Marysville’s high schools went head-to-head March 12 at Quil Ceda Stadium in the annual Berry Bowl.
Marysville-Pilchuck High School Tomahawks bested the Marysville Getchell Chargers 49-21. The game took place in an empty stadium during a shortened and delayed season due to the pandemic.
“Offensively we did a lot of things really well,” Tomahawk coach Brandon Carson said. “Our offensive line did great.”
He highlighted the efforts of the running backs. Dylan Carson ran for 243 yards on 14 carries, scoring five touchdowns. Jordan Velasquez ran for 109 yards on nine carries and scoring two touchdowns.
Marysville-Pilchuck, who was playing as the visiting team Friday, started the scoring early in the first quarter Carson running for a 19-yard score. Later in the first quarter, Velasquez ran for a 52-yard run putting the Tomahawks up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“I thought our kids played really hard,” Getchell coach Davis Lura said adding the Charger defense couldn’t stop Pilchuck’s running game.
Getchell got on the board early in the second quarter with Cheron Smith scoring on an 11-yard run. Marysville-Pilchuck answered on the next possession with Velasquez scoring on a 66-yard touchdown pass from Jace Luton. Carson scored later in the second quarter with 46-yard run.
Near the end of the second quarter, Getchell’s Keegan Agen caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Landyn Olson. The Chargers recovered the ensuing kickoff but were stopped at the one-yard line before time in the first half expired.
Lura said the score could have been 28-21 instead of 28-14 at the half.
The Chargers lost their starting quarterback Agen to a shoulder injury on the first play of the second half. Backup quarterback Logan Maddock took over.
“He should be back in a week,” Lura said of Agen.
Carson scored on a 33-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Pilchuck went up 35-14.
The fourth quarter started with the Chargers’ Landyn Olson scoring on a four-yard run. However, the Tomahawks answered with Carson scoring on two runs, the first from 16 yards and the second from 74 yards.
“The second half kind of got away from us,” Lura said.
The March 12 game between Marysville Getchell and Marysville-Pilchuck marked the second game of the truncated football season. On March 6, Marysville-Pilchuck lost to Glacier Peak 35-7 and Marysville Getchell lost to Lakewood 69-0.
Teams will play five games this through March and there won’t be any post-season play for this school year.
“We’re getting a second chance,” Lura said of the season.
Due to COVID-19, spectators weren’t able to watch the game from the stands, but they could watch it via live-stream.
“It’s a little bit different, but I’m just happy for the boys,” Carson said.
He added that the evening felt a little different during warm-ups before the game. But it changed once the game started.
“You’re focused on your job, so you don’t recognize the crowd being there,” Carson said.
The Marysville School District is livestreaming its varsity games from it’s Facebook page at facebook.com/MarysvilleSD.
Both Marysville Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell are on the road for the March 19 games. The Tomahawks head to Arlington to face the Eagles while the Chargers head to Cedarcrest in Duvall to face Red Wolves. Start time for both games is 7 p.m.