It’s Week 9 of the Snohomish County high school football season, which means Week 10 playoff berths and a conference title are on the line as many of the area’s top teams clash.
In one of the state’s most highly anticipated games this season, top-ranked Glacier Peak and third-ranked Lake Stevens battle for supremacy in a de facto Wesco 4A championship game.
Wesco 3A South champion Monroe, ranked sixth in 3A, and North champion Ferndale, ranked 10th, duke it out in a top-10 showdown for the Wesco 3A title. Six other teams from across Wesco 3A are set to compete in winner-to-Week 10 crossover contests.
Also, Mukilteo School District rivals Kamiak and Mariner square off for Wesco 4A’s third and final Week 10 playoff berth.
Here’s a look at some of the top games in the area involving local teams:
3A NO. 10 FERNDALE AT 3A NO. 6 MONROE
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Monroe H.S.
The skinny: Wesco 3A North champion Ferndale and Wesco 3A South champion Monroe meet in the Wesco 3A championship game. Both teams have already qualified for the Week 10 playoffs. This is a rematch of last year’s title game, which Monroe won 29-27.
Ferndale: 6-2 overall, 6-0 Wesco 3A North; lost to 2A No. 1 Lynden 24-7; beat Oak Harbor 47-6; lost to 4A No. 1 Glacier Peak 42-14, beat Arlington 27-24, beat Marysville Pilchuck 35-21, beat Marysville Getchell 49-7, beat Mount Vernon 41-21, beat 3A No. 8 Stanwood 28-7
About the Golden Eagles: Ferndale enters this matchup on a five-game winning streak and is coming off its best victory of the season, a 28-7 triumph over previously unbeaten Stanwood to secure the Wesco 3A North title. The Golden Eagles are led by a big, talented group in the trenches that paves the way for the team’s Wing-T offense and provides a menacing presence for opposing offenses on the other side. Running back Isaiah Carlson, a three-senior recruit according to 247sports.com, averages 7.6 yards per carry with 967 yards and 20 TDs rushing. Running back Zach Nielsen, a sophomore, averages 8.0 yards per carry with 520 yards and six TDs rushing. Senior two-way lineman Jake Mason, a two-star recruit, has a team highs 12 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. Senior two-way lineman Landen Hatchett, a three-star University of Washington commit, has four sacks.
Monroe: 8-0, 6-0 Wesco 3A South; beat Roosevelt 56-14, beat Shorecrest 48-13, beat Kamiak 44-14, beat Lynnwood 70-26, beat Mountlake Terrace 49-7, beat Shorewood 62-8, beat Edmonds-Woodway 28-13, beat Snohomish 49-7
About the Bearcats: Monroe continued its dominant run through the Wesco 3A South by routing Snohomish last week and secured its second straight league title since joining the league last year. Now the Bearcats look to make it two-for-two in Wesco 3A championship games as well. Monroe has been nearly unstoppable on offense, averaging 50.8 points while dicing teams up through the air and on the ground. Three-star junior quarterback Blake Springer has competed an efficient 69.1% of his throws for a Snohomish County-best 1,723 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s received solid protection from his offensive line and has been sacked just six times this season. Speedy sophomore running back Beau Pruett leads the team in both rushing and receiving and has 1,323 total yards and 21 TDs on offense. Senior receivers Kody Edelbrock and Trent Bublitz have combined for 813 yards and 10 TDs on 57 receptions. Monroe’s defense has forced 22 turnovers and allowed more than two TDs only once.
Herald pick: Monroe
3A NO. 8 STANWOOD AT SNOHOMISH
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium (Snohomish H.S.)
The skinny: Both teams have already qualified for the Week 10 playoffs, but the runners-up from Wesco 3A North and South square off in a crossover game with a chance to improve their resumes for the seeding committees.
