The Marysville Getchell football team opened their season with a matchup against the Shorecrest Scots on Sept. 6.
The Scots received the kickoff and began marching down the field as the Chargers started to slow down their run. However, after only gaining a few yards in back-to-back attempts, Shorecrest took a shot over the top and were taken down on the one-yard line. After scoring within the first four minutes of the game, the Scots were up 7-0. Marysville Getchell couldn’t get their offense going and were forced to punt shortly after. Before the end of the quarter, Shorecrest scored once again with a run to lead 14-0. Through the rest of the half the Chargers defense caught fire, forcing two turnovers and keeping the Scots at 14 points.
Marysville Getchell came out as a completely different team in the second half as they found a rhythm in their ground game and marched down the field. They found a hole in the Shorecrest defense and scored on a long 36-yard run. After a blocked PAT they closed the gap, 14-6. Immediately after, the Chargers forced a turnover and scored on a short run, followed by a failed two-point conversion. For the rest of the game both teams fought back and forth, but neither of them were able to get into the end zone. Shorecrest ended up walking away with the 14-12 victory.
When asked about the team’s response after falling behind early, Chargers’ Head Coach Davis Lura said, “the great thing about being at this school is that our tradition is to work hard, no matter the score, and have great character. I think we showed that tonight.”
The Chargers’ two-way starter junior Cheron Smith dominated on both sides of the ball all game. He led the team with 100 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on offense to go along with a game-high 11 tackles and a tackle for loss.
Three more big-time players were seniors Phillip Melomey, Garrett Devereux and junior Landyn Olson. Melomey, receiver/linebacker, rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown to go with his two tackles. Devereux, receiver/safety, finished the game with four tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection. Olson, receiver/defensive back, made plays all over the field as he had two receptions, 30 receiving yards, three tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.
“We ran the ball better than we’ve ever done at this school. The most important thing for us tonight was to stay patient and let our ground game open up everything else,” said Coach Lura.
The Chargers' next home game will be against the Ferndale Golden Eagles on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.