A stout defense and more than 350 yards on the ground helped Marysville Pilchuck defeat Shorecrest 52-7 during its season opener on Sept. 3 at Quil Ceda Stadium.
During Shorecrest’s first drive of the game, Marysville Pilchuck recovered a fumble and shortly thereafter running back Gaylan Gray scored on a 12 yard to go up 7-0.
MP’s offense sputtered through the remainder of the quarter, but its defense held the Scots scoreless.
“It started out a little rough with first-game jitters,” Marysville Pilchuck head coach Brandon Carson said.
At about halfway through the second quarter, Gray scored on a 60-yard run and kicker Ashton Wolff closed out the first half with a 45-yard field goal and MP was ahead 17-0.
On the first play after Marysville Pilchuck received the opening kick-off of the second half, running back Dylan Carson scored on a 63-yard run and, after the kick by Wolff, MP was leading 24-0.
Carson’s run was the first of five MP scores in the second half. The third quarter saw Carson score on additional runs of 16 yards and 14 yards and quarterback Jace Luton threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lucian Curtis. Running back Michael Bejar added another touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Marysville Pilchuck rushed for 360 yards with Carson running for 210 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns. Gray had 88 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. Luton was 5-7 passing for 62 yards and one touchdown pass.
“I thought the defensive line did a great job,” Coach Carson said. The defensive line had four sacks.
He added the team needs to clean up its penalties and they need to start earlier. The majority of MP’s scores took place during the second half.
Marysville Pilchuck heads north to play Stanwood, Sept. 10, at Bob Larson Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.