Marysville Pilchuck’s football team is busy this week preparing to play in the semifinals in the 3A tournament. 

The Tomahawks traveled approximately 100 miles Nov. 20 to play against Yelm and defeat the Tornados 39-21 at their home field. 

“It was a good win for us,” Marysville Pilchuck coach Brandon Carson said.

Senior running back Dylan Carson ran for 427 yards on 28 carries and scored five touchdowns. Jordan Velasquez ran for 14 yards on eight rushes, Gaylen Gray had 19 yards on three rushes and Mikey Bejar ran for 28 yards on two rushes.

Yelm scored first on a 10-yard pass to lead 6-0 in the first quarter. 

Later in the first quarter, Dylan Carson scored his first touchdown on a 65-yard run and, after the point after, Marysville Pilchuck had the lead 7-6. The Tomahawks extended their lead in the first quarter to 14-6 after Dylan Carson scored on a one-yard run. 

The Tornados tied the game in the second quarter with touchdown on a 15-yard run. 

Brandon Carson highlighted a key fourth-down conversion late in the second quarter when senior running back Jordan Velasquez scored on a 29-yard pass from senior quarterback Jace Luton. Halftime saw Marysville Pilchuck leading Yelm 20-14.

“I thought everybody did their job,” Carson said of the team. 

The third quarter saw Marysville Pilchuck extend their lead to 26-14 when Dylan Carson scored on a 22-yard run (the point after kick failed).

Carson continued his scoring with a 90-yard run in the fourth quarter (two-point conversion failed). Yelm followed up with a six-yard pass. Carson finished Marysville’s scoring with a 53-yard run (kick good). 

Brandon Carson added that senior defensive back Jamaari Jefferson sealed the game with an interception late in the game. 

Up next for the Tomahawks is top-seeded Bellevue, who are undefeated and competes in the KingCo 3A conference. 

Carson said the Wolverines have put a ton of points on the scoreboard throughout the season.

“We’re just excited to be practicing for another week,” Carson said. 

Marysville Pilchuck’s semifinal game takes place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

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