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Marysville Getchell hits the gridiron
MARYSVILLE — Last season Davis Lura coached football at West Seattle High School which has been around since 1902. In April he joined a team that has never even taken a varsity snap when he signed on as the Marysville Getchell football coach.
On Saturday, July 30, he brought a portion of his newish offensive and defensive personnel to the Lakewood Passing and O-Line Challenge, a 7-on-7 scrimmage.
Although Marysville Getchell went winless, the camp proved to be helpful for Lura’s eager team.
“This was a super way to get our guys out there and play against different teams,” Lura said. “I think the biggest difference for the guys is the vocabulary. It’s one thing to run plays against each other, but it’s entirely different against other teams. They had to act and react quickly. This is a great event and each team here will benefit greatly.”
The Chargers began the competition with a 41-0 loss to Wesco powerhouse Kamiak. They also suffered losses to Glacier Peak 38-14, Juanita 48-14, Coupeville 8-6, and to Sultan 17-14, in the consolation round.
“It’s just an honor being here,” Lura said. “I am so excited, not just for me, but for the kids. They are making history. So it’s important for us to give it our all. This is our first season and we want to make a good impression.”
For starting quarterback Dylan Diedrich, suiting up for the Chargers is an opportunity for him to show off his passing ability. Last season, the 6-foot, 3-inch Diedrich played in a limited role as backup quarterback for Marysville-Pilchuck. But M-P is known for its running game and Diedrich is a throwing quarterback, so he opted for the Chargers, who will be a throw-first type of team.
“I am so excited to play for Getchell,” Diedrich said. “We will have an open offense so I will be able to show that I can throw the ball.”
Although there wasn’t a large contingent of Marysville Getchell students at the Lakewood event, it was clear that there was great interest from other teams’ coaches and curious bystanders.
“I graduated from M-P and I have lived in Marysville all my life,” Marysville-Pilchuck graduate Adam Freeman said. “So it is weird to see a new Marysville team. It will be interesting to see how they do.”
Marysville Getchell is a Class 3A team and at least for one more season, M-P will be 4A.
“This season is the start of a new culture,” Lura said. “We have nothing to lose, but a whole lot to gain.”