The Marysville-Pilchuck football team hosted their crosstown rival Marysville Getchell Chargers for the annual Berry Bowl, on Oct. 5.
The Tomahawks received the kick to start the game and then went on a short two-minute offensive drive. With a strong push from the offensive line and explosive playmakers out of the backfield, Marysville-Pilchuck scored on their first drive. The Chargers got the ball, after blocking Pilchuck’s PAT attempt, but their drive got stalled on the Tomahawks’ 28-yard line. Before the end of the first quarter Marysville-Pilchuck scored once again on a long run and scored on the PAT to lead 13-0.
The Chargers' defense started to find it’s footing in the second quarter as they slowed down the Tomahawks. About halfway through the quarter Marysville-Pilchuck pounded out a slow drive and scored on a short-yardage run. Marysville Getchell was able to move the ball on the following drive and get within field goal range for a 31-yard field goal that sailed between the uprights. Heading into halftime the Tomahawks led 20-3.
The second half was more of the same as the Chargers weren’t able to move the ball effectively against the Marysville-Pilchuck defense. The Tomahawks relied on their ground game through the second half and scored two more times in the third quarter. In the end, Marysville-Pilchuck walked away with the 33-3 victory and their sixth consecutive Berry Bowl victory.
“The beauty of our offense is that we have a lot of different guys that can touch the ball and make things happen. I was very impressed with how we were able to force pressure on both sides of the ball and stayed steady throughout the game,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson.
The Tomahawks were led on offense by their three-headed monster of Trenton Hurst, Bryan Sanders and Jordan Justice. Hurst, senior running back, ran for over 200 yards to go along with his two touchdown scores. Sanders, senior running back, ran for over 100 yards and also played a key role on the defense with eight tackles. Justice, junior running back, garnered over 50 all-purpose yards and scored on a short-yardage run.
Marysville-Pilchuck also had a big defensive performance from their junior defensive back Dillon Kuk. He finished the game with a handful of tackles and an incredible two interceptions in the second half.
The Chargers were led by Caleb Koellmer, Ryan King, Dylan Rice and Cameron Hazelwood. Koellmer, senior quarterback, had over 100 yards passing and grabbed a few yards on the ground. King, senior running back and defensive back, put up over 40 all-purpose yards and led the defense with 10 tackles and a forced fumble. Rice, senior defensive back, tallied seven tackles of his own as well as two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Hazelwood, sophomore kicker, was the only Charger to score as he hit the 31-yard field goal before halftime.
If you want to support the Tomahawks their next home game will be against the Arlington Eagles on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. Or if you want to come cheer on the Chargers, their next home game is against the Oak Harbor Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.