EVERETT — Three weeks ago, the Snohomish football team surrendered 63 points and was gashed for more than 500 yards rushing in a season-opening loss to Marysville Pilchuck.
The Panthers’ defense has come a long way since that dismal start.
Snohomish limited Everett to just 144 yards of total offense and dominated all aspects of the game, rolling to a 36-3 win over the Seagulls in a Wesco 3A South clash Friday evening at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The Panthers (2-2 overall, 2-0 Wesco 3A South) bottled up Everett’s offense and regularly invaded the backfield, recording seven sacks and holding the Seagulls to just 2.8 yards per play.
“It’s absolutely beautiful when you get brothers trusting each other to do their jobs at a high level — when they have no doubt,” first-year Snohomish coach Joey Hammer said of his team’s lockdown defense. “It’s just absolutely awesome.”
The Panthers’ victory avenged a 38-14 loss to Everett last season.
“We had a big grudge this week, because last year they kind of took it to us,” Snohomish senior running back Tyler Massena said. “So we just prepared, studied, watched film and took it to them tonight.”
OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES CONTINUE FOR EVERETT
This marked the third time in four games that the Seagulls have managed less than 300 yards of total offense. Everett is averaging just 17.8 points and 211 total yards per contest.
Tyler Massena, sr., Snohomish: Massena rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, leading a Panthers rushing attack that totaled 259 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry. Massena also had a long kickoff return to open the second half.
Tayte Conover, sr., Snohomish: Conover scored on a pair of quarterback keepers and tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Brandvold late in the third quarter.
Christian Balmer, sr., Everett: The hard-running Balmer rushed for 106 yards on 23 carries, accounting for the vast majority of the Seagulls’ offense.
Snohomish junior running back Tyler Larson appeared to injure his right leg on a carry in the third quarter. Larson had to be helped off the field and didn’t return. He finished with 67 yards on 14 carries.
Snohomish faces Shorecrest next Friday night at Shoreline Stadium in a key Wesco 3A South matchup. The Scots (3-1, 2-1) fell to crosstown rival Shorewood 24-0 in Friday night’s annual Rotary Cup game.
Everett looks to rebound against much-improved Shorewood (3-1, 2-1) next Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Seagulls have lost two straight and are in need of a victory to keep pace in the Wesco 3A South postseason race.