JV Tommies remain undefeated

M-P's Joey Navarro, left, runs the ball during their Oct. 1 matchup against Marysville Getchell, which ended in a 58-0 victory for the JV Tomahawks.
— image credit: Nichole J. Peterson

MARYSVILLE — The Tomahawks have held their own in post season football, but it's the junior varsity team that remains undefeated for their entire season.

The JV Tomahawks won seven games this season, usually with a sizable lead, completely shutting out more than half of their opponents.

"Everybody got to play and we played a lot of really good defense," said JV coach Ryan Gilbertson, who has been a part of the coaching staff at M-P for six seasons. "We are a young team all around, even for varsity, but despite that we have been playing really well."

The team started out their season with a 32-6 win over Lake Stevens on Sept. 10 and continued to dominate the rest of the games. JV Tomahawks beat Snohomish 24-8 on Sept. 17 and Shorewood 20-0 on Sept. 24. They followed up that shut-out with two more, beating local rival Marysville Getchell in an outstanding 58-0 matchup on Oct. 1 and the Stanwood Spartans 28-0 on Oct. 8.

Oak Harbor put up the most points in an Oct. 22 game that ended in a 34-17 victory for the Tommies, who followed up that game with another shut-out against Glacier Peak on Oct. 29, which ended in a 28-0 victory. The skill of their defense is apparent with a total of only 31 points scored by all of their opponents during the whole season.

"We played really good football," said Gilbertson. "There's a lot of guys who contributed throughout the season. Offensively, Joey Navarro and Killian Page did a great job. JJ Valencia was great on defense. Bryaden Hopstad was really good too. There was a lot of guys that did a good job, so it's hard to name just a few."

Overall, Gilbertson, a coach with 13 years of experience including with varsity teams, is proud of how this group of young athletes has come together throughout the year and how they support the varsity program.

"We didn't do anything fancy," said Gilbertson. "It was basic offense, basic defense, but executed really well. We have a good varsity team and a good JV team. It's been a really good season all around."

Marysville School District Athletic Director Greg Erickson is a strong believer in the junior varsity program.

"We value all of our JV programs, it's critical. It gives kids the opportunity to play when they don't get a lot of playing time at the varsity level," he said. "The most important thing is giving these kids the experience of playing football, regardless of what campus they're on, whether it's M-P or MG. And when you add success to the mix, it's just that much better."

The JV players are helping to support the varsity team, who are undefeated in league games, with a 4-0 record and an 8-2 record overall as they begin the state tournament. The date and location of the Tomahawks' next game was unknown as of press time.

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