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Marysville Getchell returns to the gridiron

Members of the Marysville Getchell High School varsity football team rest while training for their upcoming season, which begins on Aug. 31. - Lauren Salcedo
Members of the Marysville Getchell High School varsity football team rest while training for their upcoming season, which begins on Aug. 31.
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MARYSVILLE — This month marks the beginning of Marysville Getchell High School’s second football season, and the Chargers have nowhere to go but up.

The Wesco 3A team spent their inaugural season on the losing end of every game, not an unexpected outcome for a brand new team with inexperienced players. Head Coach Davis Lura has high hopes for the team as they go into their first match-up against Mariner High School in an away game on Aug. 31.

“We basically returned our whole team,” said Lura. “Last year we had nobody with varsity experience.”

For Lura, it was his first year coaching the team and he began by teaching them the basics. “I spent a lot of time training them on the practices,” he said. “It was basically just our year to get used to everything.”

The team began their first week of training on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and are already pumped about the upcoming season. The players have already dedicated hours and hours to rigorous practice in preparation for their first game. “Right now we are just rehashing stuff that they already know and really working on fine-tuning their skills,” said Lura.

Two players returning for their second season with the Chargers are 2011 All-Wesco second team picks,  senior wide receiver Alexzander Seymer and senior outside linebacker Cody Stone.

“We try to preach that this is a team game,” said Lura. “If one player does well, it’s usually because of the efforts of the whole team.”

And the whole team is putting in a lot of effort for a season they are hoping will really pack a punch. “We are building everything up,” said Lura.

“Right now we are miles ahead of where we were last year. We have improved a lot and I expect us to be very competitive. And we’ll definitely be fun to watch.”

The Chargers play their first game against Mariner at Goddard Stadium, at 200 120th St. SW in Everett, on Aug. 31, beginning at 7 p.m.

 

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