The Marysville-Pilchuck football team hosted the Lakeside Lions in their final game of the season on Nov. 1.
The Lions had the first offensive possession of the game and came out swinging as they scored in the first 30 seconds of the game on a 44-yard touchdown run. After allowing Lakeside to get on the board early, the Tomahawks began to wake up and shut down the Lions. Over the next three defensive stands, Marysville-Pilchuck forced two punts and a turnover on downs. During that time, they also rattled off three rushing touchdowns to put them up 21-6 in the first quarter. Through the rest of the half both teams took turns scoring as the Tomahawks entered halftime up 35-20.
In the beginning of the second half, Lakeside started to make a push with a defensive stop and a quick score to get them within seven, 35-28. Unfortunately for the Lions, the Tomahawks began to build momentum once again as they dominated in their running game. Over the last two quarters of the game Marysville-Pilchuck scored three more times on the ground while only allowing one more touchdown. The Tomahawks finished off Lakeside and walked away with the 56-34 victory.
“They did a really good job of turning around a program that hasn’t been winning the last few years. We missed the playoffs, but going 7-3 is something to be proud of and the seniors will leave here with a lot of great memories and accomplishments. We sure are going to miss them,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson.
The Tomahawk offense was led by their stable of seniors including Trenton Hurst, Bryan Sanders, Isaiah Galindo and Jordan Reed. Hurst rushed for over 200 yards and led the game with three rushing touchdowns. Sanders racked up 123 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown and added five tackles, one tackle-for-loss and two pass deflections. Galindo rushed for 101 yards which included a 55-yard rushing touchdown. Reed came in on wildcat sets and found the endzone for two rushing touchdowns.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s defense had a few key players that included Julian Zambrano, Jared Kelly, Jacob Mejia and Jordan Justice. Zambrano had the game-high in tackles with 10, as well as adding one sack and one forced fumble. Kelly and Mejia played on each edge as they combined for 13 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and one sack. Justice had six tackles, a pass deflection and added some offense with 63 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The game against Lakeside was the last game of the season for the Tomahawks as they barely missed the playoffs with an impressive overall record of 7-3. After a strong season, Marysville-Pilchuck will look to reload and make a playoff push next season.