MARYSVILLE — Opponents know he’s coming but still can’t find a way to stop Austin Denton.
The senior running back continued to run right over the competition, gaining 233 yards on 21 carries and finding the end zone four times while leading Marysville-Pilchuck to a 42-7 Wesco North win over Stanwood.
Denton, who had 177 of his yards before halftime, has rushed for over 200 yards in all four of the Tomahawks’ (2-0 in league, 4-0 overall) victories this season. In this contest he had touchdown runs of 35, 24, 46 and 13 yards.
“You know we really don’t expect (200 rushing yards) but sometimes he makes a lot out of nothing,” M-P head coach Brandon Carson said. “He’s a good back and he’s having a great year.”
Helping Denton was junior Kyle Miller, who got his first varsity start at tailback. The Tomahawks’ first touchdown came on a fake handoff to Denton and then Miller took the ball and ran 11 yards to put M-P up, essentially for good, early in the game. Miller finished with 56 yards on five carries and two touchdowns.
“We got three backs that are working their butts off,” Carson said. “They’re doing a pretty good job so far.”
Another big part of the run game is the blocking of the offensive line. Carson praised the effort of senior guards Kyle Bossom and JJ Gamalinda.
“They’ve played great all season long,” Carson said. “Our guards do a really good job.”
Stanwood’s lone score came on a 54-yard fumble return by Jay Steik late in the second quarter to bring the game to 21-7. It appeared the Spartans (0-2, 0-4) were gaining some momentum going into halftime. But that hit a snag when Denton ran 46 yards for a touchdown three plays later to put the Tomahawks ahead 28-7 at half.
Spartans’ quarterback Michael McCune completed 11 of 26 passes but the defense held those completions to just 39 yards. M-P also intercepted McCune, who left the field with a noticeable limp in the fourth quarter, once.
After allowing 41 points to Skyview last week, M-P buckled down on defense, allowing only seven points and 105 yards of total offense by Stanwood.
“We played a little bit better defense than we did last week,” Carson said. “We did a pretty good job of tackling.”
The Tomahawks, according to their head coach, are not letting their perfect record go to their heads.
“They’re a pretty focused group,” Carson said. “They have high expectations for themselves. We coaches have high expectations. They work really hard in practice. We still have work to do. There’s still room for improvement.
“I’m excited about where we’re at.”
At Quil Ceda Stadium
M-P—Miller 11 run (Bluhm kick)
M-P—Denton 35 run (Bluhm kick)
M-P—Denton 24 run (Bluhm kick)
Stanwood—Steik 54 fumble return (Harris kick)
M-P—Denton 46 run (Bluhm kick)
M-P—Miller 3 run (Bluhm kick)
M-P—Denton 13 run (Bluhm kick)
Records—Stanwood 0-2 league, 0-4 overall. Marysville-Pilchuck 2-0, 4-0.
Lake Stevens 31, Arlington 21: At Lake Stevens, Lake Stevens running back Brennan Frost ran for 147 yards, including two long touchdown runs in the third quarter, as the Vikings outscored the Eagles 24-10 after the half to win the Wesco North showdown. Frost also caught a 57-yard touchdown for the Vikings’ first points in the second quarter. Arlington quarterback Andy Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes in the loss.
At Lake Stevens H.S.
Arlington—Ginnis 30 pass from Smith (Ginnis pass from Smith)
Arlington—FG Pierce 25
Lake Stevens—Frost 57 pass from Daggett (Isaksen kick)
Lake Stevens—Frost 34 run (kick failed)
Arlington—McPherson 39 pass from Smith (Pierce kick)
Lake Stevens—Isaksen 15 pass from Daggett (Lackey pass from Daggett)
Lake Stevens—Frost 66 run (Isaksen kick)
Arlington—FG Pierce 28
Lake Stevens—FG Isaksen 37
Records—Arlington 0-1 league, 1-3 overall. Lake Stevens 2-0, 3-1.
Jackson 31, Edmonds-Woodway 0: At Edmonds, Andy Gay completed 14 of 20 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns to lead Jackson to the Wesco South victory. Riley Carr rushed for 85 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, he also caught two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown and had an interception for the Timberwolves.
At Edmonds Stadium
Jackson—Mead 6 run (Sullivan kick)
Jackson—Carr 1 run (Sullivan kick)
Jackson—FG Sullivan 30
Jackson—Carr 15 pass Gay (Sullivan kick)
Jackson—Mead 18 pass from Gay (Sullivan kick)
Records—Jackson 2-0 league, 4-0 overall. Edmonds-Woodway 0-1, 1-3.
