MARYSVILLE – The Charger defense was charged up Friday night.
Marysville Getchell’s defense turned Stanwood into a one-dimensional offense in blanking the Spartans 16-0.
It was the team’s first win since 2015, ending a 13-game Wesco losing streak. And it was the first shutout in the school’s eight-year football history.
“It (was) just a bunch of pressure on everybody, and we’re just relieved that it’s not there anymore,” Chargers coach Davis Lura said. “It’s huge. We can all relax a little bit.”
The visitors just could not get a running game going at all against MG’s stalwart defensive line, forcing the Spartans to pass, which the defensive backfield also was able to limit Stanwood’s success.
On offense, MG moved the ball well on the ground and in the air.
In the first quarter, senior running back Ryan King caught a ball from senior quarterback Caleb Koellmer out in the flat, broke a tackle then raced 54 yards for the score. The extra point ws blocked to make it 6-0. King actually fumbled the ball after the catch, but scooped it up and ran for the score.
In the second period, Koellmer hit junior receiver Garrett Devereaux for a 30-yard gain, taking the ball 4 yards from paydirt. But the Chargers came up empty after a short run, a penalty and a QB sack. A short field goal attempt was blocked to end the half.
In the second half Koellmer and King connected again on a 27-yard TD play on third and long.
“Ryan was the last read on that play, and Caleb rolled out and threw across his body when Ryan broke away,” Lura said.
The winners also got a short field goal by Cameron Hazelwood.
Koellmer passed for 243 yards hitting on 17 of 30 throws. He also ran 15 times for 115 yards for 358 yards in total offense.
King caught four passes for 69 yards.
Lura credited his defense for blanking Stanwood.
“We kept them out of the red zone and made more big plays then they did. Once we kicked the field goal, they had to change their game plan to throw a little bit more, and we were able to get more pressure on the quarterback and take advantage of that,” he said.
In other games, Marysville-Pilchuck was blanked by Oak Harbor 28-0, and Arlington lost to Squalicum 42-21.
Oak Harbor controlled the line of scrimmage and time of possessionin its victory.
The Wildcats limited the Tomahawks to 161 yards of total offense and 127 rushing yards on 34 carries after Marysville Pilchuck ran for nearly 600 yards in its season-opening win over Snohomish.
Trenton Hurst finished with 56 yards on 12 rushes for M-P.