The Snohomish County high school football season continues this week. Here’s a look at some of the top Week 3 matchups involving local teams:
MARYSVILLE GETCHELL AT MARYSVILLE PILCHUCK
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Quil Ceda Stadium (Marysville Pilchuck H.S.)
The skinny: Crosstown rivals meet in the 11th edition of the Berry Bowl. Marysville Pilchuck has dominated this series by winning all 10 of the previous meetings, including nine by 28 points or more. Despite an 0-2 record, Marysville Getchell appears to have one of its best chances to end its losing streak to the Tomahawks in recent years. Both teams look to avoid an 0-2 start in league play.
Marysville Getchell: 0-2, 0-1 Wesco 3A North; lost to Cascade 41-21, lost to Arlington 21-14
About the Chargers: Getchell is coming off a tough Week 2 loss to Arlington after controlling the ball for most of the first half en route to a 14-7 lead. The Chargers offense went cold over the final two quarters and had a costly fourth-quarter fumble deep in Arlington territory on a potential game-tying drive. Getchell attempts to bounce back this week to avoid falling to 0-2 in league play and 0-11 in the all-time series with its school district rival. Carter Schmidt is the focal point of the Chargers’ option-based flexbone offense. The senior quarterback has accounted for all five of the team’s touchdowns — four rushing, one passing — and carried the load in a gutty 173-yard rushing performance against Arlington. He’s averaging 6.1 yards per carry with 236 yards over two games. Running back Gabriel Warren’s 89 yards on the ground is second to Schmidt. Junior linebacker Andrew Withers and Schmidt each have an interception on defense, and senior defensive lineman Gio Santana has a team-best two tackles for loss.
Marysville Pilchuck: 1-1, 0-1 Wesco 3A North; beat Edmonds-Woodway 20-16, lost to Stanwood 30-16
About the Tomahawks: After graduating many key seniors from last year’s Class 3A state semifinal team, a new-look MP squad is off to a solid start under first-year coach Dalton Schwetz. The Tomahawks pulled out a win over perennial Wesco 3A South title contender Edmonds-Woodway to start the season and hung with 3A No. 10 Stanwood in the first half last week before surrendering 21 unanswered points after the break. MP is throwing the ball a bit more than in recent years, but the run game has still been the key early on. Sophomore running back Joseph Davis has a team-best 261 yards rushing on 8.7 yards per carry to go with one touchdown. Senior quarterback Lucian Curtis has added to the ground game with 111 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. Junior running back Kenai Sinaphet also has two rushing scores. Senior linebacker Christian Van Natta has a team-best three tackles for loss and one sack and freshman defensive lineman Tayden Olson has a sack and a forced fumble.
Herald pick: Marysville Pilchuck
FERNDALE VS. 4A No. 2 GLACIER PEAK
When: Saturday, 2:20 p.m.
Where: Lumen Field
The skinny: Wesco 3A North favorite Ferndale and Wesco 4A contender Glacier Peak get the unique chance to play their non-league matchup at the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. This is one of eight games slated to be played at Lumen Field between Friday and Saturday, and a big test for teams with state playoff aspirations.
Ferndale: 1-1, 1-0 Wesco 3A North; lost to 2A No. 1 Lynden 24-7; beat Oak Harbor 47-6
About the Golden Eagles: Ferndale claimed a share of the Wesco 3A North title last season and has made it to at least the Week 10 playoffs in the past six full-length seasons. After a tough loss to defending 2A state champion Lynden in Week 1, the Golden Eagles responded by throttling Oak Harbor in their Wesco 3A North opener last week. Ferndale scored 47 unanswered points by the third quarter and finished with 402 yards of offense while holding the Wildcats to just 145. Isaiah Carlson, ranked as a four-star athlete and the No. 6 overall senior recruit in the state by 247sports.com, headlines Ferndale’s Wing-T rushing attack. He’s averaging 7.5 yards per carry with 195 yards and two touchdowns. J.J. Nowak is next in line with 127 rushing yards on 26 carries. They have a big, experienced line leading the way, highlighted by seniors Landen Hatchett and Jake Mason. Hatchett, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound University of Washington commit, is a three-star prospect and the state’s No. 9 overall senior recruit. The Golden Eagles are allowing 128.0 yards per game on the ground and 103.5 through the air.
Glacier Peak: 2-0; beat Snohomish 42-13, beat Camas 34-28
About the Grizzlies: GP traveled south for a road game with perennial 4A powerhouse Camas last Friday and passed perhaps the toughest test of their challenging non-league schedule. The victory helped the 4A Grizzlies secure a No. 2 ranking in the first Associated Press high school football poll, which was released Wednesday. GP received two first-place votes and sits one point behind top-ranked Lake Stevens. The Grizzlies’ star power shined in the win over Camas. Quarterback River Lien threw four touchdown passes. Three of those were caught by Oregon State-bound senior tight end Cooper Jensen, a three-star recruit. The other came on a connection with three-star senior athlete Trey Leckner, a Washington State commit, and Leckner also added a rushing score. They’ve helped GP’s high-powered offense average 38.0 points per game. Lien has 519 yards passing, seven touchdowns an no interceptions through two games. His top target has been Jensen, who’s averaging 19.4 yards per catch with 136 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Chrisvin Bonshe has paced the backfield early on with 121 yards on 25 carries. Junior linebacker Bradley Perman has a team-high five tackles for loss on defense, and Leckner and senior linebacker Will Jenkins each have two sacks.
