A group of running backs for Marysville Pilchuck racked up nearly 550 yards rushing during a state playoff victory Nov. 13 at Quil Ceda Stadium.
The Tomahawks defeated Garfield of Seattle 52-21.
“We started off fast,” Marysville Pilchuck coach Brandon Carson said. “I thought we did a good job defensively.”
Running back Jordan Velasquez got the Tomahawks on the scoreboard running for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play after the opening kickoff. The point-after touchdown failed and Marysville Pilchuck was up 6-0.
With a little more than a minute to go in the first quarter, running back Gaylan Gray scored on a 20-yard run. After Dylan Carson added a two-point conversion, Marysville was up 14-0.
Garfield found the end zone soon after when quarterback E.J. Caminong threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Witherspoon with 54 seconds to go in the first quarter. The first quarter ended with Marysville Pilchuck leading 14-7.
Carson scored shortly after the start of the second quarter with a 55-yard run. Garfield responded when Caminong threw another 85-yard touchdown pass to Witherspoon.
Carson added another touchdown with 3:36 remaining in the first half.
With about a minute to go in the half, the Tomahawks stopped Garfield on a fourth down and took the ball over on downs. Kicker Ashton Wolff added three points with a 38-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the first half putting Marysville Pilchuck up 31-14.
Brandon Carson complimented the efforts of linebacker Noah Faber, who made a key fourth-down stop during the game.
“He’s really come into his own toward the end of the season,” coach Carson said.
Marysville Pilchuck extended their lead throughout the third and fourth quarters. Dylan Carson scored on a 75-yard run in the third quarter. Mikey Bejar scored on a seven-yard run and Velasquez added a touchdown on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Garfield added a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Carson finished the game with 281 yards rushing on 20 carries with three touchdowns. Velasquez ran for 161 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns, Bejar had 13 yards on two carries and one touchdown, Gray ran for 86 yards on five carries and Elias Sopi ran for eight yards on three carries.
Marysville Pilchuck heads to Yelm next weekend to face the third ranked team in the state. The Tornados, who plays in the South Sound 3A Conference, advanced in the playoffs by defeating Seattle Prep 52-28 Nov. 13.
Two other Wesco Conference teams didn’t fare so well in playoff games. Arlington lost to Mt. Spokane 38-14 Nov. 13 and Stanwood lost to Eastside Catholic 41-6 Nov. 12.