Trayce Hanks and the Lake Stevens football team will face Graham-Kapowsin in Saturday night’s Class 4A state championship game. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Trayce Hanks and the Lake Stevens football team will face Graham-Kapowsin in Saturday night’s Class 4A state championship game. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Championship central: Lake Stevens’ run to the title game

Get ready for Saturday’s 4A state championship game with stories from the Vikings’ success-filled season.

The Lake Stevens football team is set to face Graham-Kapowsin in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday night at Mount Tahoma High School. Get ready for kickoff with a look back at stories from the Vikings’ success-filled season.

4A state title game preview: Lake Stevens vs. Graham-Kapowsin

(Kevin Clark / The Herald; Pete Caster / Tacoma News Tribune)

(Kevin Clark / The Herald; Pete Caster / Tacoma News Tribune)

These perennial powers are squaring off in the state playoffs for the fourth time since 2015. And this time, it’s for all the marbles. Get ready with this in-depth preview of the matchup.

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Unsung O-line plays key role in Lake Stevens’ run to title game

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Despite being smaller and less experienced than usual this year, the Vikings’ offensive line has risen to the occasion and played an important part in Lake Stevens’ juggernaut attack.

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Lake Stevens downs Eastlake to reach 4A state title game

(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Vikings and their high-powered offense advanced to the 4A state championship game with a 45-28 victory over Eastlake in a semifinal clash of unbeatens.

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Lake Stevens standout QB ‘so glad’ to be back from injury

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After a leg fracture threatened to end his senior season, standout quarterback Grayson Murren returned from injury to lead the Vikings’ high-scoring offense.

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Lake Stevens shuts down Gonzaga Prep to reach 4A state semis

(John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

(John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Lake Stevens stymied Gonzaga Prep’s high-powered triple-option attack and pulled away for a 35-14 victory in a 4A state quarterfinal showdown of unbeaten perennial powers.

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Even without star QB, Lake Stevens football keeps on rolling

(John Gardner/Pro Action Image)

(John Gardner/Pro Action Image)

Despite standout senior quarterback Grayson Murren being sidelined with an injury, the Vikings keep racking up points and finding ways to win.

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Minus star QB, Lake Stevens tops GP for 8th straight Wesco 4A title

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

With standout senior quarterback Grayson Murren watching from the sideline on crutches, the Vikings pivoted to a Wildcat-heavy rushing attack and claimed their eighth consecutive Wesco 4A crown with a 34-28 win over Glacier Peak.

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Lake Stevens pair are ‘game-changers on both sides of the ball’

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Two-way senior standouts Drew Carter and Trayce Hanks have played massive roles in the Vikings’ success this season, as big-time playmakers on both offense and defense.

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Lake Stevens opens season with emphatic win over 3A No. 1 O’Dea

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After their first two games were canceled, the Vikings made a major statement with a 20-3 season-opening win over 3A top-ranked O’Dea in a non-league showdown of perennial state powers.

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Highly touted Lake Stevens running back ‘an unstoppable force’

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Four-star junior running back Jayden Limar — who already has offers from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas A&M — is poised for a big season with the Vikings.

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Lake Stevens’ first 2 games canceled by COVID-19 shutdown

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Vikings’ first two games were canceled as a result of their program being shut down for COVID-19 protocols after two players tested positive.

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