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Tomahawks prepare to return to the gridiron

 

August 30, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Kee-an Ballard, quarterback and captain, feels pressure and throws downfield for a big gain during practice at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Aug. 23.

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School football team is coming off of a down year, but they are hard at work on the field looking to make that a thing of the past.

Last season the Tomahawks finished with a 2-4 record in division play and an overall record of 3-7. Their season was filled with a lot of unexpected turns as they lost a number of key players due to injury, on both sides of the ball. This year they return with an experienced young roster that is eager to prove what they can do.

"We got off to a really good start and right now we're in the dog days where everyone is tired, but I have been really impressed with their mental focus. They've been battling through and hitting all the little details that I want them to," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson.

Kee-an Ballard will play a huge role for the Tomahawks as he is leading them on the offensive side as captain and quarterback. As a multiple year starter he is expected to shoulder the load of the offense and provide leadership to the young group.

Andrew Hines

Jordan Reed receives the quick pass in the flats and turns upfield at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Aug. 23.

Ballard will have a lot of help up front as two of the standout leaders on the team, Guillermo Estrada and Cade Tucker, are protecting him. Estrada is the second captain on the team and the starting center. He has made strides throughout the offseason and looks to be effective in leading a big offensive line.

Tucker anchors the line from the left tackle position with a big frame, standing at 6'4" and 270 pounds. With proper protection, we should expect a lot more production through the air from the run-heavy Marysville-Pilchuck offense.

"We just want to get better each and every week. We have to take it one game at a time and get those young players that maybe haven't played on a Friday night up to speed. It's important to do the little things right and be cohesive," said Coach Carson.

If you want to come out and support the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks, they will be at home against the Snohomish Panthers on Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

 

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