The first Friday night of the prep football season certainly didn’t disappoint.
Two strong Class 4A programs went down-to-the-wire in a tight overtime finish that could have huge implications in seeding for a pair of teams with state playoff aspirations.
A preseason favorite to compete for a state title opened the season with an emphatic blowout victory.
A pair of local teams tasked with replacing the bulk of their offensive production seemingly didn’t skip a beat with plenty of fresh faces on the field.
And a statement victory to open the season has another local squad looking like it just may surpass everyone’s preseason expectations.
In all, 22 games involving area teams took place Friday night. Here’s how it went down:
Stanwood 40, Jackson 7
Stanwood took control of the game early and never looked back.
Carried by running back Caden Carrigan, who ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns, and wide receiver Issac Ortega, who had 115 yards on the ground, two total touchdowns and an interception on defense, the Spartans trounced Jackson 40-7 to open the season.
The Spartans took a 20-0 lead into halftime and added on when Ortega caught a touchdown on Stanwood’s opening drive of the second half.
Jackson answered right away with a 72-yard touchdown run from running back Brendan Sandico, who racked up 146 yards on the ground and 28 more through the air on six receptions.
The Spartans closed the game out with a 65-yard punt return for a TD from Elijah Prout, who took it back straight up the Stanwood sideline to seal it.
Glacier Peak 35, Edmonds-Woodway 14
Bishop Blanchet 42, Kamiak 0
Kamiak’s Jason LeBrane caught 6 passes for 60 yards, and Wesley Garrett added 36 yards on six receptions in the Knights’ 42-0 loss at Bishop Blanchet.
Nick Laman and Mayson Bach split duties at quarterback for Kamiak (0-1) combining to go 17-for-32 for 125 yards and two interceptions.
Blanchet (1-0) held Kamiak to minus-4 rushing yards in the game.
Lake Stevens 55, Ferndale 0
Monroe 42, Eastlake 41 (OT)
Blake Rybar racked up 236 total yards of offense and five touchdowns as Monroe (1-0) gutted out a 42-41 overtime victory over Eastlake in a nonconference matchup at Monroe High School.
The Bearcats outscored the Wolves (0-1) 21-7 in the second half to send the game into overtime, and a blocked PAT following Eastlake’s touchdown to start the extra period left the door open for Monroe kicker Jaden Atterbury to hit the game-winning PAT after Gio Fregoso tied the game at 41-all on a QB keeper from 1-yard line.
Rybar ran for 166 yards and four TDs on 27 carriers and added another score and 70 yards on eight receptions.
Gio Fregoso threw for 390 yards and a touchdown and Efton Chism hauled in 13 passes for 206 yards.
Arlington 35, Mariner 7
After a back and forth first quarter, Arlington seized control of the game behind Jacob Kramer’s 203 yards rushing and two touchdowns on its way to a season opening home victory over Mariner on Friday night.
Trent Nobach started his season off on a high note with three passing TDs for the Eagles (1-0).
Jackson Cole found Roman Savchuck for a 12-yard TD strike to deliver the Maruaders’ only score.
Cascade 49, Everett 14
Shorecrest 14, Marysville Getchell 12
Eladio Fountain’s pair of first-quarter touchdowns on short quarterback sneaks held up for Shorecrest, as the Scots opened the 2019 season with a narrow non-conference victory over Marysville Getchell.
The Chargers (0-1) scored two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter, but Shorecrest blocked the extra point after the first and Marysville Getchell failed a two-point conversion pass that would have put it in front on the second.
Cheron Smith rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for the Chargers, and Phillip Melomey added 53 yards and another score.
Landyn Olson caught three passes for 31 yards and recorded an interception on defense for Getchell.
No individual stats were reported Friday night for Shorecrest.
Oak Harbor 29, Seaquam Secondary (British Columbia) 14
Cameron Asinsin threw two touchdowns to Nolan Byng and ran for another as Oak Harbor opened its season with a non-conference win over Seaquam Secondary (Delta, B.C.) on Friday.
