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Tomahawks fall to Snohomish 38-22


September 6, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Marysville-Pilchuck senior Devine Darden lays a big hit on the Snohomish running back and forces a fumble early in the first quarter at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Sept. 1.

The Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks football team took on the Snohomish Panthers in a tough fought game on Sept. 1.

The Tomahawks got off to a great defensive start as they recovered a fumble six seconds into the first quarter. From there, Marysville-Pilchuck couldn't get their offense going as they were forced to punt or turned the ball over for almost the entire first half. The Panthers didn't have as much trouble as their running back Keegan Stich had two big scores, one coming from 78 yards out. Near the end of the first half, the Tomahawks earned their first score after picking up a fumble in the end zone.

The second half was a lot of the same thing for the Tomahawk offense as they failed to score throughout the third quarter. However, the Tomahawks did manage to put points on the scoreboard after a 50-yard pick six in the end of the third. At the end of the quarter, the Tomahawks inched closer with a score of 28-14.

In the last quarter, Snohomish's Stich ran another long touchdown and kept them out ahead of Marysville-Pilchuck. With a short rushing touchdown in the end of the fourth, the Tomahawks ended their game with a loss of 38-22.

"I think our defense played really well at times tonight. They did a really good job flying around, trying to contain Stich is not easy to do, but for the most part they did a good job. We have to do a better job at making plays and I think that'll come in time," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson.

Andrew Hines

Jordan Justice, 27, follows the block by Bryan Sanders, 23, on the kick return at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Sept. 1.

Devine Darden, defensive end, and Zion Botelho, defensive back, played huge roles on the defensive end for the Tomahawks. Darden finished the game with a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown. Botelho came up big in the third with a 50-yard pick six off of a screen pass.

Kee-an Ballard used his legs whenever he could as he scrambled for a big portion of the offensive yards and scored the only offensive touchdown on a short run.

"We've got a lot of young guys playing out there, sophomores playing on Friday nights is a steep learning curve, but it'll come together. We started a lot of young kids and they'll understand what it takes to compete at a high level and win. It's a great group of young kids and they'll be okay," said Coach Carson.

The Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks next home game will be against the Squalicum Storm on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.


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