Shorecrest 41, Shorewood 21: At Shoreline, Jordan Brown rushed for 206 yards on 15 carries, including four touchdowns to lead Shorecrest the non-league victory. Shorecrest outrushed Shorewood 245 to 66 in the first half as it put up the first 41 points of the game.
At Shoreline Stadium
Shorecrest—Brown 57 run (Adjorlolo kick)
Shorecrest—Asiedu 25 pass from Hammond (Adjorlolo kick)
Shorecrest—Brown 59 run (Adjorlolo kick)
Shorecrest—Brown 5 run (kick failed)
Shorecrest—M. Johnson 1 run (Adjorlolo kick)
Shorecrest—Brown 33 run (Adjorlolo kick)
Shorewood—Holley 35 run (Yun kick)
Shorewood—Matson 3 run (Yun kick)
Shorewood—Newman 4 run (Yun kick)
Records—Shorewood 0-4 overall. Shorecrest 1-3.
Mount Vernon 29, Oak Harbor 17: At Mt. Vernon, Jake Weber-Koetje completed 20 of 36 passes for 208 yards and rushed for 28 yards and three scores to lead Mount Vernon to a non-conference win. Donovan Hunt rushed 17 times for 170 yards for Oak Harbor and quarterback Clarence Lamont had two rushing touchdowns.
At Mt. Vernon H.S.
Mt. Vernon—Weber-Koetje 1 run (kick failed)
Oak Harbor—Lamont 4 run (Fakkema kick)
Oak Harbor—Lamont 3 run (Fakkema kick)
Mt. Vernon—Mi. Acode 16 run (pass failed)
Mt. Vernon—FG Hodge 27
Mt. Vernon—Weber-Koetje 1 run (Hodge kick)
Oak Harbor—FG Fakkema 28
Mt. Vernon—Weber-Koetje 5 run (Hodge kick)
Records—Oak Harbor 1-3 overall. Mt. Vernon 4-0.
Mariner 56, Lynnwood 20: At Everett, KeiVarae Russell ran roughshod over the Lynnwood defense to help Mariner even its record at 2-2. Russell carried the ball seven times for 159 yards and three touchdowns.
“KeiVarae made a couple runs that were just outstanding runs,” Mariner coach John Ondriezek said. “He’s an explosive gamebreaker.”
The Marauders jumped on the Royals early with four straight scores, capped by a Taylor Gray fumble recovery in the end zone.
“Our kids played well and we are certainly better than we were last week,” Ondriezek said.
Typhis Cochran was the lone bright spot for Lynnwood. The senior running back carried the ball 15 times for 206 yards and a touchdown.
At Goddard Stadium
Mariner—Russell 40 run (Rynkiewicz kick)
Mariner—Rae 2 run (Rynkiewicz kick)
Mariner—Papalii 81 run (Rynkiewicz kick)
Mariner—Gray fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed)
Lynnwood—DeGraw 24 pass from Stanley (kick failed)
Mariner—Russell 41 run (Rynkiewicz kick)
Mariner—Russell 56 run (Rynkiewicz kick)
Mariner—Grant 4 run (Rynkiewicz kick)
Lynnwood—Cochran 15 run (McCann kick)
Mariner—Parker 10 run (Rynkiewicz kick)
Lynnwood—Stanley 3 run (McCann kick)
Records—Lynnwood 0-4 Mariner 2-2.
Mountlake Terrace 24, Glacier Peak 21: At Snohomish, Brandyn Eckhart completed 11 of 19 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown and Casey Ellersick had five receptions for 62 yards and a rushing touchdown to lead Mountlake Terrace to the non-conference win. Glacier Peak quarterback Zack Richter was 21 of 41 for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Jack Bonner had seven receptions for 99 yards and caught both touchdowns for the Grizzlies.
At Snohomish Veterans Memiorial Stadium
GP—Bonner 13 pass from Richter (Miller kick)
Terrace—Ellersick 1 run (kick failed)
Terrace—Eckhart 1 run (Brown pass from Eckhart)
GP—FG Miller 22
GP—FG Miller 39
GP—Bonner 11 pass from Richter (Bonner pass from Richter)
Terrace—Karels 25 pass from Eckhart (Ryals kick)
Terrace—FG Ryals 22
Records—Mountlake Terrace 3-1 overall. Glacier Peak 3-1.
Coupeville 17, Granite Falls 3: At Coupeville, Justin Adams ran for 156 yards on 25 carries to lead Coupeville to the Cascade Conference victory. Jason Bagby completed 10 of his 20 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolves. Coty Walker had 130 yards on 19 carries for the Tigers.
At Coupeville H.S.
