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Bears win Marysville versus Marysville title game
LAKE STEVENS The Marysville Bears and Marysville Bruins clashed in the Snohomish County Youth Football Leagues championship game, capping a 1-2-3 finish by Marysville teams in the 18-team league.
The Bears won 26-13 to take the junior division title in a Nov. 10 game on the Lake Stevens High School turf.
The Marysville Kodiaks, whose loss to the Bruins put them in the consolation match, beat the Monroe Bearcats to earn the bronze. Marysvilles fourth team, the Grizzlies, also made the eight-team playoff cut.
The Bears and Bruins traded scores in the first half, playing to a 13-13 halftime tie. Both teams coaches credited the Bruins unusual single-wing offense for confusing the Bears defense in the first half.
According to Bruins head coach Dan White, the quarterback-less offensive scheme was introduced last year and began to pay off for the team in its second year.
We did that because when we looked at the kids we had last year, we didnt really have a quarterback, he said, explaining that the center snaps the ball to one of several kids, all of whom wear a list of plays on their wrists. So instead of trying to make a quarterback, we played to the strength of our team, which was a lot of big, physical kids that could run the football.
The offense has the added advantage of confusing a defense that doesnt know which player gets the snap.
Bears coach Mark McDougall countered with a gap defense in the second half, managing to hold the Bruins to a scoreless second half.
About five minutes into the second half, the Bears got what was to be their game-winning score as Eneliko Tevaga found the end zone. Quarterback Cris Becerra connected with Beau Wells for the extra point in this league, kicks are worth two points, and passes are worth one putting the Bears up 20-13.
Running back Jordan Woodin got around the right side of the Bruins defense, streaking down for his second touchdown of the game with 5:42 left in the last quarter, but Woodin failed to complete the pass to receiver Kyle Nobach for the extra point.
Though it was the Bears last score of the game, they prevented the Bruins from putting together any last-minute drives with picks by Tevaga and Nobach to close the game.
Both coaches have been with their team for six seasons, and have coached a core of the same players up from flag and peewee teams.
Said White, who also coaches the Marysville Wolverines arena team, Mark and I came into youth football at the same time six years ago. It was rewarding for me. If I had to lose to anybody in that game, Im glad it was him.