Football

Monroe's Cole Pruett looks for an open lane with Edmonds-Woodway's Nathanuel Marinez closing Friday night at Monroe High School on October 1, 2021.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2021 All-Area high school football teams

A look at the top prep football players in the area this fall.

 

All-Area Offensive Player of the Year Dylan Carson ran for 2,671 yards (eighth in state history) and 46 touchdowns (third in state history) over 13 games this season. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2021 Football Player of the Year: Dylan Carson

The Marysville Pilchuck senior flirted with state records with 2,671 rushing yards and a staggering 46 touchdowns.

 

Lake Stevens' Kolton Matson halts his scramble with Graham Kapowsin's Jalen Davenport closing during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Patterson: Future is bright for Lake Stevens despite title game loss

The Vikings suffered a humbling loss, but many players will be back from their talented squad.

 

Lake Stevens' TK Perkins makes his way to the sideline during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens falls to Graham-Kapowsin in 4A state title game

The Murren-less Vikings run into a “buzzsaw” and finish as state runners-up after a 44-7 loss to G-K.

Lake Stevens' TK Perkins makes his way to the sideline during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar (left) and Graham-Kapowsin's Vega Ioane (far right) and Michael Toa.

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

Get ready for the state championship game with an in-depth look at both teams and how they match up.

Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar (left) and Graham-Kapowsin's Vega Ioane (far right) and Michael Toa.
Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Championship central: Lake Stevens’ run to the title game

Get ready for Saturday’s 4A state championship game with stories from the Vikings’ success-filled season.

Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Lake Stevens' Micah Avery, left-right, Ashten Hendrickson, Grant Lynch, Dylan Slezak and Bryce Slezak are the starting offensive linemen for Lake Stevens state championship run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Unsung O-line plays key role in Lake Stevens’ run to title game

Smaller and less experienced than usual, the Vikings’ offensive line has still found ways to excel.

Lake Stevens' Micah Avery, left-right, Ashten Hendrickson, Grant Lynch, Dylan Slezak and Bryce Slezak are the starting offensive linemen for Lake Stevens state championship run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The 1991 Cascade High School football team. (Photo provided by the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)

‘A ragtag group’: Reliving Cascade’s state football title in 1991

Players and coaches remember the last Snohomish County team to win a title in the state’s largest classification.

The 1991 Cascade High School football team. (Photo provided by the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)
From left: Archbishop Murphy’s Anfernee Gurley, Lake Stevens’ Gavin Steidle and Glacier Peak’s Aaliyah Collins. (Olivia Vanni and Kevin Clark / The Herald)

91-6: When is a high school sports blowout over the line?

Lopsided matchups happen in every sport. But when the athletes are kids, how do parents and coaches navigate it?

From left: Archbishop Murphy’s Anfernee Gurley, Lake Stevens’ Gavin Steidle and Glacier Peak’s Aaliyah Collins. (Olivia Vanni and Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Drew Carter holds up the ball after scoring a touchdown to secure the win as Lake Stevens beat Eastlake 45-28 in a 4A state semi-final football game at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Bothell, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lake Stevens downs Eastlake to reach 4A state title game

The Vikings win 45-28 and will face Graham-Kapowsin for the state championship next weekend.

Lake Stevens' Drew Carter holds up the ball after scoring a touchdown to secure the win as Lake Stevens beat Eastlake 45-28 in a 4A state semi-final football game at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Bothell, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Marysville-Pilchuck's Brayden Rogers, left, and Dylan Carson take comfort after loosing to Bellevue High Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 27, 2021. The Tomahawks fell to the Wolverines 27-3 ending their playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck’s state run ends with loss to Bellevue

The Wolverines hold the high-powered Tomahawks in check and pull away in the second half for a 27-3 win in the 3A semifinals.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Brayden Rogers, left, and Dylan Carson take comfort after loosing to Bellevue High Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 27, 2021. The Tomahawks fell to the Wolverines 27-3 ending their playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville-Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson creaks away from Yelm defensive back Marius Alone for a touchdown run during Saturday afternoon’s 3A football state quarterfinal game at Yelm High School in Yelm, Washington, on Nov. 20, 2021. Marysville-Pilchuck won the game, 39-21.

3A state semifinal preview: Marysville Pilchuck vs. Bellevue

It’s déjà vu for the Tomahawks, who face perennial power Bellevue in a rematch of the 2014 semifinals.

Marysville-Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson creaks away from Yelm defensive back Marius Alone for a touchdown run during Saturday afternoon’s 3A football state quarterfinal game at Yelm High School in Yelm, Washington, on Nov. 20, 2021. Marysville-Pilchuck won the game, 39-21.
Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

4A state semifinal preview: Lake Stevens vs. Eastlake

After their Week 1 matchup was canceled, the Vikings and Wolves meet in a semifinal clash of unbeatens.

Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Lake Stevens' Grayson Murren competes against O'Dea High School in Seattle on September 17, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens standout QB ‘so glad’ to be back from injury

After an injury threatened to end his senior season, Grayson Murren is leading the Vikings’ offense again.

Lake Stevens' Grayson Murren competes against O'Dea High School in Seattle on September 17, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Arlington's Gage Price leaps over a Marysville-Pilchuck player during the game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

MP’s ‘overlooked’ defense has been a dominant unit this season

The Tomahawks’ offense gets much of the attention, but the defense is nearly as good.

Arlington's Gage Price leaps over a Marysville-Pilchuck player during the game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington State wide running back Max Borghi (21) reacts late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 44-18. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

WSU looks to snap Apple Cup losing streak vs. Washington

The bowl-eligible Cougars haven’t beat the Huskies since 2012. Both teams are led by interim coaches.

Washington State wide running back Max Borghi (21) reacts late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 44-18. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Lake Stevens' Jayden Limar leaps for a catch over a Gonzaga Prep defender during a 4A state quarterfinal game on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Images)

Lake Stevens shuts down Gonzaga Prep to reach 4A state semis

Jayden Limar runs for four TDs and the Vikings silence the Bullpups 35-14 in the state quarterfinals.

Lake Stevens' Jayden Limar leaps for a catch over a Gonzaga Prep defender during a 4A state quarterfinal game on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Images)
Marysville Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson slips through the tackle of Yelm defensive back Kyler Ronquillo during a 3A football state quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Yelm High School. Marysville Pilchuck won the game 39-21. (Tony Overman / The Olympian)

Marysville Pilchuck steamrolls Yelm into state semifinals

Dylan Carson rushes for 427 yards and five touchdowns as the Tomahawks win 39-21.

Marysville Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson slips through the tackle of Yelm defensive back Kyler Ronquillo during a 3A football state quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Yelm High School. Marysville Pilchuck won the game 39-21. (Tony Overman / The Olympian)
Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball during a 4A state playoff game against Richland on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

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

The Vikings host Gonzaga Prep in a 4A quarterfinal showdown of unbeaten state title contenders.

Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball during a 4A state playoff game against Richland on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Glacier Peak’s Ashton Olson yells while celebrating a touchdown during the game against Glacier Peak on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

3A state quarterfinal preview: Marysville Pilchuck vs. Yelm

The Tomahawks and their high-powered rushing attack travel to face unbeaten Yelm in the 3A quarters.

Glacier Peak’s Ashton Olson yells while celebrating a touchdown during the game against Glacier Peak on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)