Fall sports are beginning to kick in and the Marysville Getchell football team held their first practice on Aug. 21, as they are looking to continue where they left off last year.
The Chargers finished last season with an overall record of 5-5 and a division record of 2-4. Heading into the final three weeks of the season, Marysville Getchell only had two wins on the year but went on a huge 3-0 run to finish .500. Their final three games were against the Shorewood Thunderbirds, 28-27, Everett Seagulls, 35-14, and Cascade Bruins, 43-40.
During the offseason the Chargers lost a total of 19 seniors off their varsity roster including five all-league players. A few of the notable graduates were First Team All-League outside linebacker Mejinta Adams, Second Team All-League wide receiver Ryan King and four-year starting quarterback Caleb Koellmer.
“We had one of the best off-season’s that we’ve had in years. They put in a lot of hard work in the weight room and did really well in our camps. We’re really excited to get them out on the field and see what they can do,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Davis Lura.
Marysville Getchell comes into this season with 11 seniors from last year’s varsity roster, four of which ended last year as honorable mentions for All-League teams. The four leaders in the senior class will be Austin Byron at linebacker, Garrett Devereux at wide receiver, Caleb Blonk at defensive back and Max White at linebacker.
The junior class will be looked at to carry a huge role on the team at a few key positions. Reid Kugler will be looked at as a leader on the offensive and defensive lines as he finished as an honorable mention in his sophomore season. Josiah Koellmer will come in as the third Koellmer brother to start at the quarterback position. Landyn Olson is expected to step up as the primary target after finishing his sophomore season as a Second Team All-League receiver. Finally, Cheron Smith will be playing a lot of snaps on both sides of the ball as he will be the primary ball carrier, as well as a starting linebacker. Smith ended his sophomore season as a Second Team All-League inside linebacker.
“Right now we’re working on building our culture and building off of last year. Early on we’re getting them back into shape and just finalizing what type of team we are going to be as we get into the season,” said Coach Lura.
If you’re interested in seeing the Chargers in their first action of the season, they will be taking on the Shorecrest Scots on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.