EVERETT — Griffin Gardoski hauled in a game-winning touchdown from Anthony Whitis with 1 second remaining, giving the Arlington football team a dramatic 27-23 season-opening win over host Mariner on Friday.
Marauders kicker Jackson Cole drilled a 30-yard field goal to give Mariner a 23-20 lead with 1:38 to play before the Eagles’ late-game heroics.
Whitis completed 20-of-29 passes for 252 yards, threw for two touchdowns and added two rushing touchdowns.
Here are recaps and box scores from the rest of Friday’s local prep football games:
Glacier Peak 52, Edmonds-Woodway 0
Edmonds-Woodway had no answer for Glacier Peak quarterback Ayden Ziomas, and the Grizzlies rolled to a 52-0 non-conference home win over the Warriors.
Ziomas totaled six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing), including two scoring passes to Patrick McKenzie.
Grizzlies coach Nick Bender called the win one of most complete games in team history and praised the play of his defense and the play-calling of new defensive coordinator Shane Keck in Glacier Peak’s effort to contain Edmonds-Woodway running back Capassio Cherry.
“(Our guys) just (had) a swarm mentality,” Bender said. “We knew there would be one or two runs he would probably break open. The kids did a really good job of keeping him corralled.”
Jackson 21, Stanwood 12
Ben Olesen threw for 217 yards and tossed three touchdown passes to help lead Jackson to a season-opening 21-12 road victory over Stanwood.
The Spartans went up 12-6 in the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Lukas Sepulveda, who finished with 127 yards on 30 carries.
Jackson came back in the third quarter when Olesen found Christopher Sullivan for a 6-yard touchdown strike for a 14-12 lead. Olesen then sealed the game in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard scoring pass to Garrett Holden, who lead the Timberwolves (1-0) with 61 receiving yards on four receptions.
Paul Holm threw for 106 yards and had a 6-yard rushing touchdown for Stanwood (0-1).
Bishop Blanchet 40, Kamiak 0 (statistics not reported)
Lake Stevens 42, Ferndale 14
Lake Stevens had six rushing scores and earned a 42-14 win over host Ferndale.
Jackson Grafe rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries for the Vikings, and teammate Tre Long added two rushing scores.
Lake Stevens (1-0) led 21-0 at halftime and held a 28-0 advantage before the Golden Eagles scored their first points late in the third quarter.
Eastlake 35, Monroe 19
Efton Chism started the season off with a bang for Monroe, returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, but the Bearcats fell to host Eastlake 35-19.
Chism added a touchdown catch and two interceptions, but the Wolves’ Garrett Carney scored four touchdowns of his own (three rushing, one receiving) and tallied more than over 100 yards rushing.
Oak Harbor 48, Sequam Secondary (British Columbia) 19
Oak Harbor outscored host Sequam Secondary 27-0 in the second quarter to take a 34-7 halftime lead, and went on to post a non-conference victory in its season opener.
Marysville Pilchuck 63, Snohomish 34
Marysville Pilchuck racked up 525 yards rushing and scored a touchdown with its first touch of the new season in a 63-34 rout of Snohomish at Quil Ceda Stadium.
The Tomahawks’ Bryan Sanders took the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, getting MP’s season off to an auspicious start.
“Obviously the first time you touch the ball, to take it to the end zone gets everyone fired up and into the game,” Marysville Pilchuck coach Brandon Carson said. “Our sideline was excited, and that play really set us off. We blocked it pretty well and Bryan made one good cut and was off to the races.”
Carson praised the Tomahawks’ offensive line for opening up holes that allowed Trenton Hurst (four rushing touchdowns) and Sanders (two rushing touchdowns, plus the kickoff return) to have big games.
“We did a great job up front blocking and our backs did a good job blocking, too,” he said. “It was nice to get the running game going.”
Marysville Pilchuck led 28-7 at halftime, but Snohomish’s Tyler Massena helped the Panthers make it interesting.
Massena returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score in the second half and added a pair of touchdown runs.
Snohomish will face cross-town rival Glacier Peak in Week 2, while Marysville Pilchuck jumps into Wesco 3A North play with a road game at Oak Harbor.
“We expect quite a battle,” Carson said of the matchup with the Wildcats, who were 48-19 winners in their opener against Seaquam Secondary in Delta, British Columbia. “Both teams like to run the ball and run similar offenses. It’ll be a battle in the trenches.”
Shorecrest 28, Marysville Getchell 10
Sammy Seliga scored a pair of touchdowns for Shorecrest, which earned a 28-10 nonconference win over Marysville Getchell at Shoreline Stadium.
Seliga caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Eladio Fountain and also returned an interception 97 yards for a score.
The Scots (1-0) trailed 3-0 at halftime before reeling off 21 unanswered third quarter points.
Shorewood 42, Granite Falls 0
Shorewood jumped out to a quick 14-0 advantage over host Granite Falls in the first quarter and never let up, tallying four more touchdowns on its way to a 42-0 victory.
Thunderbirds quarterback David Snell threw for four touchdown passes, including a pair to wide receiver Spencer Osborn, who totaled 61 yards on the two scores. Shorewood’s Robert Banks opened the scoring with a short touchdown run, and teammate Jaro Rouse added a short touchdown run.
Mercer Island 28, Mountlake Terrace 6
Mountlake Terrace just couldn’t seem to get anything going on offense in its season opener, losing to visiting Mercer Island 28-6.
The Hawks scored a 3-yard run from Seydou Traore.
Cedarcrest at Sammamish (not reported)
Lakewood 31, King’s 13
Lakewood scored all 31 of its points in the middle two quarters in its win over host King’s.
Jared Taylor threw for two touchdowns and ran for another for the Cougars (0-1), who also received a rushing score from Tavion Henderson.
King’s quarterback Luke Marion threw for two touchdowns. Davis Campbell had an interception, Avery Hamman had 13 solo tackles and nine assists, and Ben Habermann recorded three solo tackles and eight assists for the Knights (0-1).
South Whidbey 20, Friday Harbor 19 (statistics not reported)
Cedar Park Christian 47, Chimacum 7
Zach Wilkins ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries for Cedar Park Christian, which beat visiting Chimacum 47-7.
The Eagles (1-0) blew the game open with a 26-point third quarter.
Sultan 55, Vashon Island 0 (statistics not reported)
Coupeville 28, Port Townsend 18 (statistics not reported)
Darrington at Rainier Christian (not reported)