Marysville Pilchuck’s goal to be ‘North’ champ starts tonight

Arlington and Marysville Pilchuck may not be in the same league anymore but don’t think that means this rivalry has gone cold.

In fact, Marysville Pilchuck players are eyeing what they believe can be an overall North title.

“Coach (Brandon) Carson talked to us about the fact that we play Arlington, Lake Stevens and Snohomish right off the bat,” MP linebacker Jordan Hoorn said. “So if we can beat them and take care of North 3A, we can unofficially win the whole North.”

It’s a lofty goal, but if the Tomahawks want to even have a chance at it they have to win tonight. Arlington may have lost a lot to graduation, but the Eagles have plenty of playmakers on offense and defense, including all-purpose player Skylor Elgarico and running back John Decker.

With former Arlington quarterback Blake McPherson now at Army, Hoorn, who was honored with a spot on The Seattle Times’ preseason 3A all-state team on Thursday, said Arlington may come out and try to establish the run, something it didn’t do a lot last season.

“They really ran the ball on us two years ago and I think they might do that (tonight),” said Hoorn. Arlington has won the past two games over Marysville Pilchuck, which moved down to 3A this season and out of the Wesco North 4A.

Here’s a breakdown of tonight’s games:


Where: Quil Ceda Stadium, Marysville

When: 7 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Key players: Arlington—Skylor Elgarico, Sr., RB/WR/DB; John Decker, Sr., RB; Austin Wells, Jr., QB; A.J. Passalacqua, Sr., QB. Marysville Pilchuck—Jake Luton, Jr., QB; Kyle Nobach, Sr., WR/DB; Austin Joyner, So., RB; Jordan Hoorn, Sr., LB; Iggy Gabov, Sr., OL/DL.

Twitter: @aaronlommers


The pick: MP 33, Arlington 20


Where: Edmonds Stadium

When: 5 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Breakdown: Defending Wesco 3A champ Meadowdale is again a favorite in the new-look Wesco South 3A, while Kamiak is coming off an injury-marred season. But the Knights showed promise early last season under the guidance of then-junior Brett Ludeman, including nearly beating eventual Wesco champion Lake Stevens.

Key players: Kamiak—Brett Ludeman, Sr., QB; Austin Hall, Jr., RB/DB; Tyri Bethea, Sr., WR/DB; Isaiah Lee, Sr., RB/DB; Ian Hughes, Sr., OL/DL. Meadowdale—Michael Cummings, Sr., RB/LB; Brian Marty, Sr., QB; Giavani Shepard, Sr., RB/DB; Morgan Masanda, Sr., RB/DB; Jeremy Gomez, Sr., DL.

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The pick: Kamiak 20, Meadowale 18


Where: Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium

When: 7 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Breakdown: Lake Stevens lost a ton of talent after winning the Wesco title last season, including quarterback Jake Nelson. The Vikings also lost most of their defensive coaching staff when defensive coordinator Joe Cronin left for Cascade. Glacier Peak returns solid skill players — Sean Elledge, Quinton Dunbar — to complement new quarterback Chris Becerra.

Key players: Lake Stevens—Andrew Elgaen, Sr., TE/LB; Conner Coleman, Sr., WR/DB; Gavin O’Neil, Jr., QB; Brandon Johnson, Sr., G/DT; Carey Campbell, Sr., TE/DE. Glacier Peak—Sean Elledge, Sr., WR/DB; Quinton Dunbar, Sr., RB/WR/LB; Chris Becerra, Sr., QB; Nate Sandstrom, Sr., OT.

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Radio: KXA (1520 AM)

The pick: Glacier Peak 37, Lake Stevens 32


Where: Everett Memorial Stadium

When: 5 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Breakdown: Monroe is coming off its best season in 19 years, which included three wins over Wesco South teams. Jackson, meanwhile, lost its startering quarterback (Sam Brown), running back (Trai Patrick) and main pass catcher (Andrew Dodd) from last season.

Key players: Monroe—Mitchell Price, Sr., QB; Hunter Bingham, Jr., QB; Gabe Moore, Jr., RB/LB; Dylan Judson, Sr., TE/LB; Max Blais, Jr., RB/LB. Jackson—Conor Plaisance, Sr., QB; Larry Baker-Bruce, Sr., RB/WR/DB.

