Shockers fall in home finale

Cole Koenig (81) with the Shocker’s only touchdown. Also shown are Jacob Stibal (2) and Shaun Marchand (60). (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

 

By Jim Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield football team lost to visiting Brewster 48-8 on Oct. 21.

The opening kickoff brought an 80-yard return by the Bears. On Brewster’s kickoff, the Shocker’s Cole Koenig (81) had an 80-yard kickoff return. In the opening seconds, the score was tied 8-8 with the promise of being a very exciting game.

But, that was not to happen. The Bears quickly scored again on their next possession with a failed 2-point conversion attempt. The second quarter opened with Brewster getting the ball and, with a 20-yard pass and 10-yard run, they scored again.

The Shockers got the ball moving with a 50-yard run by Johnny Mullen (83). Quarterback Tristen Marden (3) was intercepted by Brewster’s Ernie Nanamkin (11) for a 95-yard touchdown run. Later, Mullen intercepted a Bears’ pass. The Shockers were on the Bears’ 20-yard line and fumbled with Brewster recovering the ball. The first half ended with the Shockers unable to punch the ball in on the 4-yard line of Brewster.

The second half was no better for the Shockers. Tanner Marden (21) took the Brewster kickoff on the 30-yard line down to the Bears’ 38-yard line. The Shockers fumbled on the 30-yard line and the Bears had a 70-yard touchdown run. The Bears scored again with a successful 2-point conversion. Tristen Marden ran to the 45-yard line of the Bears, but with a personal foul on the Shockers it was now first-and-20. Two plays later, the Shockers fumbled a second time but recovered the ball. A Shocker pass was caught but fumbled. The ball was recovered by the Bears and was run in for their final touchdown of the night.

The Bears started the game at what one thought to be a big disadvantage — they had only one extra player on the sideline. The Shockers had 13 players in reserve. It seemed to be the faster running skills of the Bears that plagued the Shockers.

The game was also senior night honoring Shocker seniors playing their last home game.

The loss brings the Shockers’ record to 1-6 heading into their season finale in Oroville at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.

Brewster will play Manson this week for the fifth-place spot in the CW2BL standings, with the winner getting a shot at the state playoffs.

— Other Empire Press sources contributed to this story.