Stanwood: 7-1, 5-1 Wesco 3A North; beat Lakewood 42-0, beat Marysville Pilchuck 30-16, beat Oak Harbor 38-14, beat Mount Vernon 35-3, beat Arlington 37-6, beat Union 69-40, beat Marysville Getchell 42-6, lost to 3A No. 10 Ferndale 28-7
About the Spartans: Stanwood’s unbeaten run came to an end last week in a de facto Wesco 3A North title game with 10th-ranked Ferndale, but the Spartans remain in favorable position to host a Week 10 playoff game. They can help solidify that this Friday against the Panthers. Ryder Bumgarner, a two-star senior recruit who leads Snohomish County in rushing yards, spearheads Stanwood’s high-powered Wing-T attack. He averages 11.7 yards per carry with 1,726 yards and 17 TDs. Senior running back Caron Beckt has added 534 yards and 11 TDs on the ground and sports team highs with 182 yards and four TDs receiving. The Spartans’ defense has forced 18 turnovers and allowed more than two TDs just twice.
Snohomish: 4-4, 4-2 Wesco 3A South; lost to 4A No. 1 Glacier Peak 42-13, beat Mountlake Terrace 23-7, beat Shorecrest 37-14, beat Edmonds-Woodway 43-27, beat Lynnwood 47-14, lost to Liberty (Renton) 49-19, lost to Shorewood 46-21, lost to 3A No. 6 Monroe 49-7
About the Panthers: Snohomish’s hopes for a fourth straight Wesco 3A South title were dashed last week by sixth-ranked Monroe in a de facto Wesco 3A South title game. The Panthers matchup with another top-10 team this Friday and look to earn a signature win to bolster their playoff resume. Senior quarterback Kale Hammer, a Gonzaga University baseball commit, has completed 51.8% of his passes for 808 yards and six touchdowns. Senior Mason Orgill has a team-best 12 TDs on offense. He leads the team with 209 yards receiving and has another 330 yards on the ground. Senior running back Kyle Larson averages 5.2 yards per carry and has a team-high 619 yards rushing to with four TDs. Snohomish’s defense has forced 11 turnovers.
Herald pick: Stanwood
SHOREWOOD AT ARLINGTON
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Arlington H.S.
The skinny: Wesco 3A South No. 5 Shorewood travels to take on Wesco 3A North No. 3 Arlington with a Week 10 playoff spot up for grabs.
Shorewood: 5-4, 3-3 Wesco 3A South; beat Lakeside (Seattle) 41-30, beat Lynnwood 28-12, lost to Mountlake Terrace 26-3, lost to Cedarcrest 42-14, lost to Edmonds-Woodway 25-14, lost to 3A No. 6 Monroe 62-8, beat Snohomish 46-21, beat Shorecrest 27-7, beat Cascade 23-22
About the Stormrays: Shorewood outlasted Cascade 23-22 in a wild finish in Wednesday’s Week 9 crossover play-in game. Now the Stormrays, who are on a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2018, are tasked with trying to extend their season in a game played less than 72 hours later. Three different Shorewood players have topped 500 yards on the ground. Seniors running back Eduardo Eulogio has a team-best 761 yards rushing to go with five TDs, senior quarterback Rory Swanson has 564 yards and nine rushing TDs and senior running back Grant Harley has added another 526 yards and five TDs on the ground. Senior Hunter Tibodeau has 93.5 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss and junior Reid Petschl 72.5 tackles and eight tackles for loss to lead the defense.
Arlington: 6-2, 4-2 Wesco 3A North; beat Kamiak 28-14, beat Marysville Getchell 21-14, beat Mount Vernon 21-6, lost to 3A No. 10 Ferndale 27-24, lost to 3A No. 8 Stanwood 37-6, beat Marysville Pilchuck 44-23, beat Oak Harbor 28-0, beat Inglemoor 35-0
About the Eagles: After making a run to the state playoffs last fall, a mostly new group has led Arlington to its fifth straight winning campaign in a full-length season. The Eagles are also just one win away from their fifth consecutive Week 10 playoff appearance. Dual-threat senior quarterback Jacoby Falor has completed 49.0% of his passes for 750 yards and 12 TDs. He also leads Arlington with 478 yards rushing. Sophomore receiver Jake Willis averages 14.9 yards per catch and has team highs with 357 yards and eight TDs receiving. Fellow sophomore wideout Kaid Hunter has added another 270 yards and two TDs on 25 receptions. The Eagles’ defense hasn’t allowed a point over the past two weeks and has been particularly strong in the second half of games. Arlington has five second-half shutouts and allows just 5.6 points per game after halftime.
