final drive). They made the plays at the right time.”
The message from the Jackson coaching staff to the players was that much more football remains to be played and the Timberwolves are still in the playoff mix.
“There are still five games left,” Simmons said. “The playoff spots are still wide open.”
But Simmons added that the Jackson can’t afford many more losses. The Timberwolves host Monroe at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at Everett Memorial Stadium and then play Mount Vernon on Friday, Oct. 12, at Everett Memorial Stadium.
“If we want a shot at the playoffs, we’ve got to win both of those games,” Simmons said. “We can’t be upset that we didn’t get the job done on Friday. But our season is by no means over. That’s where our attention has to be.”
Mariner junior running back Josiah Pesterkoff scored on a 6-yard run to give Mariner a 7-0 lead before Jackson senior quarterback Ben Olesen responded with a 17-yard TD pass to wide receiver Isaac Grayson and the teams were tied at 7 at the end of the first quarter
A Jackson interception deep in Mariner territory set up a 22-yard field goal by Daniel Yoon. The Marauders responded with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Cole to Savchuk and took a 13-10 lead into halftime.
A 38-yard field goal by Yoon and a 5-yard TD run by Cedric Wyckoff gave the Timberwolves (1-2, 3-2) a 20-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Pesterkoff scored on a 3-yard run to cut the deficit to 20-19, but the Marauders did not make the extra point.
Mariner had to convert on two fourth down attempts during the winning drive and given that they had missed two extra point attempts, the Marauders weren’t counting on a field goal to secure the victory.
“Our mindset was just to score a TD and win the game,” Savchuk said.
“We were getting a little low on time. We were getting a little urgent,” Cole added. “We just knew we had to come through in the clutch. We had to finish it.”
Olesen completed 18 of 29 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown. Running back Nick Walsh finished with 86 yards on 17 carries. Wide receiver Garrett Holden caught six passes for 109 yards and Isaac Grayson had four catches for 64 yards and one touchdown.
Jackson 48, Cascade 19
Senior quarterback Ben Olesen threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to help guide Jackson to a victory over Cascade in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 21, at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Olsen completed 7 of 15 passes for 96 yards and threw TD passes to Isaac Grayson and Nick Walsh. The Jackson quarterback also rushed for 68 yards on 7 carries. Walsh rushed for 83 yards on 14 carries and ran for one touchdown and Brenda Sandico had 67 yards on six carries with one touchdown. Jackson (1-1 in the league, 3-1 overall) outscored Cascade (0-2, 1-3) 21-7 in the first quarter and 21-6 in the third quarter.