Each week, SBLive sends correspondents to cover the most compelling games across the state of Washington.
This week was no exception.
Friday, we saw Squalicum outlast surging Sedro-Woolley for one of two tightly-contested 2A Northwest Conference postseason bids. We witnessed the strength of schedule warriors at Camas hold off No. 1 Tumwater (2A) on the road in a matchup between two reigning state champions. We were there to see No. 8 Eastlake downed Mount Si to plant its flag among the top of the 4A KingCo. Eastside Catholic used a late punt return to down electric Rainier Beach. And No. 1 Bellevue kept to its winning ways.
And on Saturday, No. 1 Graham-Kapowsin (4A) showed no signs of slowing in a 41-14 win over No. 5 Sumner and Jackson Esary showed why he’s the most feared player in 2B with a 58-6 dismantling of Onalaska.
Those were just the tip of the iceberg.
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Let’s take a look at five more intriguing results from Week 7:
Trent Nobach, Arlington shock No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck
There may not have been a hotter team in the state of Washington over the past few weeks than No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck, coming off six consecutive blowouts — the most recent two being drubbings of Top 10 opponents.
Arlington hopped up to a three-touchdown lead at half and held one of the state’s most potent offenses to 246 total yards (233 rushing) to beat Marysville-Pilchuck 28-14 on Friday night at Arlington High School.
The Eagles move to 6-1, drawing even with Pilchuck and Ferndale, and muddying a 3A Wesco picture M-P appeared poised to claim for its own.
“So overwhelmed, so happy for these guys,” Arlington coach Greg Dailer told KRKO’s Steve Willits after the game. “Our defense played unbelievable. We knew how good we were on D and we knew this was a big test for us. We just fund out how good we are on defense … just a great win for us.”
Eagles (6-1) quarterback Trent Nobach overcame two early interceptions to finish with 244 passing yards, completing 18 of 26 attempts with two touchdowns.
Dylan Carson scored both of Pilchuck’s touchdowns on runs of 19 and four yards. But MP struggled to move the ball out of its Wing-T offense against a disciplined Eagles front led by Quinten Yon Wagner.
“Unbeliveable,” Dailer said to KRKO. “They were so disciplined, and we’ve been harping on that for years with this group. Two years ago they were sophomores and Marysville kicked the piss out of us. … now they’ve grown, matured, they see it and they’re flying to the football. It’s just so much fun to watch.”
Carson evened the game at 7-7 with a 19-yard touchdown in early in the second quarter. Arlington rallied off three touchdowns, including a 41-yard Nobach pass to Elijah Jackson over the top of three defenders and a 74-yard run by RJ Gese, to take a 28-7 lead into halftime.
Carson’s four-yard touchdown run brought Pilchuck within two touchdowns with 2:03 left in the third quarter, but Arlington’s defense held firm.
Dailer reckons the win over Pilchuck, a legitimate 3A contender, is among the program’s best, ranking closely alongside the Eagles’ momentous upset of Kentwood in the state playoffs in 2012 and its last win over Lake Stevens (the Vikings haven’t lost a league game since).
Arlington’s win leaves three one-loss teams tied atop the 3A Wesco standings with one week of the regular season left. The tiebreaker, Dialer told the radio station, was decided by a random draw and gives Ferndale the top seed, followed by Arlington and Marysville-Pilchuck.
Defenses drive 1A Northeast showdown: Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 6, Riverside 0
The battle of unbeaten teams atop the 1A Northeast League turned into a defensive slugfest.
Sophomore Sadahiro Patterson scored three-yard third quarter touchdown run and grabbed two interceptions on defense to lift Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) to a 6-0 win over Riverside in a Friday night.
But it was the Eagles’ defense that ruled the night, turning the Rams (6-1) over five times, capped by a game-sealing interception by senior Peyton Pergl to halt a surging Riverside.
There were seven total turnovers between the teams.
“Just a total team win,” Lakeside coach Devin Bauer said. “Everyone contributed and made plays when they had to.”
After Lakeside missed a field goal, Riverside got the ball back on its own 35 with 2:30 left, setting up Patterson’s pick on a shot downfield.