Coupeville—FG Adams 18
Granite Falls—FG Gumke 20
Coupeville—Wheat 5 pass from Bagby (Adams kick)
Coupeville—Griffin 10 pass from Bagby (Adams kick)
Records—Granite Falls 0-2 league, 1-3 overall. Coupeville 1-1, 3-1.
Archbishop Murphy 46, Sultan 12: At Everett, Alex Martinez had 13 carries for 132 yards and Austin VanderWel had four carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns for Archbishop Murphy in a Cascade Conference game. VanderWel was 6-of-11 passing for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Murphy out-gained Sultan 336-120 on the ground, but penalties slowed down the pace — Sultan was penalized 12 times for 60 yards, Murphy 10 times for 70 yards. Sultan quarterback Zach Beebe was 11 of 22 passing for 83 yards and one touchdown. Beebe rushed 13 times for 93 yards and one touchdown.
At Ennis Stadium
Sultan—Knoles 8 pass from Beebe (kick failed)
Murphy—VanderWel 36 run (kick failed)
Murphy—Martinez 57 pass from VanderWel (Clark pass from VanderWel)
Murphy—Huggins 5 run (kick failed)
Murphy—VanderWel 29 run (pass failed)
Murphy—Tupou 10 pass from VanderWel (Briede kick)
Sultan—Beebe 76 run (pass failed)
Murphy—Wilkins 38 pass from VanderWel (pass failed)
Murphy—Hobgood 2 run (Briede kick)
Records—Sultan 0-2 league, 1-3 overall. Archbishop Murphy 2-0, 3-1.
King’s 54, Lakewood 34: At Shoreline, Thomas Vincent led King’s to the Cascade Conference win against Lakewood with 23 carries for 226 rushing yards, 251 passing yards and seven touchdowns. Lakewood’s Justin Lane had 220 passing yards and three touchdowns.
At Woolsey Stadium
King’s—Swanson 87 kick off return (Swanson kick)
Lakewood—Lane 69 run (Hawkins run)
Lakewood—Johnston 5 pass from Lane (Hawkins kick)
King’s–Clausen 47 pass from Vincent (Swanson kick)
King’s—Vincent 73 run (Swanson kick)
King’s—Swanson 56 pass from Vincent (Swanson kick)
King’s—Clausen 44 pass from Vincent (Swanson kick)
King’s—Vincent 14 run (kick failed)
King’s—Swanson 27 pass from Vincent (Swanson kick)
King’s—Swanson 5 pass from Vincent (pass failed)
Lakewood—Peterson 2 run (pass failed)
Lakewood—Melton 4 pass from Lane (pass failed)
Lakewood–Johnston 26 pass from Lane (Johnston pass from Lane)
Records—Lakewood 0-2 league, 2-2 overall. King’s 2-0, 3-1.
Cedarcrest 28, South Whidbey 19: At Langley, Jacob Kreigbaum rushed for 209 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns and Jansen Woelz had 84 yards on seven carries and a touchdown to lead Cedarcrest to the Cascade Conference victory.
At South Whidbey H.S.
Cedarcrest—Edwards 9 run (Mowry kick)
South Whidbey—Mead 29 pass from Rawls (Rawls run)
South Whidbey—FG Russell 26
Cedarcrest—Kreigbaum 14 run (Mowry kick)
South Whidbey—Mead 51 pass from Rawls (Bennett pass from Rawls)
Cedarcrest—Woelz 36 run (Woelz pass from Edwards)
Cedarcrest—Kreigbaum 1 run (kick failed)
Records—Cedarcrest 2-0 league, 4-0 overall. South Whidbey 1-1, 2-2.
Bothell 60, Lake Washington 0: At Lake Washington, Bothell had no difficulty remaining unbeaten in a 60-0 thrashing at Lake Washington. The Cougars scored five touchdowns in the first quarter before throttling back and coasting to their first Kingco 4A victory of the year. Luke Proulx rushed for three scores to lead the way for Bothell.
At Lake Washington H.S.
Bothell—Gagnon 7 pass from Muller (Mercer kick)
Bothell—Proulx 1 run (Mercer Kick)
Bothell—Proulx 19 run (Mercer Kick)
Bothell—Galvan 39 punt return (kick failed)
Bothell—Proulx 13 run (Kick failed)
Bothell—Burk 2 run (Mercer kick)
Bothell—Proulx 23 run ( Mercer kick)
Bothell—Watson (Mercer Kick)
Bothell—Taven Shumaker (kick failed)
Records—Bothell 1-0 league, 4-0 overall. Lake Washington 0-1, 0-4.