Herald pick: Glacier Peak
MONROE AT KAMIAK
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Goddard Stadium (Mariner H.S.)
Radio: KRKO 1380 AM
The skinny: Former Wesco 4A foes meet in an interesting local non-league matchup that could be a strong resume-builder for both teams. Monroe looks to improve to 3-0 after dominant wins the past two weeks. Kamiak aims to get above .500 after a somewhat sluggish start. These teams last met in 2019, a 54-0 Monroe win.
Monroe: 2-0, 1-0 Wesco 3A South; beat Roosevelt 56-14, beat Shorecrest 48-13
About the Bearcats: Monroe entered the season as a team billed with a high-powered offense. The Bearcats certainly haven’t disappointed on that front while posting 56 and 48 points in their first two games, but Monroe should be tested a bit more this week against Kamiak. Three-star junior quarterback Blake Springer has completed an efficient 78.4% (29 of 37) of his passes for 370 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. His top target is sophomore Beau Pruett, who’s emerged as a do-it-all threat. Pruett leads the team in rushing and receiving with 193 yards on the ground and 191 through the air. He’s averaging 14.2 yards on 27 offensive touches with five touchdowns. Senior wide receivers Trent Bublitz and Kody Edelbrock have combined for 14 receptions, 161 yards and two touchdowns. Edelbrock has a TD pass, too. The Bearcats have also received contributions from their defense and special teams with three turnovers forced and a kickoff return for a TD. Sophomore defensive lineman Brennan Sheppard has team bests with five tackles for loss and three sacks.
Kamiak: 1-1, lost to Arlington 28-14, beat Edmonds-Woodway 21-20
About the Knights: Kamiak continued its massive turnaround last season by reaching seven wins for the first time since 2006 and the Week 10 playoffs for the first time since 2014. With the success came expectations that the Knights could be a sneaky competitor in the top-heavy Wesco 4A this fall, but it’s been a bit of a slow start for Kamiak, which is 1-1 after facing teams replacing nearly the entirety of their starting lineups from last fall. A win over Monroe, which was just outside of 3A’s initial top-10 rankings, could help restore a bit of the shine the Knights entered this fall with. Sophomore running back Jullian Notoa leads a fairly balanced rushing attack with a team-best 168 yards and two TDs. Senior quarterback Ben’tre Worthy has two total touchdowns, 134 yards passing and 71 yards rushing. His top target is senior tight end Chance Loudenback, who has 52 yards and one TD on three receptions. Loudenback has also been a force from his linebacker spot on defense. He had a sack and a tackle for loss in Week 1 and returned an interception for a score last Friday against Edmonds-Woodway. Worthy and senior defensive back AJ Winsor also have one interception apiece.
Herald pick: Monroe
FEDERAL WAY AT 4A No. 1 LAKE STEVENS
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Lake Stevens H.S.
The skinny: Lake Stevens takes its No. 1 4A ranking into a non-league home matchup with unbeaten Federal Way. The Vikings get a chance to further cement their top ranking before traveling to face Oregon powerhouse West Linn next week, while the Eagles aim for a big upset and their first 3-0 start since 2012.
Federal Way: 2-0; beat Todd Beamer 60-6, beat Thomas Jefferson 33-0
About the Eagles: After going 4-5 and reaching the Week 10 playoffs last fall, the Eagles have soared to a 2-0 start with dominant performances to open the season. Federal Way has gotten it done on both sides of the ball, averaging 46.5 points per game while allowing just 3.0. But the competition becomes much stiffer this week when the Eagles travel to take on 4A’s top-ranked team. Federal Way boasts talent at the skill positions led by senior Andre Piper-Jordan Jr. and junior Rahshawn Clark. Piper-Jordan is a three-star cornerback recruit ranked 11th in the state for the class of 2023. The Oregon State commit caught two touchdown passes and had a pick-six in the team’s opener. Clark is a four-star recruit ranked fourth in the state for the class of 2024. He holds offers form the likes of Arizona, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oregon, Washington and Washington State.
Lake Stevens: 1-1; lost to Garfield 26-16, beat 3A No. 3 Bellevue 37-28
About the Vikings: After a disappointing Week 1 loss to Garfield, Lake Stevens reminded everyone why its a favorite to win a 4A state title by knocking off defending 3A state champion Bellevue. That victory resulted in the Vikings claiming 4A’s top spot in the state’s first Associated Press high school football poll of the season. Four-star senior running back Jayden Limar starred with a signature performance in a signature victory for the program. He piled up 295 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on 27 touches, including 240 yards on the ground. Through two games, the Notre Dame commit has 301 yards rushing, 53 receiving and three total TDs. Sophomore quarterback Kolton Matson emerged as the Vikings’ starter last week after splitting time junior Kaden LaPlaunt in Week 1. Matson has completed 68.6% (24 of 35) of his passes for 233 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. His top target is senior wide receiver Isaac Redford, who has 116 yards and one TD on nine receptions. Senior tight end Cole Becker has added 67 yards and one TD receiving. Lake Stevens’ defense has forced three turnovers, including an interception each for junior defensive backs Paul Varela and David Brown.
Herald pick: Lake Stevens