Week 3 of the prep football season here.
It brings a bitter rivalry matchup, non-league bouts and conference battles with early standings positioning up for grabs.
Here’s a look at some of the area’s top games this week:
MARYSVILLE PILCHUCK VS. MARYSVILLE GETCHELL
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Marysville Pilchuck H.S.
Radio: 1380 AM KRKO
The skinny: Crosstown rivals meet in the 12th edition of the Berry Bowl. Marysville Pilchuck has dominated this series with a perfect 11-0 mark, including 37-14 last season.
Marysville Pilchuck: 2-0 overall (1-0 Wesco 3A North); beat Edmonds-Woodway 40-14, beat Stanwood 36-7
About the Tomahawks: Marysville Pilchuck has rolled to a pair of lopsided wins and made a statement last week against Stanwood. Now the team looks to continue its reign of supremacy over the Chargers, who they’ve beaten by 21 or more points in 10 of 11 meetings. Senior quarterback Luke Shoemaker has completed 72.7% of his passes for 413 yards and two touchdowns. His top targets are sophomore Marcus Gaffney and senior Shane Nelson, who’ve combined for 272 yards and two TDs on 18 receptions. Senior Kenai Sinaphet averages 12.7 yards per carry with 229 yards and three TDs, and junior Joseph Davis has 196 yards and four scores on the ground. Sinaphet has a team-high five tackles for loss on defense, and junior Dominik Kendrick and sophomore Davien Parks each have an interception.
Marysville Getchell: 1-1 overall (0-1 Wesco 3A North); beat Cascade 25-14, lost to Arlington 42-7
About the Chargers: After a victory in Week 1, Marysville Getchell couldn’t get much going last week against Wesco 3A North favorite Arlington. The Chargers look to get back on track while also finally finding a way to vanquish rival Marysville Pilchuck. The closest the Chargers have come was a 14-0 loss in 2012, the first game between the programs. Junior quarterback Arion Palacol has 87 passing yards and one interception. He leads the team with 153 rushing yards and two TDs on 6.4 yards per carry. Senior Shawn Ethridge has 169 total yards (119 rushing, 50 receiving) and two TDs on just four touches. Senior Andrew Withers has added another 101 yards and a TD on the ground. Five different players have recorded a sack on defense.
Herald pick: Marysville Pilchuck
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE AT SHOREWOOD
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Shoreline Stadium
Stream: NFHS Network
The skinny: Wesco 3A South foes meet with a chance to remain unbeaten and gain early positioning in the standings. Mountlake Terrace won 26-3 last season
Mountlake Terrace: 2-0 overall (1-0 Wesco 3A South); beat Jackson 34-6, beat Snohomish 35-21
About the Hawks: After a signature win over conference opponent Snohomish, Mountlake Terrace is now one victory away from its first 3-0 start since 2015. Senior Zaveon Jones leads the area in rushing with 398 yards and five TDs on 9.3 yards per carry. He also has 51 receiving yards. Senior quarterback Arian Motaghedi has completed 50% of his passes for 135 yards, two TDs and one interception. His top target is senior Logan Tews, who has 84 yards and two TDs on five receptions. Jones leads the defense with five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Sophomore Liam Moore also has 2.5 sacks. The defense has forced six turnovers, including four interceptions.
Shorewood: 2-0 overall (1-0 Wesco 3A South); beat Lakeside (Seattle) 35-15, beat Lynnwood 49-14
About the Stormrays: Shorewood is coming off a breakthrough campaign with its five wins last year being tied for its most in a single season since at least 2004. A 3-0 start for the Stormrays would be their first since at least 2003. Junior quarterback Tyler Giles has completed 57.1% of his passes for 137 yards and four TDs. He also leads the team with 167 rushing yards and two TDs. Seniors Jacob Lindberg and Reid Petschl, a two-star recruit, have combined for 276 yards and five TDs on the ground. Senior Charlie Frye has team highs with 53 yards and two TDs receiving. Shorewood’s defense has forced five turnovers, including two interceptions in Week 1 by junior Gatsby Palmer.
Herald pick: Mountlake Terrace
GLACIER PEAK AT FERNDALE
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Ferndale H.S.
Radio: 790 AM KGMI
The skinny: Non-league opponents meet in a rematch of a game played in a showcase at Lumen Field last fall. Glacier Peak won 42-14 last season.
