Running back Kyle Pinca is one of several experienced seniors on the Marysville Getchell football team this season. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

High school football preview: Wesco 3A North team capsules

Arlington Eagles

Last season: 5-0 in conference, 7-3 overall; lost 33-21 to Bonney Lake in the Class 3A quad-district playoffs

Head coach: Greg Dailer (ninth season)

Key players: Devon Nutter, RB/OLB, sr.; Mason Bergley, RB/MLB, sr.; Cristian Binder, OL/DL, sr.; Wyatt Hawthorne, OLB, sr.; Campbell Hudson, QB, jr.; Trevor Kazen, WR/DB, jr.; Jaren Cary, WR/LB, jr.

Coach’s quote: “After graduating 25 seniors last year, we are only returning three starters on offense and two starters on defense, so it’s hard to know what to expect with so many new players on the field. We have loads of talent and decent depth, but we are very young (just 11 seniors and only eight of those saw action last year). We are hoping to develop fast and come together quickly.”


Sept. 2Redmond, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Lake Stevens, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16at M. Getchell, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23Ferndale, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29at Graham Kapowsin, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7at M. Pilchuck, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14Stanwood, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21at Oak Harbor, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28Squalicum, 7 p.m.

Ferndale Golden Eagles

Last season: 5-2 in the Northwest Conference, 7-4 overall; lost to Bellevue 41-7 in the Class 3A quad-district playoffs

Head coach: Jamie Plenkovich (13th season)

Key players: Winterhawk Leighton, OL/DL/TE, sr.; Justice Powell, RB/DB, sr.; Jacob Kildall, WR/DB, sr.; James Hinson, QB, jr.; Ben Broselle, RB/DB, sr.

Coach’s quote: “It’s been Wing-T (at Ferndale) for a long time. I coached at Sehome before coming to Ferndale and we were Wing-T there. It’s been kind of a staple at Ferndale, for sure.”


Sept. 2Vancouver Academy, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Lynden, 7 p.m.

Sept. 17South Kitsap, 4 p.m.

Sept. 23at Arlington, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30M. Pilchuck, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7at Stanwood, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14Oak Harbor, 7 p.m.

Oct. 22at Squalicum, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28M. Getchell, 7 p.m.

Marysville Getchell


Last season: 1-4 in conference, 3-7 overall

Head coach: Davis Lura (sixth season)

Key players: Gage Thomas, RB/LB, sr.; Michael Stewart, RB/LB, sr.; Kyle Pinca, RB/DB, sr.; Charlie Diedrich, OL, sr.; Zach Townsend, WR/LB, sr.; Garrett Allan, WR/DB, sr.; Caleb Koellmer, QB, soph.

Coach’s quote: “(We are) a very senior heavy-led group. The senior class has gotten a lot of experience the last two years at the varsity level and look to be very competitive in a competitive league from top to bottom. The key to the season will be staying healthy and winning the close games.”


Sept. 2Lake Washington, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Mariner, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16Arlington, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23at M. Pilchuck, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30Stanwood, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7at Oak Harbor, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14Squalicum, 5 p.m.

Oct 21.Curtis, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28at Ferndale, 7 p.m.

Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawks

Last season: 3-2 in conference, 4-6 overall; lost 26-25 to Edmonds-Woodway in the play-in game for the Class 3A quad-district playoffs

Head coach: Brandon Carson (10th season)

Key players: Galdino Fajardo, RB, sr.; Keshaun King, RB/DB, sr.; Ross Whyte, OL, sr.; Tim Barton, MLB, sr.; Keean Ballard, QB, jr.

Coach’s quote: “Right now we’re just worried about ourselves getting better: blocking better, tackling better and installing our stuff. We’re more worried about ourselves right now. As the season progresses, we’ll take care of the people we need to take care of.”


Sept. 2at Snohomish, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9Lynnwood, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16at Squalicum, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23M. Getchell, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30at Ferndale, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7Arlington, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14Puyallup, 8 p.m.

Oct. 21at Stanwood, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28Oak Harbor, 7 p.m.

Oak Harbor Wildcats

Last season: 4-1 in conference, 6-3 overall; lost 49-35 to Juanita in the Class 3A quad-district playoffs

Head coach: Jay Turner (ninth season)

Key players: Princeton Lollar Jr., RB/LB, sr.; Sam Zook, OL/DL, sr.; Deandre Bellamy, OL/LB, sr.; Taeson Hardin, RB/DB, jr.; TJ Hollis-Passmore, RB/DB, jr.; Kyle Nickols, WR/LB, jr.

Coach’s quote: “This is shaping up to be a very exciting season for the Wesco North. The conference is going to be extremely competitive with the additions of Squalicum and Ferndale. Every week we need to improve and be ready to compete.”


Sept. 2Mariner, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Kamiak, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16Stanwood, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23Rogers, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 30at Squalicum, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7M. Getchell, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14at Ferndale, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21Arlington, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28at M. Pilchuck, 7 p.m.

Squalicum Storm

Last season: 7-0 in the Northwest Conference, 11-1 overall; lost 38-21 to Tumwater in the Class 2A state semifinals

Head coach: Nick Lucey (third season)

Key players: Ben Peterson, WR/DB/K/KR, sr.; Garrett Sorenson, QB, sr.; Jack Wendling, OL/LB, sr.; Jake Burns, DT, sr.; Damek Mitchell, WR/DB, sr.

Coach’s quote: “Everybody starts out the year with, ‘We’d all love to be in the Tacoma Dome in December.’ We just see it as a week-in-week-out thing where we want to go compete and be the best team that we can be. We believe we have the talent that it will take care of itself at the end of the day.”


Sept. 2at Gig Harbor, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9Sehome, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16M. Pilchuck, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23at Stanwood, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30Oak Harbor, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7at Emerald Ridge, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14at M. Getchell, 5 p.m.

Oct 22Ferndale, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28at Arlington, 7 p.m.

Stanwood Spartans

Last season: 1-4 in conference, 4-6 overall

Head coach: Erik Keizer (second season)

Key players: Drew Shuckerow, RB, sr.; Travis Beckt, OL, jr.; Jonathon McDowell, OL, sr.; Payton Greene, DB, sr.; Michael Fox-Ramey, LB, sr.; Gavin Schweitzer, DL, jr.

Coach’s quote: “The 2016 Wesco 3A North is going to be tough from top to bottom. Spartan football will need to play lights out to compete with every team this year. Protecting the football and playing good fundamental football will be key for us. We have a great group of players that are grinding every day and are excited to play football.”


Sept. 2Lake Stevens, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9at Newport, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16at Oak Harbor, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23Squalicum, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30at M. Getchell, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7Ferndale, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14at Arlington, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21M. Pilchuck, 7 p.m.

Oct. 28at Olympia, 7 p.m.

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