Mariner picks apart Kamiak

EVERETT — Pride is a powerful thing.

Trevor Irby said it’s what fueled his football team’s defensive dominance Friday in the Mukilteo School District rivalry game at Goddard Stadium. Irby, a senior defensive end, had one of Mariner High’s four sacks and helped apply pressure that led to five interceptions in the Marauders’ 28-17 triumph over the Kamiak Knights in a Western Conference South Division battle.

“We tried to go out there tonight and play with a lot of Mariner pride. That’s our motto: pride,” said Irby, sporting a huge grin after several dozen Mariner students burst onto the field after the final whistle.

With the victory, Mariner (7-1 in division, 7-2 overall) earned the Wesco South No. 2 seed and the chance to host a Class 4A preliminary round playoff game. Four different players scored touchdowns for the Marauders, who play host to the South Puget Sound League North Division No. 3 seed Nov. 2 or Nov. 3.

Receivers Skylar Stormo (four catches, 65 yards, one TD) and Tommy Benz (six catches, 63 yards, one score) were the standouts on offense for Kamiak (6-2, 7-2), which had already clinched a playoff spot. The Knights, who cut the deficit to 10 points midway through the fourth quarter but then gave up a 35-yard punt return for a TD by Joey Dillon, settled for the South No. 3 seed and will travel to play the Narrows League No. 2 seed Nov. 2 or Nov. 3.

Defensive backs Tevin Dillon and Stefan Doerscher had two interceptions apiece for Mariner, which allowed Kamiak to score just three points through three quarters. Kamiak quarterback Jacob Jansen was 15-for-28 for 156 yards, but was picked off five times.

Meanwhile, Mariner gave up just 19 rushing yards on 26 carries to a Kamiak squad that had scored 38 points in each of its previous two games and last season ran all over Mariner.

Mariner defenders “read their keys and everyone did their job carrying out their assignments,” Mariner coach John Ondriezek said. “I think we were quicker than (Kamiak) and the kids really moved well and got to the football.”

Irby and Mychael Tuiasosopo ignited a Mariner defensive line that frustrated Kamiak all night.

“Basically, with our new defense with me and (Tuiasosopo) at the ends, we just try to contain the quarterback and let our teammates do their thing,” Irby said.

“I thought their (D-line) guys did a nice job up front. When you turn the ball over five times — they did a good job getting underneath on some of our routes,” Kamiak coach Dan Mack said.

Mariner intercepted four passes in the first half, but turned only one of them directly into points.

Meanwhile, Mariner did most of its first-half damage on the ground, rushing 23 times for 137 yards as Black (58 yards) and Jones (52) led the way.

Kamiak running back Justin Glenn came into the game with 1,112 rushing yards but gained 23 yards on eight attempts. The Knights scored 14 points in the final quarter but their earlier miscues were too costly.

“We’re gonna get back, look at our mistakes and make some corrections,” said coach Mack.

With several key players fully recovered from injuries, including running back/linebacker Matt Jones (66 rushing yards), Mariner appears to playing its best football entering the postseason.

Said coach Ondriezek, “This is important for the Mariner community to be at home next week and to have a playoff game here, and to go into that playoff game with a win against a good (Kamiak) football team.”

Contact Herald Writer Mike Cane at For more high school sports news, check out the prep sports blog Double Team at

At Goddard Stadium



M—Black 3 run (Rynkiewicz kick)

K—FG Gaddy 25

M—T. Tuiasosopo 1 run (Rynkiewicz kick)

M—Burns 26 pass from T. Tuiasosopo (Rynkiewicz kick)

K—Stormo 11 pass from Jansen (Benz pass from Jansen)

M—J. Dillon 35 punt return (Rynkiewicz kick)

K—Benz 15 pass from Ruppel (pass failed)

Records—Kamiak 6-2 in division, 7-2 overall. Mariner 7-1, 7-2.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Sports

Glacier Peak High School graduate Matt King was selected to the U.S. Olympic team in men’s swimming. King was selected as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team. (Matt Riley / University of Virginia athletic communications)
Glacier Peak grad Matt King headed to the Olympics

King was selected in men’s swimming as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay team.

Glacier Peak’s Karsten Sweum (10) poses for a portrait as The Herald's All-Area Baseball Player of the Year at Glacier Peak High School on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 in Snohomish, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
2024 Baseball Player of the Year: Glacier Peak’s Karsten Sweum

The smoke-throwing senior left-handed pitcher struck out more than two batters per inning.

Lake Stevens’ Trey Nance deals early in the game during a playoff loss to Bothell on Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Herald’s 2024 All-Area baseball team

Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen… Continue reading

Glacier Peak grad King comes up just short in Olympic bid

King placed third in the men’s 50 freestyle at U.S. Olympic trials, but still could qualify in a relay.

Shorewood senior Isaak Abraham poses for a portrait as The Herald's Boys Soccer Player of the Year at Shorewood High School on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in Shoreline, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
2024 Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Shorewood’s Isaak Abraham

The Stormrays senior forward led Shorewood to Wesco 3A/2A and Class 3A District 1 titles.

Everett’s J’aiden Cranwell-Meneses leaves a Monroe defender in the dirt while advancing the ball during a 3A District soccer match on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Herald’s 2024 All-Area boys soccer team

Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen… Continue reading

Lake Stevens High School graduate Taylor Roe competes for Oklahoma State University at the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 8 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Oklahoma State University)
Taylor Roe competes at the Olympic trials this weekend

Now that the Lake Stevens H.S. graduate’s decorated college running career is done, the pro ranks are next.

Soccer legends to be part of local Copa America watch party

Pete Fewing, Marcus Hahnemann will be on hand at Angel of the Winds Arena for next Thursday’s U.S. game.

Mukilteo’s Beard places second in hammer at U20 nationals

The King’s High School sophomore has a chance to represent the U.S. at U20 worlds.

Sounders complete purchase of NWSL’s Seattle Reign

Now both of Seattle’s pro soccer teams are under the umbrella of one ownership group.

Women’s PGA Championship offers fans chance to watch and learn

The women’s golf major tournament comes to Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish beginning Thursday.

Logan Gilbert of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park on June 16, 2024, in Seattle, Washington. (Alika Jenner / Getty Images)
Mariners week: Gilbert’s brilliance lifts Seattle to sweep

Seattle’s 8 1/2-game lead in the AL West is its largest since the 2001 season.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.