A 56-point first half propelled Marysville Pilchuck to a win in the 10th Berry Bowl Sept. 17 against Marysville Getchell at Quil Ceda Stadium.
In the end, MP won 63-13 to bring their record to 3-0 on the season.
“Marysville Pilchuck is probably one of the best teams I’ve seen play,” Marysville Getchell head coach Davis Lura said. “My hat’s off to them.”
Marysville Pilchuck started scoring from the first play after the opening kickoff. Running back Michael Bejar found the end zone on a 65-yard run. Dylan Carson followed with runs of 26 yards, 95 yards and 46 yards. Fellow running back Jordan Velasquez added a 38-yard touchdown run to put Marysville Pilchuck up 35-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“The wind got taken out of our sails in the first quarter,” Lura said. “The boys played their hearts out.”
Velasquez added two more touchdowns in the second quarter for Marysville Pilchuck with runs of 53 yards and 12 yards. Carson closed out the half with an 11-yard run.
“I thought we had a great performance in all phases of the game on Friday night,” Marysville Pilchuck head coach Brandon Carson said in an email. He highlighted the efforts of the offensive line, as well as the defensive line which did a good job tackling and forcing a couple of turnovers.
Lura said the Chargers were dealing with injuries. Quarterback Keegan Agen and lineman Niko Palelei didn’t play. Running back Riley Riba didn’t play after the first quarter.
During the second half Marysville Pilchuck’s Gaylan Gray added a five-yard run in the third quarter. The Chargers scored 13 points in the fourth quarter with Logan Maddock scoring on a 15-yard run and Connor Capone scoring on an eight-yard run.
“We had a lot of adversity in the game and they never gave up,” Lura said of his players.
Carson rushed for 210 yards on seven carries with four touchdowns and Velasquez rushed for 126 yards on six carries with three touchdowns. Michael Bejar rushed for 79 yards on seven carries with one touchdown and Gray rushed for 19 yards on six carries with one touchdown. Marysville Pilchuck rushed for 447 yards Friday night.
Marysville Pilchuck’s win Friday night brings its Berry Bowl record over Marysville Getchell to 10-0.
Friday’s loss drops the Chargers to 2-1. Marysville Getchell hosts Oak Harbor Sept. 24 at Quil Ceda Stadium.
“We’re just looking forward to moving forward and taking it one game at a time,” Lura said.
Marysville Pilchuck travels to Glacier Peak Sept. 24 to take on the Grizzlies, which is a 4A school that is ranked 13 by Maxpreps.com.
“Next week’s game will be a big test for us,” Carson said in an email. “Glacier Peak is one of the best teams in the state. We are going to have our hands full.”