Twitter: @swaney_aaron79

The pick: Monroe 24, Jackson 17


Where: Terry Ennis Stadium

When: 7 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Breakdown: Archbishop Murphy will be playing its first game under new coach Bill Marsh. North Kitsap, meanwhile, returns 15 starters from a team that nearly won an Olympic League title last season.

Key players: Archbishop Murphy—Alex Galgano, Sr., RB/SS; Frank Medlicott, Sr., FB/LB; Hans VanderWel, Sr., QB. North Kitsap—A.J. Milyard, Sr., QB; Greg Warns, Sr., OL/DL; Zach Moss, Sr., OL/DL; J.T. Nettleton, Jr. WR/DB.

Twitter: @ebenner83

The pick: Archbishop Murphy 26, North Kitsap 24


Where: Franklin Pierce H.S.

When: 7 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Breakdown: For the second straight season, Lakewood hits the road to take on a strong foe. Last year the Cougars came from behind to knock off Prairie in southwest Washington. This year they travel to Washington, which is near Tacoma, to take on the 10th-ranked Patriots.

Key players: Lakewood—Justin Peterson, Sr., QB/WR/DB; Donovan Evans, Sr., RB; Brandon Stott, Sr., WR; Dylan Donahue, So., T/DE. Washington—Victor Gamboa, Sr., WR; Ramsey Davis, Sr., RB; Jordan Mezias, Sr., QB.

Twitter: @jonsap

The pick: Lakewood 29, Washington 23


Where: Stanwood H.S.

When: 7 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Breakdown: Two teams that are looking for bounce back seasons, the Hawks travel north to take on the Spartans and first-year head coach Doug Trainor. Terrace is led by junior running back Devante Downs. Stanwood has twins Brian and Kyle O’Donnell to lean on.

Key players: Mountlake Terrace—Devante Downs, Jr., RB; Mason Stone, Sr., WR/DB; Beau Kennedy, Sr., QB; Quintin Barnard, Sr., WR/DB. Stanwood—Kyle O’Donnell, Sr., OL/DL; Brian O’Donnell, Sr., TE/LB; Jake Campbell, Sr., WR; Kyle Strachan, Sr., RB.

The pick: Stanwood 21, Mountlake Terrace 17


Where: Wildcat Memorial Stadium, Oak Harbor

When: 7 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Breakdown: Oak Harbor has a huge senior class, including quarterback Ian Kolste, but lost running backs Josiah Miller and Brent Ryan. Snohomish returns a number of seniors such as all-state defensive back Russell Crippen, but senior running back Peter St. Marie will sit this game out with a broken tibia.

Key players: Snohomish—Russell Crippen, Sr., RB/WR/DB; Kyle Gionet, Sr., QB. Oak Harbor—Ian Kolste, Sr., QB; Dayne Herron, Sr., OT/DT; Jeremy Foster, Sr., OT/DT; Isaiah Trower, Sr., RB/DB.


The pick: Oak Harbor 34, Snohomish 24


Where: Woolsey Stadium, Shoreline

When: 7 p.m.

Records: First game for both teams.

Breakdown: After both teams had their opening game canceled, King’s and Lynden figured out a way to play each other. Both teams are ranked No. 1 in their respective classifications.

Key players: King’s—Billy Green, Sr., QB; Mason Friedline, Sr., OL/DL; Caleb Taylor, Sr., WR; Ben Welch, Sr., RB/WR. Lynden—Caleb Newman, Sr., OL/DL; Matt Meyer, Sr., OL/DL; Luke Christianson, Jr., RB/DB.


The pick: King’s 35, Lynden 30


Mount Vernon at Sedro-Woolley, 7 p.m., Webcast:; Lynnwood vs. Shorecrest at Shoreline Stadium, 7 p.m.; Marysville Getchell at Mariner, 7 p.m.; North Mason at Sultan, 7 p.m.; Cedarcrest at Sammamish, 7 p.m.; Granite Falls at Cedar Park Christian (Bothell), 7 p.m.; South Whidbey vs. Chelan at Sargent Field, 7 p.m., Webcast:; Liberty Bell at Darrington, 7 p.m.; Coupeville at Bellevue Christian, 7 p.m.; Everett vs. Edmonds-Woodway, Edmonds Stadium, 8 p.m., Webcast: My Edmonds News; Shorewood vs. Cascade, Everett Memorial Stadium, 8 p.m.

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