Glacier Peak beats Mariner | Football

Oct 19, 2018

Glacier Peak rebounded from its first loss of the season with a decisive win against Mariner.

The Grizzlies’ ground game produced 237 yards and sophomore quarterback Ryan Kinney ran for two touchdowns to lead Glacier Peak to a 28-13 victory over the Marauders in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 12, at Goddard Stadium in Everett.

Senior quarterback Ayden Ziomas was given the night off by coach Nick Bender, who wanted his first-team, all-league standout to rest up after a physical game against Lake Stevens. The Vikings edged Glacier Peak 24-21 in a game that all but clinched the league title for Lake Stevens.

The Grizzlies (4-1 in the league, 6-1 overall) focused on their running attack and the results were impressive. Senior running back Caelan Briggs rushed for 102 yards on 12 carries and scored one touchdown and junior running back Dylan Owen finished with 64 yards on six carries. Kinney had 16 yards on seven carries with two scores. He completed 5 of 13 passes for 25 yards with one touchdown.

“I think he (Kinney) managed the game well. Our run game was clicking. That always helps,” Bender said. “I think we could have gotten away without throwing the ball.”

Kinney scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. The sophomore quarterback then ran for a 1-yard touchdown and threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Cramer in the third quarter as Glacier Peak took a 21-0 lead.

Mariner then cut the deficit to 21-6 on a 23-yard pass from junior quarterback Denis Biryuk to senior wide receiver Ryan Fry. Glacier Peak responded with a 1-yard scoring run by Briggs.

Biryuk and Fry then connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass to close out the scoring.

Bender liked what he saw from the Glacier Peak defense against a Mariner team that he said ran an unconventional offense.

“I think we swarmed to the ball pretty well,” Bender said. “Our guys were in the right position.”

The Grizzlies picked off four passes and forced and recovered two fumbles.

“They were well prepared,” Bender said of the defense.

Glacier Peak takes on Monroe in a homecoming matchup at 7 p.m., Oct. 19, at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Bearcats have won 57-0 and 64-6 the last two seasons. Bender is hoping for different results this time around.

“We haven’t fared particularly well the last two years,” he said. “Hopefully now will be our time.”

Two weeks ago, it was almost the Grizzlies’ time in what a battle for first place in the league against defending champion Lake Stevens.

Though Glacier Peak came up three points short, Bender was encouraged to have pushed the Vikings to the brink.

“You want to walk around feeling pretty good with where we’re at with a program being able to compete with the No. 3 team in the state,” Bender said. “You watch the film and see the correctable mistakes. That makes it a little bit easier to handle. There were a lot of things we could have fixed.”

An early interception deep in Viking territory was more a result of a bad play call on his part, Bender said. “I don’t think I made the best call.”

Both teams’ defenses held the opposing offenses to season-low points.

“Our defense was playing lights out,” Bender said.

Ziomas completed 21 of 29 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 84 yards on 20 carries and scored one TD.

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