After mission to Haiti, MG star has mission to take team to playoffs

MARYSVILLE — Marysville Getchell senior John Clark is big and fast. That’s why the 6-foot-4, 250-pound, two-time second team All-Wesco defensive end is getting eyed by some Pac-12 universities, along with the fact that he can play tight end and tackle on offense, too.

Marysville Getchell defensive end John Clark is being looked at by Pac 12 universities. But first he wants to lead his team to the state playoffs in high school.

MARYSVILLE — Marysville Getchell senior John Clark is big and fast.

That’s why the 6-foot-4, 250-pound, two-time second team All-Wesco defensive end is getting eyed by some Pac-12 universities, along with the fact that he can play tight end and tackle on offense, too.

Schools like Washington State and Eastern Washington are looking to use Clark’s defensive abilities.

“He’s a big body that can move,” MG head coach Davis Lura said. “He’s talented because he can play a lot of different positions.”

Clark’s goal this season is to help his team make it to the state playoffs.

“We have the potential,” he said. “We’ll be doing our best on defense and individually.”

But he’s got a big heart as well.

In his freshman and sophomore year, Clark went on a mission trip to Haiti, even missing some of his baseball season in 2013.

“It was an awesome experience,” he said. “I’d do it again if I had the chance.”

As defensive end, Clark has specialized in pass rushing and containing the outside.

“I’ve been blessed with the size and speed,” he said. “I was blessed with the tools, and it’s up to me to do what I have to do with them.”

Clark runs the 40-yard dash in 4.86 seconds.

Clark has been with MG’s football program since its inception four years ago, playing as a freshman.

He now shares the field with 14 other seniors.

“We’re really close now as seniors,” he said. “It’s really awesome.”

“You can form close friends with teammates, and that’s pretty cool,” he said. “One of the reasons I love the games is bonds.”

Clark wants to study pre-med when he commits to a university.


Looking ahead


Lakeside at MG

The Chargers will face Lakeside at home Friday, Sept. 19. Lakeside is 1-0, starting it’ season defeating Mission High School 45-14 Sept. 6.

MG played Jackson Sept. 12 but the results were too late for deadline. Go to for results Sept. 13.

O’Dea at M-P

Marysville-Pilchuck plays the defending Metro League champions O’Dea Friday, Sept. 19. O’Dea went 12-1 last year and started its season with a 44-7 win over Vancouver Collegiate Sept. 5.

O’Dea has Myles Gaskin at running back, who rushed for 2,000 yards last season and had two touchdowns in his last game. O’Dea will also bring wide receiver Mikel Owens, who also had two touchdowns last week.

M-P played Lake Stevens Sept. 12 but results were too late for deadline.

Lakewood at A-M

The Lakewood Cougars take the gridiron at Archbishop Murphy Friday, Sept 19. Archbishop Murphy defeated Garfield 41-15 Sept. 5 with running back Kerry Jackson scoring three touchdowns and running 229 yards.

Lakewood played Lynden Sept. 12 but results happened after deadline.

Eastside at Arlington

The Arlington Eagles will battle Eastside Catholic at home Friday, Sept. 12.

Eastside Catholic is coming off a loss to Alemany 31-14 Sept. 9.

Eastside running back Dominique Fetui and wide receiver Devon Arbis-Jackson scored a touchdown each in their last game.

Arlington played Snohomish Sept. 12 but results were after deadline.


Looking back

MG 25, Auburn 21

Marysville Getchell scored 22 points in the final quarter to pull out a 25-21 win at Auburn Riverside Sept. 6. Quarterback Tayor Koellmer threw a 26-yard pass to Colton Cordon with less than a minute left for the win.

Sophomore Collin Montez tallied the other two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on runs of 21 and 5 yards. Koellmer passed to Brett Engelman for a two-point conversion and Devon Green connected on a 37-yard field goal.

M-P 41, Kamiak 15

Marysville-Pilchuck started its season defeating Kamiak 41-15 Sept. 5. Austin Joyner scored two touchdowns in the first half. Killian Page and Hunter Trueax added touchdowns for M-P in the second half.

Liberty 27, Lakewood 22

Lakewood started its season with a home loss to Liberty 27-22 Sept. 5. Blake Watts passed for scores to Josh Dickey and Matt Seiber and Palmer Gregory ran for a 68-yard score, but Liberty scored with 1:03 left to win the game.

Arlington 41, Cascade 27

Arlington defeated Cascade 41-27 Sept. 5. Alex Hayward took a kickoff 99 yards for one score and also had an 8-yard TD for Arlington. Kyle Smith added a 52-yard run.


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