There have been some surprises in the first month of the football season in the new North Sound Conference.
King’s and Sultan, the two preseason conference co-favorites, have a combined 1-7 record after both squads lost Friday. The Knights fell to Cascade (Leavenworth) 40-10, while the Turks lost to Friday Harbor 8-6.
Meanwhile, South Whidbey and Coupeville posted wins Friday to improve to 3-1. The Falcons defeated Concrete 14-13, and the Wolves beat La Conner 33-12. Cedar Park Christian, which didn’t play Friday, is 2-1.
North Sound Conference play will begin next week.
Here are recaps and statistics from all of Friday’s local games:
Glacier Peak 68, Kamiak 13
Ayden Ziomas threw five touchdowns passes, three to tight end Evan Mannes, as Glacier Peak improved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Wesco 4A play with a win over visiting Kamiak.
Grizzlies coach Nick Bender said one of the most impressive plays of the evening came on the Glacier Peak’s second-to-last touchdown play, as senior wide receiver David Castro made one-handed grab for a 20-yard score.
“It was pretty phenomenal,” Bender said.
Quarterback Nick Laman ran for a touchdown and threw for another for the Knights (0-4).
Monroe 42, Mariner 10
Blake Rybar ran four four touchdowns, three in the first half as the Bearcats took a 35-3 halftime lead on their way to a victory over host Mariner.
The Bearcats improved to 1-3, while the Marauders fell to 1-3.
Lake Stevens 30, Mount Vernon 7
Revitalized Mount Vernon gave No. 4 Lake Stevens everything it could handle in the first half of a Wesco 4A contest, forcing Vikings quarterback Tre Long to beat the Bulldogs with his arm.
The senior was up to the challenge, throwing a pair of touchdown passes in the second half lift to the visiting Vikings to a hard-earned win.
Lake Stevens coach Tom Tri had some high praise for Mount Vernon coach Nic Vasilchek and the Bulldogs.
“I thought they were much improved, even from last year. They were very disciplined and played hard and physical,” Tri said. “Up front, they played six or seven guys in the box and were every bit as physical as anyone else we’ve played.”
Mount Vernon went into the locker room tied at halftime after a 20-yard run by Seth Tercero in the second quarter.
“They were physical and fast to the ball and were doing a good job of stopping our run game,” Tri said. “They were taking things away, so we had to start throwing the ball.”
Tri said the Bulldogs came out in a cover-zero look with man-to-man coverage on the outside, and were geared up to contain Lake Stevens running backs Dallas Landeros and Tom Lewis.
“We grew tonight,” Tri said. “You don’t want to go into halftime struggling offensively like we were, but we grew when they made us change our game plan. We weren’t expecting that and we hadn’t seen that look before. I give them all the credit in the world. They had a great game plan put together, but I think they got a little tired in the second half and we wore them down a little bit. But we were very impressed by the Bulldogs.”
Jackson 48, Cascade 19
Jackson’s Ben Olesen threw for two touchdowns, and the Timberwolves’ rushing attack accounted for 290 yards and four touchdowns in their victory over host Cascade.
Karsten Van Aelst registered 7.5 tackles for Jackson (1-3).
Davanta Murphy-McMillan ran for 126 yards, and Jordan Harris caught a 77-yard touchdown pass for the Bruins (1-3).
Oak Harbor 35, Stanwood 7
Oak Harbor stayed undefeated by beating host Stanwood.
The Wildcats’ Dorian Hardin had a solid night, picking up 113 rushing yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).
Oak Harbor (4-0) has outscored its opponents by a combined 118 points through four games.
Paul Holm scored a touchdown on a 38-yard run for the Spartans (0-4).
Meadowdale 41, Edmonds-Woodway 20
Hunter Moen tossed three touchdown passes and added a pair of scores on the ground to help Meadowdale to a victory over host Edmonds-Woodway.
The Mavericks (2-2 overall, 2-1 Wesco 3A South) raced out to a 27-0 lead before Capassio Cherry got the Warriors (0-4, 0-2) on the board with a 74-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Edmonds-Woodway continued to cut into the lead when Patrick Norton found Charm Pommachan for a 15-yard touchdown pass to cut Meadowdale’s lead to 27-14 in the third quarter.
The Mavericks answered back on the next drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Moen and never looked back.
Cherry finished with 211 yards and a two touchdowns on 23 carries.
Shorewood 24, Shorecrest 0
Jaro Rouse’s 60-yard interception return for a touchdown with no time left on the clock in the second quarter broke a scoreless tie and shifted the momentum in Shorewood’s favor as the Thunderbirds knocked off Shorecrest to win the Rotary Cup at Shoreline Stadium.
Shorewood (3-1 overall, 2-1 Wesco 3A) added to its lead in the third quarter when David Snell found Joseph Williamson for a 73-yard scoring strike, and Robert Banks broke off a 55-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
The win gave Shorewood its first victory over the Scots (3-1, 2-1) since 2014.
Marysville Pilchuck 28, Lake Washington 0
Marysville Pilchuck (3-1) shutout visiting Lake Washington.
The Tomahawks’ defense was able to match their offense, scoring two touchdowns.
Marysville Pilchuck’s Justice Jordan ran for 102 yards on 10 carries.
Juanita 53, Lynnwood 21
Juanita took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter on its way to a victory over visiting Lynnwood, which fell to 0-3.
Bellingham 30, Cedarcrest 15
Bellingham scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a 24-7 halftime lead en route to a win over host Cedarcrest.
Cameron Kohlruss scored a touchdown for the Red Wolves on a 2-yard run, and Freddy Reid caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Gavin McDermott for the Red Wolves (2-2).
Reid recorded 98 yards on six catches and led Cedarcrest with 39 rushing yards.
Sedro-Woolley 36, Lakewood 14
Sedro-Woolley took a 15-0 halftime lead and racked up 422 total yards in its victory over visiting Lakewood (3-1).
Mountlake Terrace 27, Anacortes 8
Down by two points at halftime, Mountlake Terrace scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and went on to beat visiting Anacortes.
Jesse James Martineau ran and threw for a touchdown for the Hawks (2-2).
Friday Harbor 8, Sultan 6
Sultan coach Jim Wright lamented the fact that his Turks “moved the ball all over the field” against host Friday Harbor, but couldn’t convert in rainy, sloppy conditions.
Sultan’s Kaden Hardwick scored on a 10-yard touchdown run late in the game, but a two-point conversion run that would have tied the game was stopped short of the end zone.
The Turks fell to 1-3.
Cascade (Leavenworth) 40, King’s 10 (statistics not reported)
South Whidbey 14, Concrete 13 (statistics not reported)
Coupeville 33, La Conner 12 (statistics not reported)
Naselle 67, Darrington 8 (statistics not reported)