For the second straight week, there were a bevy of close final scores in local prep football contests.
There were two overtime contests Friday— Snohomish defeated Edmonds-Woodway 41-35 and Arlington beat Oak Harbor 48-42.
In other action, Kamiak beat Cascade 14-13; Lake Stevens defeated Glacier Peak 24-21; Archbishop Murphy rallied for a 36-35 win over Lakewood; and King’s knocked off Granite Falls 13-12.
Kamiak’s win was the first of its season. Stanwood also picked up its first victory by defeating Shorecrest 31-23.
Here are recaps and statistics from all of Friday’s local games:
Monroe 56, Jackson 14
Monroe scored 42 unanswered points to open the game and cruised to a Wesco 4A victory at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Gio Fregoso completed 17-of-20 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, and Blake Rybar carried 13 times for 165 yards and three scores for the Bearcats (2-4 overall, 2-2 league).
Rybar also added a receiving touchdown in the second half.
Garrett Holden rushed seven times for 67 yards and a touchdown for Jackson (3-3, 1-3) and Walid Rassulli returned an interception 84 yards for a score in the third quarter.
Monroe held the Timberwolves to 136 yards of total offense, compared to 568 for the Bearcats (196 rushing, 372 passing).
Kamiak 14, Cascade 13
Kamiak held visiting Cascade to 162 yards of total offense.
Davanta Murphy-McMillan and Junior Due scored rushing touchdowns for the Bruins (1-5, 0-4 Wesco 4A).
The Knights improved to 1-5 (1-3).
Mount Vernon 42, Mariner 14 (statistics not reported)
After falling behind early, Mount Vernon reeled off 42 straight points to put away visiting Mariner.
Seth Tercero rushed for 118 yards and four touchdowns for the Bulldogs (4-1 overall, 2-1 Wesco 4A).
Roman Savchuk had six receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns for the Marauders (2-4, 2-2).
Shorewood 42, Lynnwood 21
David Snell threw for six touchdown passes to lead Shorewood to a win over visiting Lynnwood.
The Thunderbirds improved to 5-1 (4-1 Wesco 3A South), while the Royals fell to 0-6 (0-4).
Snohomish 41, Edmonds-Woodway 35 (OT)
Tyler Massena scored five touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead Snohomish to a victory over visiting Edmonds-Woodway.
The Panthers improved to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in league play with the win, and won their second consecutive overtime game. Snohomish trailed by 14 points early in the third quarter, but Panthers coach Joey Hammer said his team’s offensive and defensive lines keyed the comeback.
“Our guys up front were enforcing their will,” he said. “We kept grinding and we were committed to pounding the rock, no matter what.”
Capassio Cherry rushed for 329 yards on 33 carries and four rushing touchdowns for the Warriors (1-5 overall, 1-3 Wesco 3A South).
“We knew coming in that we were going to have to stop the run and tackle well,” Hammer said. “Did we do that all the time? No. But we were better in the second half and we finished.”
Edmonds-Woodway had the ball first in the overtime period and did not threaten to score, running a trick play that was snuffed out by the Panthers’ defense.
Snohomish scored promptly on its possession to win the game, with an 8-yard scamper by Massena providing the walk-off.
Massena rushed 25 times for 188 yards and Tyler Larson carried 26 times for 192 yards for Snohomish.
Meadowdale 48, Everett 14
Meadowdale stampeded out to a 27-0 lead early in the second quarter en route to a drubbing of visiting Everett in a Wesco 3A South matchup.
Hunter Moen tossed three touchdown passes, Nate Hebert added a pair of scores on the ground and two interceptions on defense and Ray Free was on the receiving end of two scores for the Mavericks (3-3 overall, 3-1 Wesco 3A South).
The win kept Meadowdale a game behind division-leading Snohomish with a potential de facto conference championship game between the two looming two weeks away.
Christian Balmer led the Seagulls (1-5, 1-5) with 79 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Stanwood 31, Shorecrest 23
Stanwood secured its first win of the season by defeating visiting Shorecrest.
Lukas Sepulveda rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and added two receptions for 41 yards and another touchdown for the Spartans (1-5 overall, 1-4 Wesco 3A).