Glacier Peak: 1-1 overall; beat Snohomish 20-13; lost to Camas 55-20
About the Grizzlies: After a tough outing against 4A power Camas, Glacier Peak looks to rebound against another challenging opponent with a trip north to face the defending Wesco 3A North champion. A victory would keep the Grizzlies from their first 1-2 or worse start since their inaugural season in 2008. Senior Chrisvin Bonshe averages 7.3 yards per carry with 249 rushing and four TDs. Junior quarterback Lucas Entler has completed 60% of his passes for 152 yards. His top target is senior Benjamin Williams, who has 102 yards on eight receptions. Senior Isaiah Cuellar has done a bit of everything for the Grizzlies. He leads the team in tackles, has an interception on defense, a rushing TD and a kickoff return TD.
Ferndale: 2-0; beat Lynden 17-14; beat Oak Harbor 26-6
About the Golden Eagles: Ferndale graduated an impactful group of seniors from its 2022 3A state quarterfinal team but has continued with its winning ways. The Golden Eagles’ opened the season with one of the state’s more impressive early-season victories, knocking off two-time defending 2A state champion Lynden. Junior Talan Bungard paces the Wing-T attack with 275 yards and two TDs on 5.7 yards per carry. Senior quarterback Bishop Ootsey has completed 72.7% of his passes for 108 yards and two TDs. His top target is two-star senior Conner Walcker, an Eastern Washington University commit who has 68 yards and one TD on four receptions. Walcker also ran for a 56-yard TD last week. Ferndale’s defense has allowed just 10 points and 195.5 yards per contest without forcing a turnover.
Herald pick: Ferndale
OAK HARBOR AT STANWOOD
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Stanwood H.S.
Stream: Twin Cities Sports Network
The skinny: Wesco 3A North foes square off in an important early-season battle as both squads look to avoid an 0-2 start in league play. Stanwood won 38-14 last season.
Oak Harbor: 0-2 overall (0-1 Wesco 3A North); lost to Anacortes 21-7; lost to Ferndale 26-6
About the Wildcats: Oak Harbor’s challenging early schedule continues with its third straight matchup with a 2022 state quarterfinalist. The Wildcats are aiming to avoid their second straight season with an 0-3 start. Senior quarterback Parker Anderson has completed 50% of his passes for 127 yards, one TD and one interception. His top target is senior Jayden Boyles, who has 66 yards on seven receptions. Senior Brody Snyder leads the ground game with 97 yards. Snyder leads the defense with three sacks and three forced fumbles. Junior Carson Lang has recovered two fumbles and forced another.
Stanwood: 1-1 overall (0-1 Wesco 3A North); beat Lakewood 37-16; lost to Marysville Pilchuck 36-7
About the Spartans: Stanwood looks to shake a tough outing against Marysville Pilchuck last Friday and extend its three-game winning streak over Oak Harbor. A victory would give the Spartans their first run of back-to-back starts of 2-1 or better since 2004-05. Junior Cruise Swanson paces Stanwood’s Wing-T attack with 214 rushing yards and two TDs on 5.9 yards per carry. Junior Canyon Bumgarner and sophomore Ethan Burke have combined to add 164 rushing yards and two TDs. Senior Max Mayo is one of two Spartan defenders with an interception and had a 98-yard kickoff return TD last week. Junior Eli Caniglia has the other interception.
Herald pick: Stanwood
Friday’s other games
Mariner vs. Meadowdale at Edmonds Stadium, 5 p.m.
Everett vs. Jackson at Everett Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m.
Lummi at Darrington, 6 p.m.
Kamiak at Monroe, 7 p.m.
Shorecrest at Snohomish, 7 p.m.
Arlington at Mount Vernon, 7 p.m.
Archbishop Murphy at Anacortes, 7 p.m.
Lakewood at Burlington-Edison, 7 p.m.
Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) at Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.
Coupeville at Sultan, 7 p.m.
Bellingham at Granite Falls, 7 p.m.
Nooksack Valley at King’s, 7 p.m.
Lynnwood at Edmonds-Woodway, 8 p.m.
Cascade vs. Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Stadium, 1 p.m.
Lake Stevens vs. Federal Way at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 4 p.m.