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Tomahawks top Chargers in Berry Bowl 35-14


Andrew Hines

Marysville-Pilchuck's Jordan Luton catches the deep pass down the sideline as Marysville Getchell's Garrett Allan trails at Quil Ceda Stadium on Sept. 2

The Berry Bowl kicked off on Friday night, Sept. 23, as the Marysville Getchell Chargers and the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks met for their highly anticipated matchup.

The Tomahawks started out hot as they attacked on the ground, dominated through the air and put up a brick wall on defense. After the first half, Marysville-Pilchuck led the Chargers by a score of 21-0. The Chargers came alive in the second half as they put up 14 points and began to make some crucial stops on defense. However, it was too late as the Tomahawks held off the Chargers on their way to a 35-14 victory.

"It's nice to get our first win of the season no matter who it is. It might be a little sweeter knowing that it was against our rival. But, I thought we did things well offensively, I thought our defense was solid. Our defensive line did a great job tonight stopping a lot of their runs and getting pressure when they went to the air. I'm happy with our performance," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson.

Marysville-Pilchuck put up numbers on Friday night. Quarterback Kee-An Ballard kept his composure throughout the game as he threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Tomahawks also enjoyed the duo of running backs with Galdino Fajardo and Eian Adcock. Fajardo ran for two touchdowns and contributed on defense with a sack and a forced fumble. Adcock also ran for a long touchdown and received out of the backfield for a touchdown as well.

The Chargers had some struggles finding their game early on, but a few leaders kept them in the game in the second half. Caleb Koellmer threw his lone touchdown to Charles Tait on a short 10-yard bullet along the right sideline. Michael Stewart led the rushing attack with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Finally, Stewart and Gage Thomas led the defense as they were flying all over the field, totaling over 30 tackles on the day.

Andrew Hines

Marysville Getchell's Caleb Koellmer, left, and Gage Thomas, right, run the option against Marysville-Pilchuck at Quil Ceda Stadium on Sept. 23.

"We've got to get healthy. I'll be honest, I don't even know who's hurt and who's not, I just know that we didn't have our starters in there at the end of the game. When we're throwing new guys in there, on offense and defense, I think there was a little bit of a miscommunication because the guys playing don't get as many reps as the starters. We played hard, didn't give up and I'm proud of the boys for that. Pilchuck, I'll tip my hat off to them, they had a great game plan and they played hard too," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Davis Lura.

If you want to attend the next Marysville Getchell home game, they will be facing the Stanwood Spartans on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. Marysville-Pilchuck's next home game will be for homecoming as they face the Arlington Eagles on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.


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