Roundup of games in the first round of the state tournaments involving local teams:
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4A STATE TOURNAMENT
Bothell 49, Glacier Peak 35
SNOHOMISH — The Glacier Peak football team looked well on its way to beating one of the state’s premier programs and advancing to the state quarterfinals.
But then, it all unraveled in stunning fashion.
The Grizzlies committed costly turnovers and special teams blunders. Their offense suddenly went cold. And once the second-half avalanche gained speed, their defense couldn’t slow it down.
No. 9 seed Bothell rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to hand No. 8 seed Glacier Peak a crushing 49-35 season-ending loss in a Class 4A first-round state playoff game Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Lake Stevens 52, Richland 7
LAKE STEVENS — The Lake Stevens football team entered Saturday’s state playoff game undefeated, but with a freshman starting quarterback and facing a Richland Bombers team that held six of its 10 opponents to 12 points or fewer this season.
As has been the case for the Vikings all season, the adversity was no factor.
Kolton Matson threw three touchdown passes, Jayden Limar and Trayce Hanks each scored twice, and No. 3 Lake Stevens steamrolled to a 52-7 win over No. 14 Richland in the opening round of the 4A state tournament on Saturday evening.
The Vikings will face No. 6 Gonzaga Prep in the state quarterfinals next week.
Gonzaga Prep routed No. 11 Moses Lake 56-7 on Friday and is also undefeated this season.
Lake Stevens wasted no time in building a 21-0 lead after just one quarter.
Matson tossed a screen to Hanks, and the speedy wideout took the ball 72 yards for a score to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead.
After a Richland turnover, Limar scored from 10 yards out to push the score to 14-0.
Lake Stevens then recovered an onside kick and a few plays later Matson hit Isaac Redford from 20 yards out to make it 21-0.
Early in the second quarter the Vikings struck again when Matson found Limar from 30 yards out to give the Vikings a 28-0 advantage.
Hanks followed a few minutes later with a 63-yard rushing touchdown and the rout was on.
Drew Carter and Jayshon Limar scored on short runs in the second half and the Vikings also added a field goal.
Lake Stevens will enter the quarterfinals on a nine-game winning streak. The Vikings have outscored opponents by an average of 35.6 points per game this season.
Gonzaga Prep allowed just nine points per game in Greater Spokane League play and is on a 16-game winning streak overall.
3A STATE TOURNAMENT
Eastside Catholic 41, Stanwood 6
SEATTLE — The Stanwood High School football team may have shocked the state last week. But the Spartans ran out of electricity when they ran into the two-time defending state champions.
Stanwood’s unexpected playoff run came to an end Friday night when the Sprtans fell 41-6 to the Eastside Catholic Crusaders in a first-round Class 3A state playoff game at Seattle Memorial Stadium.
“We battled,” Stanwood coach Jeff Scoma said. “I told the kids, I truly think we’re a top-10 team in the state. We just ran into the No. 2 team. They’re really good, and they did a hell of a job. What are you going to do?”
Stanwood hadn’t reached the state playoffs since 1996, and after starting the season 1-3 most figured the Spartans’ drought was going to continue. A 4-1 conclusion to the regular season and a 40-35 upset win over Lincoln last week in the Week 10 winner-to-state playoffs had the Spartans seeing themselves as spoilers.
Mt. Spokane 38, Arlington 24
ARLINGTON — All season long the Arlington High School football team’s defense kept opponents locked down.
But Saturday afternoon the Mt. Spokane Wildcats found the formula, and as a result the Eagles’ season is over.
Mt. Spokane picked its way around Arlington’s vaunted defense, and the Eagles fell 38-24 in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Arlington came into Saturday allowing just 7.6 points per game, and the Eagles hadn’t allowed more than 18 points in a single contest. But the Wildcats found success both on the ground and through the air. The aerial attack was on display early, as Mt. Spokane continually found holes in the Arlington secondary on seam routes. Then late in the game, after the Eagles pulled within 24-21, the Wildcats broke out the wildcat formation and chewed up yards on the ground en route to scoring the clinching touchdown.
Marysville Pilchuck 52, Garfield 21
MARYSVILLE — For about a quarter and a half it looked like Garfield might give Marysville Pilchuck a challenge.
Instead, Saturday night turned into a familiar story — another dominant Tomahawks win.
Dylan Carson churned out 271 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries, MP’s defense shut down the Bulldogs’ rushing attack all game and the fifth-seeded Tomahawks earned their second straight Class 3A state quarterfinal berth with a 52-21 win over No. 12 Garfield.
The 52 points set a new playoff record for MP, which has scored 49 or more points in 10 of its 11 games this season.
“I’m really happy with where we’re at,” Tomahawks head coach Brandon Carson said. “We get to live to play another week. Man, I love it.”
1A STATE TOURNAMENT
Lynden Christian 50, Granite Falls 0
BELLINGHAM — The Granite Falls football team reached the state playoffs this season for the first time since 1990.
That season 31 years ago Granite Falls beat Lynden Christian for their first and only state win in program history.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they will have to wait at least another year for state win No. 2.
Third-seeded Lynden Christian raced out to a 48-0 lead at halftime and rolled to a 50-0 win over No. 14 Granite Falls in the opening round of the Class 1A state tournament on Friday afternoon at Civic Stadium.
The Lyncs scored first in the game on an 8-yard touchdown run by Kade Eldridge to go up 7-0.
The Tigers fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by Lynden Christian. Just three plays later the Lyncs found the end zone again, this time on a 2-yard run by Caleb Ryan, to go up 14-0.
It was an uphill battle from Granite Falls from there.
Eldridge added touchdown runs of 43 and 24 yards, William Colwell threw a pair of touchdowns, and Ryan scored a second rushing touchdown as Lynden Christian went into halftime with an insurmountable 48-0 lead.
Granite Falls was held to just 42 total yards and three first downs in the game. Sam Morrison had three tackles and a sack, Marshall McBride had seven tackles and Gio Gonzalez had four tackles for the Tigers.
The Lyncs (6-0) advanced to face either Tenino or Freeman in the 1A state quarterfinals.
Granite Falls finished its season with a 7-3 overall record. The Tigers clinched a state berth with a thrilling 13-12 win over South Whidbey to clinch the second and final state berth from the Emerald Sound Conference.