Earl Marriott Mariners thrown to Wolves

Mariners’ senior running back Marcel Gravelle keeps his balance while running up the field Friday. - Nick Greenizan photo
Mariners’ senior running back Marcel Gravelle keeps his balance while running up the field Friday.
— image credit: Nick Greenizan photo

With an undermanned roster, the Earl Marriott Mariners senior varsity football squad dropped an exhibition game Friday afternoon to the visiting Timberline (Campbell River) Wolves.

“I have no idea what the score was. I know that they had a lot and we didn’t have any,” said EMS head coach Michael MacKay-Dunn. “Timberline is a really good team. We were outmanned and overmatched, but the most important thing for us was that we survived it and stayed healthy.”

The Mariners were playing with just a handful of spares, as five regulars were sidelined with injuries and there were no junior varsity players available to play because that team had played the day before, beating Langley Secondary 20-16.

Despite the lopsided loss, MacKay-Dunn was staying positive.

“We knew it’d be a struggle this year with the senior guys, but they’re doing their best. They’re a tight group – they were all out at the Pumpkin Run Sunday – and they’re out there working hard.”

The junior team, meanwhile, sports a 4-2 overall record – and 1-2 in league play – after their win Wednesday in Langley.

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