Herald pick: Arlington
MARYSVILLE PILCHUCK AT MOUNTLAKE TERRACE
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
Where: Edmonds Stadium (Edmonds-Woodway H.S.)
The skinny: Wesco 3A North No. 4 Marysville Pilchuck and South No. 4 Mountlake Terrace battle for a Week 10 playoff berth.
Marysville Pilchuck: 4-4, 3-3 Wesco 3A North; beat Edmonds-Woodway 20-16, lost to 3A No. 8 Stanwood 30-16, beat Marysville Getchell 37-14, beat Oak Harbor 21-19, lost to 3A No. 10 Ferndale 35-21, lost to Arlington 44-23, lost to 4A No. 1 Glacier Peak 49-18, beat Mount Vernon 31-17
About the Tomahawks: Despite replacing most of its starting lineup and coaching staff from last season’s 2021 state semifinal run, Marysville Pilchuck has a chance to advance to the Week 10 playoffs for the third straight time. Sophomore running back Joseph Davis leads the Tomahawks on offense with 992 yards and 11 TDs rushing. He averages 8.9 yards per carry. Junior quarterback Luke Shoemaker has taken over as the team’s No. 1 quarterback in recent weeks. He’s completed 50.8% of his passes with three TDs. His top target is senior receiver Gaylan Gray, who has 285 yards and three TDs on 23 receptions. MP’s defense has forced 10 turnovers.
Mountlake Terrace: 4-3, 3-3 Wesco 3A South; beat Jackson 39-13, lost to Snohomish 23-7, beat Shorewood 26-3, beat Shorecrest 27-6, lost to Monroe 49-7, beat Lynnwood 20-19, lost to Edmonds-Woodway 33-13
About the Hawks: After winning only one game last season, Mountlake Terrace has taken a step forward this fall and can reach the Week 10 playoffs for the first time since 2014 (Terrace competed as a 2A school for the 2016-19 seasons). The Hawks are led on offense by running back Zaveon Jones. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior has amassed 1,164 yards and 16 TDs rushing on a 6.8-yards-per-carry average. Junior receiver Logan Tews has team highs with 228 yards and two TDs on 16 receptions. Tews also has a team-best three interceptions on defense and junior Logan Hansen has 4.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss. Terrace’s defense has forced 16 turnovers.
Herald pick: Marysville Pilchuck
OAK HARBOR AT EDMONDS-WOODWAY
When: Friday, 5 p.m.
Where: Edmonds Stadium (Edmonds-Woodway H.S.)
The skinny: Wesco 3A North No. 5 Oak Harbor travels to challenge Wesco 3A South No. 3 Edmonds-Woodway for a Week 10 playoff berth.
Oak Harbor: 2-6, 2-4 Wesco 3A North; lost to 2A No. 3 Anacortes, lost to 3A No. 10 Ferndale 35-7, lost to 3A No. 8 Stanwood 38-14, lost to Marysville Pilchuck 21-19, lost to Cascade 39-14, beat Mount Vernon 35-6, lost to Arlington 28-0, beat Marysville Getchell 36-14
About the Wildcats: Oak Harbor started the season 0-5 while facing a brutal stretch that included three top-10 teams in a row in the first three weeks. The Wildcats have won two of their past three and secured a Week 9 crossover berth by beating Marysville Getchell last week. Junior quarterback Parker Anderson has completed 51.0% of his passes for 766 yards and five TDs. His top target is junior receiver Chris McCreary, who averages 13.0 yards per catch with 311 yards and two TDs. Junior running back Brody Snyder paces the backfield with 530 yards and three touchdowns. Junior running back Aiden Finley has a team-best six rushing scores. Oak Harbor’s defense has forced eight turnovers.
