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Silver Bay football completes season 6-2

The Mariners completed the regular season with a record of 6-2 after defeating Northeast Range 48-0. It was another easy win in the opening round of the Section 7 Nine-man playoffs as the team whipped Wrenshall 59-6 Tuesday.

The Mariners got off to a slow start against Northeast Range as they fumbled the ball away on the first possession and failed to score in the first quarter. They scored on the first play of the second quarter on their way to a 29-0 halftime lead.

The Mariners were led by the senior trio of Baruch Fischer, Luke Thun, and Holden Panetti. Fischer sacked the quarterback, blocked a punt, and recovered a fumble as the Mariner defense limited the Nighthawks to 101 yards of total offense. The Nighthawks had 16 plays of no gain or lost yardage. Thun had a run of 59 yards and 77 yards rushing .He ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. Panetti rushed for 112 yards, giving him 7 out of 8 games with 100 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, completed a pass of 31 yards, and caught a touchdown pass of 24 yards. Also scoring for the Mariners were Jordan Fralich from two yards out and Daniel Wilson from the three. Fralich and Cody Larson each kicked an extra point.

Preston Westerlund and Chad Smuk also recovered Nighthawk fumbles as the turnover ratio favored the Mariners 5-1. Kyle Blood returned a punt 52 yards and a fumble 52 yards on the last play of the game.

Playing their last regular season game for the Mariners were seniors Daniel Wilson, Luke Thun, Holden Panetti and Baruch Fischer.

The Mariners opened the playoffs with a 59-6 victory over the Wrenshall Wrens Wednesday and advanced to the section semifinals. Freshman Jordan Fralich ran for five touchdowns and gained 203 yards on the ground to lead the Mariner offensive attack. He scored on runs of 10, 35, 50, 15, and 77 yards. His final score came when he picked up the loose ball after his punt was blocked and raced down the sidelines to paydirt. Holden Panetti and Kyle Blood each had two touchdowns for the Mariners. Panetti scored on runs of 34 and 27 yards while picking up 113 rushing yards. Blood returned a kickoff 90 yards for one score and hauled in a 25 yard pass from Luke Thun for another.

The Mariners host the Floodwood Polar Bears at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the section semifinal.