Tomahawks sprint to playoff victory

Quarterback Zack Hanson runs over a would-be Graham-Kapowsin tackler. - Photo courtesy RaVon Portraits
Quarterback Zack Hanson runs over a would-be Graham-Kapowsin tackler.
— image credit: Photo courtesy RaVon Portraits

MARYSVILLE — The Tomahawks looked like a playoff veteran Nov. 7, executing their game plan perfectly en route to a 59-24 win.

After the game, however, the Marysville-Pilchuck players knew that they’d just ended the school’s 21-year playoff drought against Graham-Kapowsin in such a dominating way that more victories seem imminent.

“Absolutely,” said coach Brandon Carson when asked about the win providing a form of redemption. “Last year we left the field with a bitter taste in our mouth and this relieves that pressure.”

The Tomahawks lost to Issaquah in the preliminary round last season, ending hopes of a state championship early, as they entered the game the favorite on paper.

But nothing was left to chance this time around. The Tomahawks owned a 49-3 halftime lead by executing on offense and forcing turnovers on defense and special teams.

Not surprisingly, the scoring started with a pair of touchdown runs by Austin Denton. The senior fullback played just a little more than one quarter, but amassing 130 yards on nine carries. Denton led a M-P ground attack that scored six touchdowns from four different runners, including quarterback Zack Hanson.

“I know who I’m handing the ball off to,” Hanson remarked about his team’s misdirection on offense that utilizes fakes to a number of capable backs. “But sometimes I get caught up on the fake afterwards.”

Hanson ran for a 23-yard score to give the Tomahawks a 21-3 advantage to start a 35-point second quarter. Special teams took over for Marysville as Dane Widness recovered an onside kick giving the Tomahawks a short field and senior A.J. Kvangnes scored the first of his two touchdowns to finish the drive. Marysville’s defense, which allowed just 103 yards in the first half, hurried the Eagles’ punter into hitting a linedrive about 10 yards, right in the arms of Myles Tarran, who returned it 33 yards for a score. Marysville recovered another kickoff and blocked a field goal before the half ended. Also scoring a TD was Ryley Caldwell from 3 yards out.

“We took advantage of some great special teams plays,” Carson said. “Got some short fields and really kept our offense out on the field — that was the big thing.”

Overall, the Tomahawks ran for 381 yards on 41 carries.

“We like to spread the ball around and see who’s the better matchup and hitting holes,” Carson said.

The Tomahawks travel to No. 3-ranked Auburn Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, children and seniors.

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