Edmonds-Woodway: 4-4, 4-2 Wesco 3A South; lost to Marysville Pilchuck 20-16, lost to Kamiak 21-20, beat Lynnwood 44-21, lost to Snohomish 43-27, beat Shorewood 25-14, beat Shorecrest 47-14, lost to 3A No. 6 Monroe 28-14, beat Mountlake Terrace 33-13
About the Warriors: Edmonds-Woodway has won three of its past four after a 1-3 start and aims to reach the Week 10 playoffs for the third straight time. Junior quarterback Steven Warren Jr. has completed 60.0% of this throws for 1,669 yards and 16 TDs. His top targets are junior wideouts Jesse Hart III and Diego Escandon. Hart averages 22.3 yards per catch and sports team bests with 580 yards and six TDs. He also has three rushing scores. Escandon has 480 yards and three TDs on a team-best 37 receptions. Senior running back Liam Fitting leads the ground game with 704 yards and seven TDs on a 6.4-yards-per-carry average. The Warriors’ defense has forced nine turnovers, including two picks by junior David Danyo.
Herald pick: Edmonds-Woodway
KAMIAK AT MARINER
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Goddard Stadium (Mariner H.S.)
The skinny: Mukilteo School District rivals Kamiak and Mariner battle for Wesco 4A’s third and final Week 10 playoff spot.
Kamiak: 2-6, 1-2 Wesco 4A; lost to Arlington 28-14, beat Edmonds-Woodway 21-20, lost to 3A No. 6 Monroe 44-14, lost to Skyview 48-20, lost to 4A No. 8 Camas 56-8, lost to 4A No. 1 Glacier Peak 47-22, beat Jackson 41-20, lost to 4A No. 3 Lake Stevens 56-10
About the Knights: Kamiak continued its recent turnaround last fall by winning seven games and reaching the Week 10 playoffs for the first time since 2014, but it’s been a rough go for the Knights in 2022 as they’ve faced one of the toughest schedules of any team in the area. Kamiak’s five non-league games were against teams with 29-11 record, including three squads that have spent time ranked in the top-10 of their respective classification. That doesn’t include Wesco 4A matchups with top-ranked Glacier Peak and third-ranked Lake Stevens. Sophomore Jullian Notoa leads the backfield with 672 yards and five TDs rushing. Senior QB Ben’tre Worthy has completed 45.8% of his passes for 797 yards and nine touchdowns. His top target is four-star sophomore tight end T’Andre Waverly, who has team bests with 400 yards and six TDs on 21 receptions.
Mariner: 6-2, 1-2 Wesco 4A; beat Foster 36-12, beat Everett 19-7, beat Meadowdale 26-8, beat Marysville Getchell 33-6, lost to 4A No. 1 Glacier Peak 42-7, beat Jackson 61-13, lost to 4A No. 3 Lake Stevens 48-0, beat Lindbergh 47-39 (2OT)
About the Marauders: Mariner’s six wins is its most since 2016 and a victory this week would send the squad to its first Week 10 playoff game since that same season. Senior running back Cartez Williams is well over 1,000 yards rushing and has 14 TDs on the ground. He scored seven total touchdowns and ran for 233 yards in last week’s double overtime victory over Lindbergh. Junior quarterback Isaiah Cuellar has eight touchdowns on offense — four passing, four rushing — and a pick-six on defense. Senior receiver Macky James has two TD receptions. The Marauders’ defense has held five opponents to 13 points or fewer and forced 13 turnovers. The unit has turned four of those turnovers into defensive touchdowns.
Herald pick: Mariner
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