After Seaquam opened the scoring on a touchdown pass in the first quarter, the Wildcats ripped off 29 unanswered points.
Jake Mitten capped the scoring for Oak Harbor with a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Marysville Pilchuck 17, Snohomish 14
Shorewood 42, Granite Falls 14
Shorewood’s Spencer Osborn ran for two touchdowns, threw a third and had a pick-6 to lift the Thunderbirds to a Week 1 win over non-conference opponent Granite Falls.
Kody Carpenter added an 88-yard kickoff return touchdown for Shorewood (1-0).
Ryan Gese threw a pair of touchdowns in defeat for the Tigers, a 2-yard strike to 6-foot-7 tight end Sam Sylliaasen and a 25-yard connection with Mason McBride.
Lynnwood 26, Nathan Hale 14
Nate Killen threw for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Lynnwood picked up its first win since 2017 with a non-conference road victory over Nathan Hale.
Killen found wide receiver Tanner Fahey six times for 106 yards and a touchdown, and Daniel Tran ran for 72 yards and two TDs on 18 carries for the Royals (1-0).
Meadowdale 18, Inglemoor 13
The Mavericks (1-0) opened the season with a non-league win over visiting Inglemoor.
Stats not reported
Archbishop Murphy 53, Eatonville 13
Archbishop Murphy for 358 yards and seven touchdowns on its way to a blowout non-conference road victory over Eatonville.
Joe Ennis ran for 117 yards and a TD on 15 carriers, Mason Mathis and Jelani Guerrero each ran for two scores, and Victor Gabalis provided a touchdown through the air and on the ground for the Wildcats (1-0).
Lakewood 42, King’s 14
Lakewood (1-0) defeated King’s 42-14 to open the season on Friday, Sept. 6.
Quarterback Jared Taylor recorded a game-high of 222 passing yards, ran for 185 more, delivered three rushing touchdowns and threw for two more.
Carson Chrisman had a total of two receiving touchdowns and 128 yards.
Jackson Shultz added a 5-yard touchdown run for the Cougars.
No individual stats were reported Friday night for King’s (0-1).
Mercer Island 14, Mountlake Terrace 6
Mountlake Terrace’s Dylan Breuer hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Dahlman in the third quarter to bring the Hawks (0-1) to within one score of the Islanders on Friday, but couldn’t get any closer in the first game of the season for both teams.
No individual stat totals were available Friday night.
Stats not reported
Cedarcrest 49, Sammamish 0
Cedarcrest (1-0) opened their season with a 49-0 win against Sammamish.
Deuce Knowles threw for 75 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Wolves, and Payton Burpee rushed for a game-high of 91 yards and one touchdown.
Sean Shannon and Jayden Prohn each scored a touchdown on the ground, and Nathan Gerde and Dawson Cairns both recorded touchdown receptions.
South Whidbey 7, Friday Harbor 3
South Whidbey (1-0) scored a first-quarter touchdown and held Friday Harbor out of the end zone to earn a win in the first game of the season for both teams.
Stats not reported
Sultan 35, Vashon Island 7
Sultan (1-0) took a shutout into the games final minute before allowing a late touchdown in a 35-6 non-conference victory over Vashon Island (0-1).
Zaine Sailor ran for three TDs and 108 yards on 10 carries and Kaden Hardwick added a touchdown and 156 yards on 25 carries for the Turks (1-0).
Port Townsend 49, Coupeville 16
The Wolves (0-1) fell to Port Townsend in a non-conference home game.
Stats not reported
Cedar Park Christian 62, Concrete 22
Cedar Park Christian 91-0) took control with a 21-point second quarter in a non-conference win over Concrete on Friday.
Brandon Parrish was the big-play guy for the Eagles on Friday, returning a kickoff 75 yards for a score and racking up 124 rushing yards and two more touchdowns on only three carries.
Zach Wilkins and John Petrus also added rushing touchdowns for Cedar Park Christian.
Darrington 57, Rainier Christian 42
The Loggers (1-0) opened the season with non-league home victory over Rainier Christian.
Stats not reported