MARYSVILLE — Following the Marysville Getchell loss to Mountlake Terrace, Marysville-Pilchuck fought Glacier Peak at Quil Ceda Stadium on Oct. 26, in a close battle ending in a 49-40 loss for the Tomahawks.
Austin Joyner scored the first touchdown of the night, rushing 50 yards for the only Marysville scoring play in the first quarter, while Glacier Peak followed up with a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
In the second quarter, it was the Grizzlies who put the first score on the board, but they were quickly followed up with another rushing touchdown from Joyner. The Grizzlies then scored again on a 33-yard pass from quarterback Chris Beccera.
The Tomahawks looked good going into halftime with a 23-yard rushing touchdown from Kacey Walker and another 5-yard touchdown from Hunter Trueax, bringing them into the lead at 27-21.
Injuries and tension-fueled mistakes helped the Grizzlies’ defense stop the first offensive drives of the third quarter, while GP’s offense managed three touchdowns.
“We had our chances on the defensive side of the ball, but couldn’t seem to get a stop defensively,” said head coach Brandon Carson.
The Tomahawks fought hard, as Walker scored another touchdown, this time rushing for 56 yards, and quarterback Jake Luton ran in a 67-yard touchdown.
“Kacey Walker came up huge for us,” said Carson. “Jake Luton had a big time run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave us a chance to tie the game up.”
But a final Glacier Peak score by Michael Palmer clinched the Grizzlies’ victory at the end of the second half.
“Offensively we need to continue on the same path we have been on lately,” said Carson. “We have played fairly well on that side of the ball as of late. Defensively we are going to need to be disciplined and do a great job of reading our keys.”
M-P is still in the playoffs, facing Mountain View at home on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.