In Week 6, local squads rode impressive defensive performances to victory.
Seven teams held their opponent to single-digit points on Friday night, a few just missed shutouts and another six didn’t allow their foes to surpass 15 points.
In Wesco 4A, top-ranked Lake Stevens was dominant once again. The Vikings held Glacier Peak — which came into the game led by its own stingy defense allowing just 9.8 points per game through five contests — to just a field goal in a 41-3 rout. Mount Vernon delivered its best defensive effort of the year in a 33-7 win over Mariner. And Monroe just missed out on its first shut out since 2017. The Bearcats held winless Jackson to minus-three yards in the first half and took a shutout into the game’s final minute before coming away with a 56-7 win.
Arlington just missed a shutout as well. The Eagles held Oak Harbor scoreless until the final moments when the Wildcats punched in a short TD run. Arlington’s defense, which has been strong all year long, lowered its average points against from 17 to 15.5 per game. Wesco 3A North peer Marysville Pilchuck also took a shutout into the final moments of its contest. The Tomahawks stifled rival Marysville Getchell in the Berry Bowl and held the Chargers scoreless until there were less than two minutes remaining. MP’s defense improved points allowed per game from 11.4 to 11.
Snohomish delivered one of it’s best defensive performances of the season as it topped Edmonds-Woodway 24-14 in a marquee Wesco 3A South matchup, and Shorecrest’s defense outscored Stanwood by itself. The Scots shutout the Spartans while junior Desmond Fox returned two of his three interceptions for scores.
In North Sound Conference play, Granite Falls held King’s scoreless until the fourth quarter and sealed the game with a late safety for a 16-7 victory.
Here’s how it all went down:
Monroe 56, Jackson 7
Monroe took control early, jumping out to a 42-0 lead in the first quarter, on its way to rout of Jackson in a Wesco 4A matchup at Monroe High School.
Bearcats quarterback Gio Fregoso was a perfect 5-of-5 passing for 110 yards and three touchdowns.
Nathan Clark found Roman Vicente for a 36-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to get the Timberwolves on the board.
With the win, Monroe moves to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in Wesco 4A, while Jackson falls to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Lake Stevens 41, Glacier Peak 3
Mount Vernon 33, Mariner 7
Mount Vernon improved to 3-3 (2-2 Wesco 4A) with a Wesco 4A road victory over Mariner.
The Maruaders fall to 2-4 (2-2).
Cascade 39, Kamiak 14
Michael Purl ran for 349 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries to lead Cascade to Wesco 4A home win over Kamiak.
Davanta Murphy-Mcmillan added 114 yards and a touchdown on eight carries for the Bruins (3-3 overall, 2-2 Wesco 4A).
The Knights fall to 0-6 (0-4).
Arlington 43, Oak Harbor 8
Arlington scored the game’s first 43 points and cruised to a Wesco 3A North road victory over Oak Harbor.
Jaden Roskelly totaled four touchdowns (two passing, two receiving) and Trent Nobach threw for four TDs for the Eagles (5-1 overall, 4-1 Wesco 3A North).
Michael Gomez found the end zone in the fourth quarter to get the Wildcats (1-5, 0-4) on the board.
Marysville Pilchuck 47, Marysville Getchell 7
Jordan Justice led Marysville Pilchuck to a 47-7 win against Marysville Getchell with four rushing touchdowns, one 20-yard touchdown catch and 217 yards rushing. MP’s Jay Gray rushed for a 30-yard touchdown and Lincoln Davis returned an interception 15 yards for a score.
The Tomahawks move to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in Wesco 3A North. The Chargers fall to 1-5 (1-4).
Caleb Blonk ran in Getchell’s lone touchdown with a 1-yard rush.
Lynnwood 31, Shorewood 14
Lynnwood’s defense dominated early, only allowing 37 yards passing and not letting Shorewood get on the board until the fourth quarter.
Zach Newson led the way for the Royals with two rushing touchdowns, and his team came out with a Wesco 3A South victory over the Thunderbirds.
With the win, Lynnwood moves to 4-2 on the year and 2-2 in Wesco 3A South play, while Shorewood falls to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Meadowdale 29, Everett 15
The Meadowdale Mavericks came storming out of the locker room in the second half, scoring on their first two drives to take the lead and keep it against the Everett Seagulls in a Wesco 3A South matchup at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Led by quarterback Hunter Moen, who accounted for three total touchdowns — including two that went for 50-plus yards — the Mavericks move to 4-2 overall, and 3-1 in Wesco 3A South play. The Seagulls move to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
Everett was led by wide receiver Jemyre Reed, who caught six passes for 122 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 29-15 late in the fourth quarter.
The Seagulls’ late comeback attempt was stifled by a Meadowdale interception, which sealed the win for the Mavericks.
Snohomish 24, Edmonds-Woodway 14
Lakewood 35, Archbishop Murphy 27
Sehome 35, Cedarcrest 14
Dawson Smith led Sehome to a 35-14 win over Cedarcrest with two rushing touchdowns and a total of 136 yards on the ground in a Northwest 2A Lake Division matchup at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
Quarterback Jacob Kaepernick threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns and added another score on the ground.
Sehome moves up to 4-2 (2-0 Northwest 2A Lake) and Cedarcrest is now 4-2 (1-1).
Nathan Gerde had a team-high of 73 yards receiving and one touchdown for Cedarcrest.
Granite Falls 16, King’s 7
Granite Falls jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and held on for a North Sound Conference home victory over King’s.
Ryan Gese found Mason McBride for a 16-yard touchdown strike to open the scoring and Antonio More added a 3-yard first-quarter TD run for the Tigers (2-4, 1-1 North Sound Conference).
Hayden Teeter found Davis Campbell for a 21-yard touchdown pass to get the Knights (1-5, 0-1) on the board in the fourth quarter.
Shorecrest 42, Stanwood 0
Behind three interceptions from Desmond Fox, two of which were returned for touchdowns, Shorecrest took control of the game early and never looked back, rolling to a non-league road victory over Stanwood.
With the win, the Scots move to 5-1 overall, while the Spartans fall to 2-4.
Mountlake Terrace 41, Sultan 12
Jordan Sims scored five rushing touchdowns to lead Mountlake Terrace to a non-league road win over Sultan.
Quarterback Haedyn Wendt added another score on the ground for the Hawks (2-3, 0-1 Northwest 2A Lake).
Kaden Hardwick and Aidan Fleming each found the end zone for the Turks (1-5, 0-1 North Sound Conference).
Coupeville 32, Northwest Christian (Lacey) 24
Coupeville improved to 4-2 with a non-league road win over Northwest Christian (Lacey).
Neah Bay 70, Darrington 22
Darrington’s Lucas Reuwsaat ran for a pair of touchdowns and Richard Zinnato threw a scoring pass to Austin Foster, but Neah Bay, ranked fifth in the AP’s Class 1B poll, was too much for the Loggers to handle on Friday night.
Neah Bay (4-1) got five rushing touchdowns from Tobias Croy and two touchdown passes from Meric Soenke in the win.
Darrington fell to 2-4 with the loss.