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Marysville Getchell hits the gridiron, falls to Lindbergh
RENTON — Lindbergh welcomed Marysville Getchell to the world of varsity football by beating the Chargers 40-0 Thursday night at Renton Memorial Stadium.
"I think we made a lot of mistakes but I think we also learned from those mistakes," said Marysville Getchell coach Davis Lura. "The score didn't turn out the way we wanted to, but we stayed positive."
The Chargers, playing the first football game in school history, struggled offensively in the first half and came up with just one first down.
"In the first half we were not quite synching together," Lura said. "I think it just took us a little while to settle down."
Lindbergh took a 7-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter when Daniel Wiitanen broke loose from a pack of tacklers and scrambled 61 yards for a score.
The Eagles struck with three more scores in the second quarter and entered the half with a 27-0 lead.
While the score doesn't show it, the Chargers made some positive plays on defense. Kaleb Seymer stopped Lindbergh's Cam Callen on the two-yard line on a fourth and goal, and Chase Kyzar recovered a fumble in the end zone to shut down another Lindbergh scoring threat.
Marysville Getchell also made adjustments at the half and improved offensively in the third quarter and marched on a couple of sustained drives.
"Those were big for us," Lura said. "Just being able to come into a game and having to change things quickly, for us to do that was huge."
Even while showing improvement later in the game, the Eagle defense overwhelmed the Chargers for the most part. The Chargers threw five intereceptions and lost a fumble, three of which were returned for touchdowns by Lindbergh. But Marysville Getchell didn't get down mentally.
"They didn't hang their heads," Lura said. "They stayed positive, even after the game."
Lindbergh coach Pat O'Grady came away impressed with the way the Chargers held up against stiff competition - Lindbergh has been to state three years straight and is a favorite in the Seamount League again.
"They played us really hard and kept it a game for quite a while," O'Grady said. "They've got a good foundation built there and they'll do well."
O'Grady also sympathized with some of the Chargers' difficulties starting from scratch.
"I know the struggles that we have and we're an established program," O'Grady said. "Their coaching staff over there they're starting from ground zero. While that's got to be exciting, you know there's going to be some growing pains along the way."
The score may not have exactly as the team wanted, Lura said the most important thing is that the Chargers continued to play hard.
"I was confident our kids would play hard, and that's the only thing that was important," he said. "Obviously as a coach you want to win a ball game, but to me it's more meaningful that the kids play hard and lose than win and not play hard."