ARLINGTON — For the second consecutive year, the Lake Stevens High School football team capped its summer slate by winning the Cougars Championship Passing Tournament.
The reigning Class 4A state runner-up Vikings defeated Kennedy Catholic 18-12 in the championship game to claim the annual 7-on-7 tournament title Saturday at Lakewood High School.
It was the 14th edition of the annual late-July event at Lakewood, which drew 20 teams from around the Puget Sound area.
Lake Stevens went 3-0 in pool play and earned the top seed in the 16-team playoff bracket. The Vikings then beat Renton in the first round, Stanwood in the quarterfinals, Anacortes in the semifinals and Kennedy Catholic in the championship game.
The title game was a matchup between the tournament’s previous two champions. Lake Stevens beat North Creek to win last year’s title, while current University of Washington quarterback Sam Huard led Kennedy Catholic to the 2019 crown.
North Creek won the lineman challenge at this year’s event, which included a bench-press competition, a two-man sled push/pull, a tire-flip relay, a sled drive, a tug-of-war competition and 4×100-meter relay races.
Lake Stevens is coming off its second 4A state runner-up finish in the past three full-length seasons. The perennial powerhouse Vikings took an unbeaten record into last year’s state championship game before falling to a juggernaut Graham-Kapowsin team that finished the season nationally ranked.
With a slew of talent returning, Lake Stevens enters this fall as a 4A state title favorite.