EVERETT — Friday the 13th lived up to its unlucky reputation for the Marysville Getchell Chargers, who fell victim to a number of mistakes that helped lead the Kamiak Knights to a 49-7 victory.
“First of all, Kamiak is a great team and I know we had a test in our hands,” said head coach Davis Lura. “I was a little disappointed with how we played, but we just need to improve and make changes during practice.”
Despite the errors that led to offensive turnovers for the Chargers, the defense managed to recover Kamiak fumbles and kept the Knights’ running back Austin Hall at bay on several plays.
“Our defense played well, we just turned the ball over too much,” said Lura. “Our special teams didn’t play the way I expected. Nothing against Kamiak, but if you clear up the turnovers and clean up our special teams’ issues — it’s a 17-7 game at that point.”
The game started out on a tough note for Marysville Getchell when Kamiak’s Thomas Batie returned the kickoff for an 85-yard touchdown.
In the first quarter, a fumble was returned for a 5-yard touchdown by Jared Pexton, giving the Knights a 14-0 lead going in to the second quarter. A 33-yard run by Kamiak’s Hall put the Knights up 21-0.
MG’s Kaleb Seymer caught an 8-yard pass from Taylor Koellmer in the second quarter for the Chargers’ only touchdown.
“I thought the defense played well enough that if we were taking care of other stuff, we would have had a different outcome,” said Lura. “Wil Owens and Kaleb Seymer played very well on both sides of the ball.”
Owens led the offense with 43 rushing yards.
“We just need to quit getting the bad bounces and putting ourselves in bad situations,” said Lura. “We had turnovers and offensive fumbles, and if we take that away we will compete with anybody. If we keep doing that, we’ll keep having the bad results.”
The Chargers face Shorewood at home on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.
“This is our third year and we won our season opener for the first time,” said Lura. “It was another factor — we didn’t know how to react. We still have some learning to go through as a program here at Marysville Getchell and we’ll take it one game at a time.”