M-P star eyes being the next ‘Austin Joyner’

MARYSVILLE — Sophomore running back Ray Pimentell has big shoes to fill, but he hopes to become the "next Austin Joyner."

Ray Pimentel looks forward to being the 'next Austin Joyner.' With five touchdowns scored

MARYSVILLE — Sophomore running back Ray Pimentell has big shoes to fill, but he hopes to become the “next Austin Joyner.”

“[Joyner] was the best running back in the state. I’m not sure how you replace him,” Pimentel said. “I feel if I keep working harder, then I can have that chance to be the new Austin Joyner.”

He rushed for three touchdowns against Stanwood Sept. 25, when he led the Tomahawks to a 36-29 league win. He rushed 11 yards for his first touchdown, followed by two single yarders. As a result, he is the Marysville Globe-Arlington Times Athlete of the Week.

“I feel like that was one of my better games, out of all them, not because I rushed for three touchdowns, but I just thought overall I played better,” he said.

Other than maybe better executing his play fakes, Pimentel did what was necessary to give M-P the win, he said.

“It may not have turned out as well as we thought it would — we thought we would’ve blown them out — but they gave us a good game,” he said. “We didn’t stop playing when they caught back up. We always kept fighting.”

The 5-foot-8, 150-pound running back took his first snap on the varsity squad in M-P’s debut game against Kamiak Sept. 4, when he recorded his first touchdown.

“It was my very first varsity game, and I got the privilege to start as a sophomore so that makes me feel really good,” he said.

He wasn’t able to score the last two games, but was happy to break that dry-spell Saturday.

His goals now are to try and score at least a touchdown every game as well as rushing 80 yards a game.

Also nominated for Athlete of the Week was Haley Senyitko, who recorded a hat trick against Sultan Sept. 26, paving the way for a 5-1 victory for the Cougars.

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