MP sendoff

Marysville Pilchuck High School football players walk down a drumline in the school’s commons on Nov. 24 as a celebration before a state semi-final game on Nov. 27.

Marysville Pilchuck High School football players got a rallying sendoff on Nov. 24 before their state semi-final game on Nov. 27.

During lunch period a drumline and a number of cheerleaders came out to celebrate the team as a sendoff.

“ I think it’s always a great time to recognize the kids,” said Rocky Verbeck, the Marysville School District’s athletic director.

“Making it to the semi-finals and being one of the top four teams of the state is a pretty cool deal,” he said.

Students were happy to come out to support the team.

“You can see by the energy and the drumline that there is a lot of excitement for the school,” said Verbeck.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring also stopped by the event to recognize the team.

The previous day Nehring had declared Nov. 27 as ‘Marysville Pilchuck Football Day’ in Marysville and encouraged residents to wear white and red that day.

“We just want you guys to know that the whole community is behind you. We’re excited about Saturday and you guys have accomplished something amazing already and made us proud,” said Nehring.

This year has been one of the most successful football seasons for the school in their history.

It is only the second time the team has reached 11 wins, losing only one game. All but two of their victories were by more than 30 points.

Two players on the team rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season.

“Last time they were there [in the state playoffs] a lot of them were sophomores in 2019,” said Verbeck.

“Now they’re seniors and it’s coming together for them. They’ve played some really good teams and have played well together,” he said.

In 2019 the team made it to the quarterfinals before losing.

“This year they took one more step further, and hopefully it doesn’t end there at the semi-finals,” said= Verbeck.

Before this year, Marysville Pilchuck High School had also been in the state semi-finals in 1989 and in 2014.

Verbeck said he also appreciated the coaches who have helped improve the school’s team over the years.

“They have a great coaching staff. [Head Coach] Brandon Carson does a great job keeping them solid fundamental football,” said Verbeck.

It’s good to provide events to celebrate accomplishments from athletes, said Verbeck.

“Anytime you can recognize the positivity of things like that it’s good to do that,” he said.

“It brings a positive image to the school and the kids rally behind it,” he said.

He also wanted to show appreciation for community support this year.

“We thank the community because it’s levy dollars that get us to these situations and allows us to pay for this stuff,” said Verbeck.

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