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Tomahawks dominate Berry Bowl 42-6


September 27, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Marysville-Pilchuck's Kyle Noblod takes the short pass for a big gain against the Chargers at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Sept. 22.

The Marysville Getchell Chargers and the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks battled it out on the gridiron for the sixth annual Berry Bowl on Sept. 22.

Both teams started out slow as neither team was able to score on their first drive. However, the Tomahawks forced the first turnover as they intercepted a deep pass across the middle, which resulted in a rushing touchdown a few minutes later. This swing of momentum allowed Marysville-Pilchuck to take control of the game with a consistent offense and a suffocating defense. At halftime the Tomahawks held a commanding lead over the Chargers, 19-0.

Going into the second half the Chargers couldn't seem to find a rhythm as penalties kept them from making a significant push on offense. This resulted in Marysville-Pilchuck taking control once again as they pulled away, ending the third quarter up 42-0. In the fourth, Marysville Getchell began to slowly move the ball and found a few big plays in order to score through the air in the final minutes. In the end the Tomahawks came away with the win, 42-6.

"Any time you get a turnover early and then you're able to capitalize on it, then it's huge for momentum. I thought Kee-an did a really good job throwing the ball tonight and our defense played incredibly. Our running game set up the pass really well, and I'm liking where we're at when it comes to balance on our offense," said M-PHS Head Coach Brandon Carson.

Kee-an Ballard, Tomahawks' quarterback, along with his duo of running backs, Justin Trueax and Trenton Hurst, controlled the offense from start to finish. Ballard finished with three touchdown passes, all coming from beyond 20 yards out. Hurst put the first points on the board as he had one rushing touchdown on a 22-yard gain. Trueax carried the workload in the second half as he scored two rushing touchdowns and tallying up a handful of broken tackles.

On defense, Jordan Justice and Devine Darden took over for the Tomahawks. Justice had the early interception and also contributed on offense with two touchdown grabs. Darden put a lot of pressure on the quarterback as he had two tackles for loss as well as a sack.

Andrew Hines

Tomahawks' Bryan Sanders goes up for the interception as Mejinta Adams-Taylor tries to knock it loose for the Chargers at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Sept. 22.

For the Chargers, Caleb Koellmer and Ian Roskelley stood out on the offensive side of the ball. Koellmer made some plays late with a touchdown pass in the fourth, and also produced some yardage on the ground throughout the game. Roskelley led the Chargers in receptions while also grabbing the only touchdown in the game for Marysville Getchell.

On the defense, Mejinta Adams-Taylor was an absolute disruptor for the Chargers. He finished the game with two sacks, as well as four tackles for loss.

If you want to come cheer on the Marysville Getchell Chargers they will be playing the Oak Harbor Wildcats at home, on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. Or if you want to support the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks they will be facing the Ferndale Golden Eagles at home, on Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.


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