A pair of crosstown rivalries take center stage Friday night, as Everett faces Cascade in the Battle of Broadway and Snohomish squares off against Glacier Peak.
On paper, both games are non-league contests. But there’s no denying that bragging rights will be on the line.
“Any time you play a crosstown rivalry, there’s definitely some more buzz and excitement,” Cascade coach Shane Keck said. “Definitely our fans and community get a little bit more behind this one.”
The Battle of Broadway dates back to the early 1960s, when Cascade joined Everett as the second school in the Everett School District. The two teams have each experienced struggles over the past decade, but both enter this year’s matchup with some momentum under their third-year head coaches.
Everett, which followed three consecutive one-win seasons from 2012-14 with back-to-back five-win campaigns the past two years, opened with a three-point win over Wilson last week. Cascade also won its opener, building a 23-0 halftime lead en route to a dominant victory over Inglemoor.
“Both programs are in year three of a rebuild,” Keck said. “I think it’s just cool to watch the maturation of both programs kind of get a chance to grow and continue to improve.”
The rivalry between Snohomish and Glacier Peak is a much more recent affair, with the programs set to meet for the sixth time since they began playing each other in 2012. Glacier Peak has won all five previous matchups by an average margin of 18.8 points per game.
“It is a non-league game and you obviously don’t want to play up the rivalry aspect and blow it out of proportion,” Snohomish coach Kai Smalley said. “But at the same time, it’s fun to have that kind of competition with a team nearby. So (you) try to play the middle a little bit.
“I’d be lying to say that we don’t use the motivation that this is a game we haven’t won before,” he added. “It’s one that we’d like to be able to get under our belt.”
GLACIER PEAK vs. SNOHOMISH
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Snohomish H.S.
Last week: Glacier Peak (0-1) lost to Kentwood 58-29; Snohomish (1-0) beat Marysville Pilchuck 38-22
About the Grizzlies: Since the crosstown rivals began playing each other in 2012, Glacier Peak has beaten Snohomish all five times by an average of 18.8 points per game. Grizzlies junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas torched Snohomish’s defense last year, throwing for 476 yards and seven touchdowns in Glacier Peak’s 47-35 win. Ziomas is coming off a strong season-opening performance last week, when he threw for 306 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Grizzlies’ loss to Kentwood.
About the Panthers: Senior running back Keegan Stich carried Snohomish past Marysville Pilchuck last week, rushing for 284 yards and four touchdowns — including highlight-reel scoring runs of 78 and 43 yards. Stich, the area’s leading rusher last season, likely needs another big performance for the Panthers to earn their first-ever win over Glacier Peak. Snohomish also will be looking to cut down on the five turnovers it committed last week, which included a pick-six and an errant snap that sailed over the punter’s head before being recovered in the end zone for a Pilchuck touchdown.
Herald pick: Glacier Peak
EVERETT vs. CASCADE
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Everett Memorial Stadium
Last week: Everett (1-0) beat Wilson 23-20; Cascade (1-0) beat Inglemoor 30-7
About the Seagulls: Everett, which earned a 28-0 win over Cascade in last year’s rivalry game, is looking for its third consecutive Battle of Broadway victory. The Seagulls had a dramatic start to their season last week, as junior kicker David Eisenkraft booted a game-winning 20-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to lift Everett over Wilson. Junior running back Christian Balmer keyed the Seagulls’ rushing attack with 145 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
About the Bruins: Cascade built a 23-0 halftime lead and cruised to a season-opening win over Inglemoor last week. The Bruins totaled 264 yards rushing at an average of 14.7 yards per carry, led by senior Donelle Meriwether’s 102 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Cascade’s defense also was impressive, allowing just 211 total yards. The Bruins are looking to end a two-game losing streak in the Battle of Broadway.
Herald pick: Everett
KAMIAK at OAK HARBOR
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Oak Harbor H.S.
Last week: Kamiak (1-0) beat Bishop Blanchet 14-6; Oak Harbor (1-0) beat Mariner 34-12
About the Knights: Kamiak’s defense will look to redeem itself after allowing nearly 620 yards rushing in last year’s 55-21 non-league loss to Oak Harbor. Senior running back Ben Barton led the Knights with 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns in last week’s season-opening win over Bishop Blanchet.
About the Wildcats: Oak Harbor amassed 372 yards rushing in last week’s season-opening victory over Mariner — the Wildcats’ first game since the graduation of star running back Princeton Lollar Jr. Senior Mackenzie Nuanez led Oak Harbor’s Wing-T attack with 172 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while senior Tamarik Hollins-Passmore added 112 yards rushing.
Herald pick: Oak Harbor
No. 7 LAKE STEVENS at ARLINGTON
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Arlington H.S.
Last week: Lake Stevens (1-0) beat Stanwood 49-0; Arlington (1-0) beat Redmond 26-13
About the Vikings: Seventh-ranked Lake Stevens amassed 593 yards of total offense in last week’s season-opening shutout of Stanwood. Senior running back Kayshawn Mounarath, a transfer from Utah, rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in his Vikings debut. Lake Stevens senior quarterback Conor Bardue threw for 290 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Lake Stevens rolled to a 42-7 win over Arlington in last season’s non-league contest.
About the Eagles: Arlington junior quarterback Anthony Whitis threw for 270 yards and three first-half touchdowns in the Eagles’ season-opening win over Redmond. Junior running back Tallen Williams added 101 yards rushing on eight carries and three receptions for 55 yards.
Herald pick: Lake Stevens
MARYSVILLE PILCHUCK at LYNNWOOD
When: 8 p.m., Friday
Where: Edmonds Stadium
Last week: Marysville Pilchuck (0-1) lost to Snohomish 38-22; Lynnwood (0-1) lost to Ballard 26-21
About the Tomahawks: Marysville Pilchuck’s offense didn’t score until the final minute of last week’s season-opening loss to Snohomish. But the Tomahawks’ defense was active, coming up with five turnovers and scoring twice. Pilchuck will be looking to avenge last year’s 35-10 non-league loss to Lynnwood.
About the Royals: Lynnwood couldn’t recover from a 26-0 halftime deficit in its season opener against Ballard, despite a second-half rally that cut the Beavers’ lead to five points. The Royals are coming off their first state-playoff appearance since 1995, but lost six all-conference players from last year’s team.
Herald pick: Lynnwood