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M-P football prepares for upcoming season


Andrew Hines

As the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks football team begins practices they are looking to start off strong and improve on what they did last year. With a strong returning cast and great leadership the Tomahawks hope to bring it all together to have postseason success.

"We had a really good offseason. Had a lot of guys commit themselves to the weight room and worked really hard. I can see a lot of differences in their play, strength, speed and what they are able to do. I'm very happy with where we're at and we have to make sure that we just keep progressing. There aren't going to be any easy Friday nights in the WESCO North," said Brandon Carson, Marysville-Pilchuck head football coach.

Andrew Hines

Coach Brandon Carson closes practice by talking to the players at Quil Ceda Stadium on Aug. 19.

Last season the Tomahawks finished with a 3-2 league record and an overall record of 4-6. This gave them a third-place finish in the WESCO North, falling just short of a playoff berth. This year their returning linebacker duo, Tim Barton and Keith Pablo, provide them with a strong defensive mindset heading into the season. On the offensive end, Keshawn Kings has made leaps and bounds in order to become a game-changing athlete for Marysville-Pilchuck.

"It's crazy to think that Wednesday was my last, first day of practice playing high school football. Coming into this being my last year I want to leave an impact on the rest of my life, make this a season I will never forget, and I want to stay healthy for it. I'm looking forward to coming together as a team. I learned over the summer that it is more than winning. It is about coming together and creating a family. We're all doing really well with that early and coming together, but winning will also be awesome," said Tim Barton, Marysville-Pilchuck starting linebacker and team captain.

If you want to attend the first home game of the season, the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks will be facing the Lynnwood Royals at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9.


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