Football

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)
Marysville-Pilchuck's Dylan Carson is tackled by Glacier Peak’s Reggie Valmonte during the game on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Like a machine’: MP’s rushing attack has been nearly unstoppable

Marysville Pilchuck’s explosive ground attack has left opponents in the dust and lit up the scoreboard.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Dylan Carson is tackled by Glacier Peak’s Reggie Valmonte during the game on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball with two Richland defenders trying to bring him down during a 4A state playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Prep football roundup for 1st round of state tournaments

Roundup of games in the first round of the state tournaments involving local teams: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results and statistics, email sports@heraldnet.com) 4A… Continue reading

Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball with two Richland defenders trying to bring him down during a 4A state playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Jakobus Seth runs through chute drills during practice at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

From orphanage to star recruit, Lakewood player finds a way

Jakobus Seth was adopted from Haiti at age 6. He has grown into a standout left tackle. Yale wanted him. He chose the Palouse.

Jakobus Seth runs through chute drills during practice at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Marysville Pilchuck football team beat Garfield 52-21 in a Class 3A first-round state playoff game on Saturday at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. (Zac Hereth / The Herald)

MP rides dominant ground attack into state quarterfinals

The Tomahawks rush for 538 yards in a 52-21 win over Garfield in the 3A state tournament.

The Marysville Pilchuck football team beat Garfield 52-21 in a Class 3A first-round state playoff game on Saturday at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. (Zac Hereth / The Herald)
Arlington players run onto the field before a 3A state playoff game against Mt. Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Arlington. (Nick Patterson / The Herald)

Arlington football’s season ends with loss to Mt. Spokane

The Wildcats find the formula to solve the Eagles’ vaunted defense and win 38-24 in the 3A state tournament.

Arlington players run onto the field before a 3A state playoff game against Mt. Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Arlington. (Nick Patterson / The Herald)
Glacier Peak's Joe Johnson and a coach react to losing to Bothell and being knocked out of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Glacier Peak blows big lead in crushing state loss to Bothell

The Grizzlies squander a 21-point lead and suffer a 49-35 season-ending loss in a 4A state opener.

Glacier Peak's Joe Johnson and a coach react to losing to Bothell and being knocked out of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Eastside Catholic's Samuel Burroughs sacks Stanwood's Michael Mascotti forcing a fumble with Eastside Catholic's Nehemiah Faleulu Friday night during the 3A playoff game at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 12, 2021.  Eastside Catholic led 28-6 at the half.          
(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Stanwood’s run comes to end with loss to Eastside Catholic

The Spartans earned an unexpected berth into state, but the magic ends with a 41-6 loss to the powerhouse Crusaders.

Eastside Catholic's Samuel Burroughs sacks Stanwood's Michael Mascotti forcing a fumble with Eastside Catholic's Nehemiah Faleulu Friday night during the 3A playoff game at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 12, 2021.  Eastside Catholic led 28-6 at the half.          
(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville-Pilchuck's Dylan Carson is tackled by multiple Arlington players during the game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Dominant defense keys Arlington’s run to 3A state playoffs

The Eagles enter the state playoffs with a suffocating defense that allows just 7.6 points per game.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Dylan Carson is tackled by multiple Arlington players during the game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Granite Falls' Riley Hoople celebrates his touchdown with his teammates during the game against South Whidbey on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tight-knit Granite Falls hopes to extend banner season

Led by a close group of seniors, the Tigers are in the state playoffs for the first time since 1990.

Granite Falls' Riley Hoople celebrates his touchdown with his teammates during the game against South Whidbey on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Glacier Peak's Konner Meyer, left, celebrates Glacier Peak's Caden Skibiel's interception and return for a touchdown Thursday evening at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell on September 16, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Glacier Peak's Konner Meyer, left, celebrates Glacier Peak's Caden Skibiel's interception and return for a touchdown Thursday evening at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell on September 16, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Stanwood running back Ryder Bumgarner turns the corner after evading a tackle attempt by Lincoln’s Drake Cranberry during the first quarter of a 3A winner-to-state playoff game at the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma on Nov. 5, 2021. (Pete Caster / The News Tribune)

Stanwood football aims to ‘shock the state’ again

The Spartans pulled off a massive upset over Lincoln to reach state and face No. 2 Eastside Catholic on Friday.

Stanwood running back Ryder Bumgarner turns the corner after evading a tackle attempt by Lincoln’s Drake Cranberry during the first quarter of a 3A winner-to-state playoff game at the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma on Nov. 5, 2021. (Pete Caster / The News Tribune)
Clockwise from top left: Zac Hereth, Cameron Van Til, Tom Lafferty and Steve Willits.

Prep football picks for Round 1 of the state tournaments

Our experts take a crack at picking the winners to this weekend’s local state football games.

Clockwise from top left: Zac Hereth, Cameron Van Til, Tom Lafferty and Steve Willits.
Marysville-Pilchuck's Dylan Carson runs the ball in for a touchdown during the annual Berry Bowl against Marysville Getchell on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Prep football leaders through Week 10

The top passers, rushers and receivers in the area.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Dylan Carson runs the ball in for a touchdown during the annual Berry Bowl against Marysville Getchell on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar (right) eludes a tackle on his way to a touchdown during a playoff game against Emerald Ridge on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner/Pro Action Image)

Even without star QB, Lake Stevens football keeps on rolling

Despite losing standout quarterback Grayson Murren to injury, the Vikings keep finding ways to win.

Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar (right) eludes a tackle on his way to a touchdown during a playoff game against Emerald Ridge on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner/Pro Action Image)
Max Gray of Arlington runs with the ball during a game with the Calanda Broncos. (Sergio Brunetti / Stockpix.it)

Arlington’s Gray sees world, lives dream in Swiss football league

Max Gray, a 2014 Arlington H.S. grad, has won 2 Swiss Bowls since joining the Calanda Broncos.

Max Gray of Arlington runs with the ball during a game with the Calanda Broncos. (Sergio Brunetti / Stockpix.it)
The Herald's prep football roundup. (Photo by Elaine Thompson)

Prep football roundup for Week 10

Prep football roundup for Week 10: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results and statistics, email sports@heraldnet.com) 4A WINNER TO STATE Glacier Peak 49, Skyline 21… Continue reading

The Herald's prep football roundup. (Photo by Elaine Thompson)