The Wesco North Champion Marysville-Pilchuck football team hosted the Wesco South Champion Snohomish Panthers in one of the most anticipated matchups of the week on Nov. 1.
The Panthers took a risk to open the game as they went for an onside kick and failed, putting the Tomahawks in great field position. With a short field, Marysville-Pilchuck scored on a long run to put them up 7-0 only a few minutes into the quarter. Over the next few changes of possession, the Tomahawks forced Snohomish to punt the ball on back-to-back drives and were able to score once again on a long run before the end of the quarter. This put them up 14-0 going into the second quarter.
Throughout the rest of the first half Marysville-Pilchuck continued to dominate on both sides of the ball. Their dominance included two more rushing touchdowns, a passing touchdown, two turnovers and forcing the Panthers to punt the ball five times. After falling behind 35-0, Snohomish managed to get into field goal range and nailed a 50-plus yard field goal to go into halftime down 35-3.
In the second half the Tomahawks did not skip a beat as they shutdown the Panthers' opening drive with an interception along the sideline. They continued to find the end zone two more times, one on a pass and the other a pick-six, while also hitting a field goal in the half. Marysville-Pilchuck’s defense stood strong and did not allow any more points to Snohomish, subbing in their backups for the entirety of the fourth quarter. The Tomahawks walked away with the blowout victory, 52-3, and the 3A Wesco Championship.
“It feels great to get the win and I know it wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have all those guys around me. We want to keep winning, we want to keep this up and hopefully we can continue to play like this all the way through the playoffs,” said Tomahawks’ senior running back/safety Jordan Justice.
Justice was incredible on both sides of the ball. On offense he took seven carries for a game-high 144 rushing yards and three touchdowns. From the safety position he racked up five tackles, a pass deflection and a 60-yard pick six.
Other offensive standouts were Jake Elwood, Dillon Kuk, Terren Pablo and Dylan Carson. Elwood, senior quarterback, threw for 81 yards with two passing touchdowns as well as three rushing yards with one rushing touchdown. Kuk, senior receiver/safety, had four carries for 36 yards, one reception for a 47-yard touchdown, as well as two tackles and a pass deflection on defense. Pablo, senior tight end/linebacker, had one catch for a 34-yard touchdown and three tackles on defense. Carson, sophomore running back, had a total of eight carries for 72 rushing yards.
“Defensively we were phenomenal tonight, I’m really happy with their effort, and we did just enough things on offense to take care of business. From here on out everything is going to be tough, it’s win or go home and I think our kids are ready for it,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson.
On the defensive end the Tomahawks were led by Mauro Bejar, Kyle Nyblod, Zion Botelho and Jordan Velasquez. Bejar, senior linebacker, had a game-high 15 tackles, seven tackles for loss and a pass deflection. Nyblod, senior outside linebacker, was second on the team in tackles with eight, one tackle for loss, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery. Botelho, senior linebacker, and Velasquez, sophomore cornerback, each had an interception on the day as well as combining for seven tackles.
Your next chance to watch the Tomahawks will be in the first round of the 3A Playoffs as they take on the Ballard Beavers at home at Quil Ceda Stadium on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.