The Marysville Getchell football team went to battle against the Ferndale Golden Eagles in an up-and-down performance, on Sept. 20.
Ferndale came out with a strong ground game as they marched down the field and scored within the first two minutes. After falling behind early, Marysville Getchell had their chance on offense as they were able to successfully convert twice on fourth down. However, on the Golden Eagles’ 18-yard line they fumbled and lost their chance at scoring on the drive. Through the rest of the first half the Chargers didn’t find much success with the ball and seemed to only slow down Ferndale, as they entered halftime down 27-0.
Coming into the second half the Chargers began to shift their offensive focus to attacking through the air. They gained yardage with huge plays down the field and put up their first points four minutes into the third quarter. There wasn’t much offensive production through the rest of the quarter as both teams were forced to punt. In the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles managed to score two more times while Marysville Getchell was able to put up one more touchdown in the final few minutes. In the end, the first half lead proved to be too much, as the Chargers lost 41-14.
“We made a lot of mistakes after multiple series of successful plays. But, going forward we’ll keep getting better, and it’s good to see us being able to have this two-headed monster in being able to run the option and attack through the air,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Davis Lura.
On the offensive end, Marysville Getchell was led by their juniors Josiah Koellmer, Cheron Smith and Landyn Olson. Koellmer, quarterback, passed for over 160 yards, ran for 32 and tallied two passing touchdowns. Smith, fullback and linebacker, rushed for 36 yards, caught one pass for 43 yards, earned one receiving touchdown and also put up six tackles on defense. Olson, receiver and defensive back, added on four receptions, 27 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown and five tackles.
Other big contributors for the Chargers were their two-way players in Phillip Melomey, Aiden Verdugo and Austin Byron. Melomey, senior receiver and linebacker, caught five passes for 27 yards while adding on 10 rushing yards and six tackles. Verdugo, junior receiver and linebacker, caught three passes for 48 yards and tallied three tackles. Byron, senior running back and linebacker, took advantage of his touches as he had three carries for 40 yards and four tackles.
The Chargers next home game will be their Homecoming matchup against the Squalicum Storm on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.