All good things must come to an end.
With a Marine City 41-34 double overtime loss to the hands of Grosse Pointe North, that means the Mariners are feeling something they haven’t in quite some time.
For the first time since 1982, the Marine City football team will conclude its season with a record below .500 at 4-5 overall, also snapping its 18-year playoff streak. Even worse for Mariners nation, it came in heartbreaking fashion with a double overtime loss when the team was unable to score on 4th and goal from the nine yard line to end the game.
“When something hurts this bad, you know you committed your whole heart to it,” Mariners head coach Ron Glodich said. “There’s not many things in life that can make your heart feel like that, so use it as a measure in life to find out what you love.”
The Mariners gave the end of the season a heck of a run, rattling off four straight wins after a rocky 0-4 start. With how the season ended, Glodich said he could only be proud of his team.
“The way they practiced at the end of the year and the way they committed themselves, I couldn’t be more proud of them,” he said. “The record doesn’t mean (crap) to me. I’ll remember them for how they finished this year.”
Marine City started the overtime with a touchdown to William Patsalis on a play action pass from Kohle Sobol. The Mariners defense looked to be in business too on the Norsemen’s following possession, as a big sack by freshman Josh Headlee followed with a false start by Grosse Pointe made it 2nd and goal from the 23.
However, the Norsemen answered with a 23 yard touchdown to Marvin Amerson from Bjorn Bjornsson. That was also followed to start the second overtime with a 10 yard touchdown by Jared Jordan – his fourth of the game – to start the possession.
Marine City’s offense was halted in its second overtime chance, also hurting itself on fourth down with a false start to make it 4th and 9.
The game didn’t even look like it would head to overtime late in the game. Grosse Pointe North made a 25-yard field goal as time expired in the game, but a false start penalty gave Marine City another life. That second attempt – this one from 30 yards out – was blocked to force overtime.
Marine City was causing ruckus on offense all first half, rushing for 198 yards. The Mariners made their first statement on an eight-play, 71 yard drive that was capped with a Ryan Alexander four yard run.
After a Grosse Pointe North three-and-out, Marine City took the ball back and went 81 yards. While the drive ended with a five yard run by MJ Frank to make it 14-0, the drive was kept alive on a 32 yard pass from Kohle Sobol to Ryan Sommers on 3rd and 20 from the Mariners own 10 yard line.
The Norsemen were halted once again by Marine City’s defense with a turnover on downs at the beginning of the second quarter. The big play came from Mariners junior Logan Johnson, who batted away a would-be touchdown on 3rd and long.
However, the Norsemen would get on the board on their next possession in quick fashion as Jared Jordan sprinted 85 yards on the first play of the possession to tighten the lead to 14-7.
Marine City bounced back with a 65-yard drive that ended with Alexander’s one yard run and another good kick by Jensen Houston made it a 21-7 lead. That lead shrunk to 21-14 as a 27 yard pass from Bjorn Bjornsson to Jordan with 35 seconds left in the half made it a 21-14 ballgame at halftime.
Grosse Pointe North made the first statement in the second half, blocking a punt to set up shop on Marine City’s 15 yard line. They capitalized on the good field position with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Pete Ciaravino from Bjorn Bjornsson. A blocked kick kept the Mariners lead at 21-20.
Marine City answered quickly, scoring on a quick 45 yard drive that ended with a 20 yard run by Frank. The Mariners extra point was also blocked to make the lead 27-20.
In the final seconds of the third quarter, Jordan ran in his third touchdown to make it a 27-27 score heading into the fourth quarter that would stand until overtime.