Gavin McFarlane returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown for the Scots (3-3, 2-3).
Mountlake Terrace 40, Blaine 0
Jordan Sims scored three touchdowns, and Dominique Latham and Anthony Simmons each added a pair of TDs as Mountlake Terrace rolled to its fourth straight victory with a rout of visiting Blaine in a Northwest 2A Lake game.
The Hawks (4-2 overall, 3-0 Northwest 2A Lake) put up a season-high 40 points and recorded their first shutout of the season while guaranteeing themselves a chance to clinch a league title with a win next week against Bellingham.
The Borderites fell to 2-4 (0-2).
Sehome 33, Cedarcrest 0
Cedarcrest was shut out by visiting Sehome in a Northwest 2A Lake Division game.
Freddy Rein had 36 combined yards for the Red Wolves (3-3 overall, 1-2 Northwest 2A Lake).
Archbishop Murphy 36, Lakewood 35
Lakewood threw everything at former Cascade Conference foe Archbishop Murphy at Terry Ennis Stadium, but the depleted Wildcats rallied for a touchdown in the final minute and punched in a two-point conversion run to escape with a wild Northwest 2A Sky victory over the Cougars.
Archbishop Murphy quarterback Victor Gabalis capped the Wildcats’ 90-yard game-winning drive with a touchdown pass to Tyrell Waverly and bulled in himself for the game-winning two-point conversion.
“We had to work our way downfield through some adversity. We had a touchdown called back for a crack-back block and had a big holding call go against us, but Victor Gabalis did a great job leading the team and the kids fought through the adversity,” Archbishop Murphy coach Jerry Jensen said.
Lakewood (3-3 overall, 0-3 league) led the Wildcats 21-7 at halftime and 28-20 after three quarters, powered by quarterback Jared Taylor’s playmaking.
Taylor completed 20-of-37 passes for 352 yards and threw four touchdown passes, including three to Michai Harris, who Jensen referred to as “a difference-maker.”
Harris set a Lakewood single-game record with 225 yards receiving on 10 receptions.
“Jared and Michai both made plays all over the field,” Lakewood coach Dan Teeter said. “I was real proud of the way the guys competed tonight. It definitely hurts, but you can take so much more from a loss than you can from a win. There wasn’t one play that determined this game, but we had opportunities to win it. Hopefully that gives our guys an attitude for next week that if we do certain things a little bit better, we’ll be playing our best when the playoffs hit.”
Jensen said his young team grew in front of his eyes during the second-half comeback.
“We challenged them at halftime,” he said. “Obviously we didn’t play as well as we could have in the first half and we made a lot of errors that a young team makes, but in the second half we executed. They showed that they wanted to play Wildcat football, and it might have been the first time this year that’s happened. Hopefully we can build on that, that we can face that adversity and fight through it. We found a way to win tonight, and that’s going to serve them well.”
Sultan 38, Coupeville 6
Jensen Webster tossed a pair of touchdowns and picked up another two scores on the ground as Sultan rolled to a win over host Coupeville.
Zaine Sailor hauled in a touchdown pass and picked off two passes on defense as the Turks (2-4 overall, 1-1 North Sound Conference) bounced back from a heartbreaking overtime loss to South Whidbey a week ago.
The Wolves fall to 3-3 (2-2).
Cedar Park Christian 35, South Whidbey 20
Zach Wilkins helped lift Cedar Park Christian over host South Whidbey.
Wilkins rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Johnny Petrus had one touchdown receiving and another rushing for the Eagles (4-1 overall, 2-0 North Sound Conference).
Kody Newman went 10-for-18 passing for 134 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Falcons (4-2, 1-1).
King’s 13, Granite Falls 12
King’s narrowly edged out visiting Granite Falls after the teams combined to score 25 points in the fourth quarter.
Jack McCallister’s converted point-after-touchdown on the Knights’ (2-4 overall, 2-0 North Sound Conference) first touchdown turned out to be the difference-maker.
On King’s final drive, which began after the two teams each scored on successive plays on either side of a Knights kickoff, Noah Welch made two receptions for 40 yards that kept the ball moving as Josiah Seirs ground the clock down in the run game. Seirs eventually sealed it with a 4-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers fell to 0-6 (0-2).