Patterson shouldered the load in the backfield after starting running back and middle linebacker Jesse James left with an injury on the second play of the game. He was the most productive player on the field in Chattaroy, Wash., finishing with a game-high 79 rushing yards on 13 carries.
“If I knew we’d hold them to six points, I would have never thought we would have lost the game,” Riverside coach Buddy Wood said. “I was a little surprised by the score. It just was not our night.”
It’s the first time the Rams have been shut out since 2018, whe
n it lost 35-0 to Colville.
Lakeside takes sole possession of first place with two games left in the regular season.
Moses Lake holds off Sunnyside to muck up 4A CBBN
Two years after the program went 0-10, Moses Lake finds itself at the top of the Big 9 under first-year coach Brett Jay.
That’s after it beat a fellow unbeaten league opponent in dramatic fashion on Friday.
Brock Clark punched in a one-yard run with 11 seconds left and Sergio Guzman converted the ensuing two-point conversion to lift Moses Lake (4-3) to a 23-22 win over Sunnyside (5-2).
The game-winning efforts capped a 60-yard Moses Lake drive that ate up the final three minutes of game clock and was aided by three Sunnyside penalties.
“It felt really good, to be honest,” Jay said. “Just shows our kid’s character. Multiple times we could have quit, but we didn’t. I was really proud of that.”
Among the plays called back in the final minutes was a game-altering Sunnyside pick-six that was blown dead by a controversial late hit call against the Grizzlies.
“We’re upset about it,” Sunnyside coach John Lobbestael said. “We’ve looked at the film. We don’t think it was a late hit.”
Sunnyside stopped Moses Lake on five of its six red zone trips in the first half.
So when Moses Lake entered halftime up 7-6, Jay switched his offense from a spread to pack two tight ends, full backs. It changed the course of the game, allowing Moses Lake to move the ball slowly, but effectively.
“We just weren’t executing,” Jay said. “So we wanted to see what it looked like against hem, and sure enough we started moving the ball.”
And Moses Lake effectively ate clock in the second half, until it went 60 yards in the final 3:20 to set up the final scoring drive.
For Moses Lake, the win gives it a winning record, which is remarkable, considering its nonleague schedule included 4A KingCo powers Bothell and Woodinville. Jay, previously the head coach at Hanford, took over after the condensed spring season.
“Coming in, I knew there were a lot of good things in place, and a really good group of kids,” Jay said. “We knew it was there, but we didn’t realize how quick we could get going. Once we realized how cacheable the kids are, we just got after it.”
Added Jay: “We definitely know who we (are) after this game.”
Puyallup downs Emerald Ridge in 2OT in battle of ex-classroom buddies
Brian Grout and Adam Schakel have know each other around the Puyallup School District for a long time.
They even taught in the same classroom pod.
And they were in the pressure cooker together Friday night at Sparks Stadium.
When it was all said and done — after two overtimes — Grout’s Puyallup Vikings eked out a 24-21 victory over Schakel’s Emerald Ridge squad.
After the Vikings recovered a fumble to start the second extra session, Luke Faccone won it with his 26-yard field goal.
Afterward, Grout applauded the “resiliency, grit, dexterity … and being ready for those moments” with his players.
Emerald Ridge had a chance to win it at the end of the first overtime, but its short field goal was a low liner that hit in the back of a scrum of players at the line of scrimmage.
Faccone did not miss when it was his turn.
“I have a ton of faith in him,” Grout said. “He played varsity basketball as a freshman. Nerves don’t seem to play a factor.”
Jordan Dwyer had 14 catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the Puyallup win.
Disabled Raymond-South Bend junior hauls in touchdown
An otherwise lopsided 61-21 Napavine win was highlighted by a moment of sportsmanship between the two sides on Friday night.
Raymond junior Colby Branham ran a 55-yard touchdown. Branham, who lives with a disability, took a handoff up the middle and exploded down the right side for a score.
“It was a nice run,” Napavine coach Josh Fay said. “The kid is fast. Hopefully it made (his) day. It was a neat moment.”
The Tigers (7-0) remain unblemished in the vaunted Central 2B league; Raymond falls to 1-6.