The Marysville-Pilchuck football team looked to keep their undefeated record as they matched up with the 3-1 Ferndale Golden Eagles on Oct. 18.
The Tomahawks scored their fastest touchdown of the season, as they forced a fumble on the kickoff and ran it in to go up 7-0 in the first six seconds of the game. After stumbling at the beginning, the Golden Eagles put together a run-heavy drive as they worked slowly down the field and tied up the game, 7-7, with 5:29 left in the quarter. Marysville-Pilchuck continued their dominance on the offensive end as they took the kick return back into Ferndale territory. After establishing great field position, they put together a quick drive and scored again on the ground, extending their lead to 14-7.
In the second quarter, Ferndale continued to battle back as they forced an early turnover and broke out for a huge 29-yard touchdown run to tie it up once again at 14-14. Shortly after, Marysville-Pilchuck answered back with a huge 47-yard touchdown run of their own as they took the lead back 21-14. Through the rest of the half both teams had a few miscues and neither of them were able to score again as the Tomahawks entered the half up 21-14.
The second half was a different story for the Tomahawks as their defense began to dominate and their offense had a long list of explosive plays. Through the final two quarters, Marysville-Pilchuck forced three turnovers on downs and forced a fumble, while scoring three rushing touchdowns. Ferndale was never able to find the end zone after the first half and the Tomahawks secured the blowout victory, 42-14.
“It feels great to put up those numbers, but I know it wouldn’t be possible without that offensive line in front of me and Jordan to play off of. Even though I’ll get credit on the scoresheet, I give all the credit to them because they make it a lot easier,” said Tomahawks’ sophomore running back Dylan Carson.
The offense was led by senior running back Jordan Justice and Player-of-the-Game sophomore running back Dylan Carson. Justice had nine carries for 80 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Carson racked up 19 carries for a monstrous 278 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Dylan’s performance was highlighted by two huge runs, one going for 66 and the other going for 80 yards.
“We played really hard and it really was a team win tonight executing in each aspect of the game,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson. When asked about his son’s performance he said, “I’m really proud of him, he had one heck of a game tonight, and he’s had a great season so far. He has a lot of games in front of him and I’m just glad he runs like his mom.”
Marysville-Pilchuck’s defense made a lot of big plays as their seniors stepped up and performed. Their leading tacklers at linebacker, Terren Pablo and Kyle Nyblod, combined for 20 tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass deflection. The other two key linebackers were Mauro Bejar, eight tackles and a tackle for loss, and Zion Botelho, seven tackles and a fumble recovery. On the defensive line the Tomahawks were led by Lincoln Davis, six tackles, Austin Diaz, two tackles and a forced fumble, and Michael McPherson who had six tackles and a forced fumble. In the defensive backfield senior defensive back and wide receiver Dillon Kuk had three tackles, a fumble recovery and 33-yard catch on the offensive end.
Alongside the dominant play from the seniors, junior receiver Sergio Macias-Rossiter also stepped up with the first touchdown of the game off a fumble recovery.
If you want to come out for the Tomahawks' last game of the regular season, they will be taking on the Arlington Eagles on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., at AHS, as they battle for the Wesco North 3A Championship.