Football

A gang of Lake Stevens Vikings take down the ball carrier during the 4A semifinal against Graham-Kapowsin on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Versatile defense plays key role in Lake Stevens’ run to title game

The Vikings’ flexible defense has slowed down a variety of offenses en route to another 4A state championship game trip.

 

Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar beats the defense for a 55-yard touchdown run during the 4A semifinal against Graham-Kapowsin on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens tops Graham-Kapowsin to reach state title game

Jayden Limar accounts for 6 TDs as the Vikings beat the defending champs 42-28 and avenge last year’s title game loss.

 

Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar runs the ball during the game against Eastlake on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘He’s been our motor’: Star tailback Limar powers Lake Stevens’ title quest

Notre Dame commit Jayden Limar has showcased his immense talent while leading the Vikings back to the 4A state semifinals.

 

Lake Stevens’ Cole Becker weaves through the secondary on a long reception against Gonzaga Prep on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

4A state semifinal preview: Lake Stevens vs. Graham-Kapowsin

The Vikings are set to face defending champion Graham-Kapowsin in a rematch of last year’s state title game.

Lake Stevens’ Cole Becker weaves through the secondary on a long reception against Gonzaga Prep on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Washington State defensive end Ron Stone Jr., center, celebrates with Willie Taylor III, left, as he holds the Apple Cup Trophy after they defeated in an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Huskies out for revenge in Apple Cup

The Huskies haven’t forgotten the frenzied celebration that took place on their home turf last year.

Washington State defensive end Ron Stone Jr., center, celebrates with Willie Taylor III, left, as he holds the Apple Cup Trophy after they defeated in an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner is tackled while running the ball during the 3A quarterfinal game against Odea on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stanwood’s playoff run ends with loss to O’Dea in quarterfinals

Star running back Jason Brown scores five touchdowns as the powerhouse Fighting Irish fend off the Spartans 42-21.

Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner is tackled while running the ball during the 3A quarterfinal game against Odea on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar takes a carry up the sideline for a long gain against Gonzaga Prep on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens rolls past Gonzaga Prep, advances to state semis

Jayden Limar piles up 284 total yards and 5 TDs as the Vikings rout the Bullpups in a 4A state quarterfinal rematch.

Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar takes a carry up the sideline for a long gain against Gonzaga Prep on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar runs the ball during the game against Eastlake on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

4A state quarterfinal preview: Lake Stevens vs. Gonzaga Prep

The Vikings continue their title quest with a state quarterfinal rematch against Gonzaga Prep.

Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar runs the ball during the game against Eastlake on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood's Michael Mascotti relays the next play to his teammates during football practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Prep football picks for the state quarterfinals

Local experts take a crack at picking the winners for the state quarterfinals (with score predictions).

Stanwood's Michael Mascotti relays the next play to his teammates during football practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington’s Leyton Martin is tackled by multiple Stanwood players during the Stilly Cup on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Without fanfare, Stanwood’s defense has been rock solid

The Spartans’ potent offense may grab the headlines, but the defense has been stout and has come up big in crucial moments.

Arlington’s Leyton Martin is tackled by multiple Stanwood players during the Stilly Cup on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Carson Beckt sheds one of a few would-be tackles on his way to a 52-yard touchdown against Ferndale Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3A state quarterfinal preview: Stanwood vs. O’Dea

The upstart Spartans travel south to take on perennial state powerhouse O’Dea.

Stanwood’s Carson Beckt sheds one of a few would-be tackles on his way to a 52-yard touchdown against Ferndale Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe’s Eli Miller stiff arms a defender while being pushed out of bounds during a playoff matchup against Lincoln High on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Monroe’s season ends with state loss to talented Lincoln

The Bearcats struggle to contain star Abes quarterback Gabarri Johnson in a 49-16 loss in the opening round.

Monroe’s Eli Miller stiff arms a defender while being pushed out of bounds during a playoff matchup against Lincoln High on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Cassidy Bolong-Banks tris to take a reception for a first down during a playoff game against North Creek on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens beats North Creek, advances to 4A state quarterfinals

Jayden Limar scores 4 TDs and the Vikings win 42-27 to reach the state quarters for the 6th time in the past 7 postseasons.

Lake Stevens’ Cassidy Bolong-Banks tris to take a reception for a first down during a playoff game against North Creek on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Carson Beckt signals for a first down after holding onto a pass through hard contact against Lakes High School on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. Targeting was called on the play, resulting in extra yards for Stanwood. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood beats Mt. Spokane for 1st state win since 1996

The Spartans use ball control and timely defensive stops for a 24-14 win and a trip to the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

Stanwood’s Carson Beckt signals for a first down after holding onto a pass through hard contact against Lakes High School on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. Targeting was called on the play, resulting in extra yards for Stanwood. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe sophomore Aiden Boldt celebrates after Monroe recovers a Liberty fumble on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Katie Webber / The Herald)

A look at local prep football first-round state playoff games

Lake Stevens, Stanwood and Monroe are the final three teams left representing Snohomish County.

Monroe sophomore Aiden Boldt celebrates after Monroe recovers a Liberty fumble on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Katie Webber / The Herald)
Stanwood's Michael Mascotti relays the next play to his teammates during football practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Prep football picks for Round 1 of state tournaments

Local experts take a crack at picking the winners for the first round of the state tournaments.

Stanwood's Michael Mascotti relays the next play to his teammates during football practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood is one of three Snohomish County prep football teams that advanced to their respective state playoffs. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Brackets released for high school football state playoffs

Lake Stevens receives the No. 2 seed in 4A, while Stanwood and Monroe will hit the road for 3A first-round matchups.

Stanwood is one of three Snohomish County prep football teams that advanced to their respective state playoffs. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Herald's prep football roundup. (Photo by Elaine Thompson)

Prep football roundup for Friday, Nov. 4

Prep football roundup for Friday, Nov. 4: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results and statistics, email sports@heraldnet.com) 4A WEEK 10 PLAYOFFS Winner to state, loser… Continue reading

The Herald's prep football roundup. (Photo by Elaine Thompson)
Monroe junior Jack Irwin dives to recover a Liberty fumble on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 during a game at Monroe High in Monroe, Washington. Monroe forced five turnovers in the game, advancing to the Class 3A round of 16. (Katie Webber / The Herald)

Defense steps up as Monroe tops Liberty to clinch state berth

The Bearcats force five turnovers and score on a blocked punt in a 35-21 win in the Week 10 playoffs.

Monroe junior Jack Irwin dives to recover a Liberty fumble on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 during a game at Monroe High in Monroe, Washington. Monroe forced five turnovers in the game, advancing to the Class 3A round of 16. (Katie Webber / The Herald)
Stanwood senior running back Ryder Bumgarner celebrates after taking a handoff in for a touchdown during the first half against Lakes High School on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood tops Lakes, earns 2nd consecutive trip to state

The Spartans secure their program’s 1st-ever back-to-back state berths with a 28-20 win in the 3A Week 10 playoffs.

Stanwood senior running back Ryder Bumgarner celebrates after taking a handoff in for a touchdown during the first half against Lakes High School on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)