The Snohomish County high school football season continues Friday night. Here’s a look at some of the top Week 4 matchups involving local teams:
3A No. 7 MARYSVILLE PILCHUCK vs. 4A No. 7 GLACIER PEAK
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium
The skinny: This non-league showdown between state-ranked teams features two of the top prep football programs in Snohomish County. It’s a rematch of Glacier Peak’s 35-7 win this past March in the opener of both teams’ abbreviated spring seasons.
Marysville Pilchuck: 3-0; beat Shorecrest 52-7, beat Stanwood 49-14, beat Marysville Getchell 63-13
About the Tomahawks: Defending Wesco 3A champion Marysville Pilchuck cruised past its first three opponents by a combined 164-34 margin, including a 136-6 margin in the first three quarters of those contests. Senior running back Dylan Carson has put up video game numbers in the Tomahawks’ explosive Slot-T ground attack, rushing for 734 yards and 12 touchdowns behind his team’s big, talented and experienced offensive line. Carson has gashed opposing defenses for an absurd 18.4 yards per carry, while showcasing his big-play potential with six TDs of more than 45 yards. Senior back Jordan Velasquez complements Carson, having added 254 yards and five scores on just 11 carries. Led by its high-powered ground attack, Marysville Pilchuck averages 54.7 points and nearly 420 yards rushing per game, at a whopping 12.6 yards per carry. However, the competition gets significantly tougher Friday night against Glacier Peak.
Glacier Peak: 3-0; beat Snohomish 35-19, beat Monroe 50-21, beat Woodinville 49-7
About the Grizzlies: Glacier Peak is coming off a running-clock rout of a perennial powerhouse Woodinville program that’s made three consecutive 4A state semifinal appearances. The Grizzlies imposed their will from the get-go and rushed for 354 yards against the Falcons’ typically stout defense, including a 14-play, 95-yard TD drive that came entirely on the ground. Glacier Peak’s defense forced four turnovers and allowed just 233 total yards in the 42-point thrashing, which was Woodinville’s worst loss since 2014. Junior running back Trey Leckner, a Snohomish transfer who led the Panthers in receiving this past spring, is a versatile weapon with 535 yards from scrimmage and seven total TDs this season. Lecker has rushed for 354 yards and five scores, including 183 yards last week. Junior quarterback River Lien has been highly efficient in his first year as the starter, completing 63.8% of his passes for 705 yards, 11 TDs and two interceptions. Lien has 10 TD passes over the past two games, including a 361-yard, six-TD outing against Monroe two weeks ago. And Lien has spread the wealth throughout the Grizzlies’ deep and talented receiving corps, with TD passes to seven different players.
Herald pick: Glacier Peak
2A No. 6 ARCHBISHOP MURPHY at 4A No. 3 LAKE STEVENS
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Lake Stevens H.S.
Radio: KRKO 1380 AM
The skinny: Snohomish County’s two most accomplished prep football programs over the past decade square off in this non-league clash of perennial 4A and 2A state powers. They met for the first time in the opener of this past spring’s abbreviated season, with Lake Stevens winning 26-7.
Archbishop Murphy: 2-1; lost to Seattle Prep 42-18, beat Fife 27-17, beat Sehome 20-10
About the Wildcats: After a season-opening loss to 3A No. 3-ranked Seattle Prep, Archbishop Murphy bounced back with a non-league win over Fife and a league-opening victory over Sehome. The Wildcats have weathered the loss of starting quarterback Kai Lewis, who suffered an injury in the second quarter against Fife. Backup senior quarterback Colton Johnson is 15-for-25 passing for 464 yards, four TDs and one interception since filling in for Lewis — including three long second-half TD passes in the back-and-forth victory over Fife. His favorite target has been senior Jelani Guerrero, who has 17 catches for 394 yards and three TDs — with all three scoring receptions coming from more than 65 yards out. Last week against Sehome, Guerrero caught eight passes for 202 yards and a TD. This is the first of four state-ranked opponents in five games for Archbishop Murphy. After squaring off against perennial 4A power Lake Stevens, the Wildcats face 2A No. 8 Sedro-Woolley on Oct. 1, 2A No. 5 Squalicum on Oct. 8 and 2A No. 2 Lynden on Oct. 22.
Lake Stevens: 1-0; beat O’Dea 20-3
About the Vikings: After its first two games were canceled because of a COVID-related program shutdown, Lake Stevens opened its season last week with likely the most impressive win of any team in the state so far. The Vikings shut down then-3A top-ranked O’Dea, earning a 17-point win over a juggernaut Fighting Irish program that’s reached each of the past four 3A state title games. O’Dea features a high-powered rushing attack led by a trio of big-time college recruits — two 330-pound linemen and electric tailback Jason Brown — but mustered only an opening-drive field goal during an exceptional performance by Lake Stevens’ defense. And speedy senior Trayce Hanks, who moved from running back to receiver this season, was the difference-maker on offense for the Vikings. Hanks scored two 70-yard TDs — one rushing and one receiving — and finished with 184 yards from scrimmage on just six touches in a breakout performance. Jayden Limar, one of the nation’s top junior running back recruits, added 100 yards rushing and a TD on 21 carries. Three-star senior recruit Drew Carter hauled in five catches for 75 yards, including a key 44-yard reception that led to a score. Hanks and Carter also each had a fourth-quarter interception on defense.
