Mariners open football season with big win

Earl Marriott varsity squad beats Howe Sound 28-6 in first game of AA Tier 2 schedule.

More than a little rusty due to a lack of practice, the Earl Marriott Mariners still managed to win their first regular season game in BC Secondary Schools Football Association play.

The Mariners topped the Howe Sound Sounders 28-6 Friday afternoon at Earl Marriott Secondary, the first of four league games on their Tier II schedule.

“We were sloppy, but we had more athletes than they did,” said Mariners head coach Mike MacKay-Dunn. “It looked like we only had five or six practices.”

Practices were limited, then non-existent, during the strike by the B.C. Teachers Federation. The Mariners took to the field once or twice until the Surrey School District stopped all extra-curricular activities, but practice resumed once schools reopened Sept. 22.

“You can go out and get on the field as much as you want on your own, but it’s not the same,” said MacKay-Dunn. “As for systems, and precision, we need more practice.

“But the kids were very excited. When something is taken away from you, it’s more precious when you get it back.”

Nathan Brown rushed for more than 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the attack against Howe Sound, Patrick Grabowski added 60 yards rushing and a major score, while Robbie Herrington recovered a fumble and returned it 30 yards for the fourth touchdown.

Quarterback Chris Riley passed for 120 yards and ran for 40 more.

Grabowski and Jaydon Sanderson were the leading tacklers on defense, and Johnny Meneray had an interception.

With their first league game behind them, the Mariners won’t play another until Oct. 24. Until then, MacKay-Dunn has arranged a pair of exhibition games, and hopes to add a third before league play resumes. Earl Marriott will travel to Washington state for a game next Friday, then will host the Duchess Park Condors of Prince George on Oct. 11.

• The Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers opened their Senior AA regular season with a 42-9 loss to the Terry Fox Ravens last Friday.

The Ravens are now 2-0.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey MLA says she’s still in the dark about RCMP investigation

More than three months have passed since Jinny Sims resigned as minister of citizens’ service on Oct. 4

Late artist Li-Leger would be ‘thrilled’ to see exhibit of his work at Surrey gallery

Cora Li-Leger recalls some adventures she shared with husband Don, who died in 2019

One dead following pedestrian collision in South Surrey’s Campbell Heights

Incident occurred just after 7 a.m. on 24 Avenue near 188 Street

Closures planned for Pattullo Bridge to test early warning systems for earthquakes

TransLink recently installed early seismic warning, wind monitoring systems

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Much-raided Langley animal rescue society loses registered charitable status

Revoked following an audit by Canada Revenue Agency, records show

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Youth hit with gun butt during fight at Lower Mainland mall

RCMP are investigating the fight between two groups of youths

Weather warning: 80 mm of rain expected overnight in Metro Vancouver

Environment Canada is urging caution when driving

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Most Read

l -->