Herald pick: Lake Stevens
ARLINGTON at STANWOOD
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Stanwood H.S.
The skinny: Arlington looks to continue its dominance in the Stilly Cup. The Eagles have an 11-game win streak in the annual rivalry game, including a 17-14 victory this past spring.
Arlington: 2-1, 1-1 Wesco 3A North; beat Edmonds-Woodway 35-7, beat Oak Harbor 54-0, lost to Ferndale 18-17
About the Eagles: After opening with blowout wins over Edmonds-Woodway and Oak Harbor, Arlington suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to 3A No. 9-ranked Ferndale last week. The Eagles held a late seven-point lead, but Ferndale rallied for a 35-yard TD pass and ensuing game-winning 2-point conversion in the final minute to hand Arlington a crushing defeat. The Eagles are led by standout senior quarterback Trent Nobach, who has completed 66.7% of his passes for 838 yards, 12 TDs and four interceptions. Nobach looks to bounce back from a three-interception game last week, which came in rainy and windy conditions that Arlington coach Greg Dailer said were “probably the worst that I’ve ever coached in.” Senior wideouts Levi Younger (278 yards receiving and five TD catches) and Gage Price (232 yards and three TDs) highlight the Eagles’ deep and talented receiving corps. Arlington’s defense has allowed just 7.7 points points per game, while holding opponents to 191 yards per game and 3.5 yards per play.
Stanwood: 1-2, 1-1 Wesco 3A North; lost to Kamiak 50-21, lost to Marysville Pilchuck 49-14, beat Oak Harbor 34-14
About the Spartans: After opening with a pair of blowout losses, Stanwood overcame stadium light issues and delays on the road last week to beat Oak Harbor. Junior running back/receiver Ryder Bumgarner led the way with 142 yards from scrimmage and two TDs, scoring on a 35-yard run and a 40-yard reception. Bumgarner has five total TDs this season in the new Wing-T offense the Spartans have debuted under first-year coach Jeff Scoma.
Herald pick: Arlington
LAKEWOOD vs. 2A No. 5 SQUALICUM
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Civic Stadium (Bellingham)
The skinny: After a blowout loss to Sedro-Woolley in last week’s league opener, Lakewood faces another tough test against one of the top 2A teams in the state. With playoff spots at a premium in the loaded Northwest Conference 2A, the Cougars look to avoid an 0-2 start in league play.
Lakewood: 1-2, 0-1 Northwest Conference 2A; lost to North Creek 59-35, beat Lynden Christian 43-30, lost to Sedro-Woolley 44-0
About the Cougars: Lakewood went into last week’s league opener as the No. 5-ranked team in 2A, but suffered a blowout loss to a Sedro-Woolley squad that posted its third consecutive shutout to open the season. The Cougars weren’t able to do much of anything offensively after losing dual-threat senior quarterback Justice Taylor, who got injured on their second series and was sidelined the rest of the night. Taylor had accounted for 556 total yards and 72.8% of Lakewood’s total offense in its first two games. Without their standout quarterback for most of the night, the Cougars mustered just 128 total yards against Sedro-Woolley’s stout defense. On Monday, Lakewood coach Dan Teeter said Taylor’s status was uncertain going forward. “We’re kind of planning with or without him at this point as we game plan — and whether that’s this week, week to week, or longer, we’re not sure yet,” Teeter said. The Cougars also look to clean up their defense after allowing 355 yards rushing and 10.8 yards per carry to Sedro-Woolley’s high-powered ground attack.
Squalicum: 1-1, 0-1 Northwest Conference 2A; beat Lynden Christian 40-14, lost to Lynden 15-12
About the Storm: Squalicum opened its season by routing 1A No. 9-ranked Lynden Christian. Then after a pair of opponent cancellations left the Storm without a Week 2 game, they returned to action last week and opened league play with a narrow loss to 2A No. 2-ranked Lynden in a low-scoring defensive battle between state-title contenders. Squalicum is led by three-star Washington State commit Djouvensky Schlenbaker, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 34 senior running back in the nation. Through two games, Schlenbaker has rushed for 260 yards and four TDs at a clip of 6.3 yards per carry, and also returned a fumble for a defensive score. Squalicum’s defense has allowed just 14.5 points per game, while holding opponents to 259 yards per game and 4.3 yards per play.
Herald pick: Squalicum
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE CHANGES
— Mariner is now scheduled to host Monroe in a non-league game at 7 p.m. Friday after both teams’ original matchups were canceled. Mariner was originally slated to host Meadowdale in a non-league contest. Monroe was slated to face Mountlake Terrace in a Wesco 3A South game.
— Granite Falls’ non-league home game against Cascade-Leavenworth has been canceled.