Prep football: Tough first half leads to 49-0 defeat for Royals against M-P

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For the second straight week, the Lynnwood Royals dug an early hole for themselves.

Unlike last week, where they mounted a valiant second half effort and nearly pulled off a comeback win against Ballard, the Royals were unable to get anything going against the Tomahawks. The visiting team from Marysville-Pilchuck bulldozed Lynnwood early, taking a 42-0 lead into halftime, and ultimately won the game 49-0 in the Royals first home game of the season at Edmonds Stadium.

Marysville-Pilchuck took the opening kickoff and drove down the field where running back Trenton Hurst powered in from two yards out for the touchdown, capping the 80-yard drive to give the Tomahawks an early 7-0 lead with 9:53 remaining in the first quarter. Lynnwood would manage a drive to the Tomahawk 22-yard line only to have Oscar Nunez miss a 38-yard field goal. Later in the quarter, Hurst would add a matching 2-yard touchdown run with 1:03 remaining in the first quarter, giving the Tomahawks a 14-0 lead.

To begin the second quarter, the two teams exchanged scoreless possessions, and then that’s when the wheels would come off for the Royals. Marysville-Pilchuck scored again with 7:55 remaining in the quarter, when quarterback Kee-An Ballard scrambled in for an 8-yard touchdown on a broken play. Lynnwood then fumbled the ball on the subsequent drive, only to have Tomahawks sophomore, Jordan Justice scoop up the loose ball and scamper ten yards for the score to increase the lead to 28-0.

The Tomahawk defense then forced Lynnwood to go four-and-out and punt the ball back to them. That drive would culminate in a 36-yard pass from Ballard to Justice, to stretch the visiting team’s lead to 35-0 with 3:00 minutes to play in the half.

Lynnwood took possession after the kickoff, and on back-to-back plays, they would lose two of their starters to injuries: Running back Connor Bjornson and receiver David Weitkamp. That drive stalled on a miscue on a punt attempt and the Tomahawks took over on the Royals 23-yard line looking to score again before the half with 1:19 remaining in the quarter. On fourth and goal from the Lynnwood 6-yard line, quarterback Kee-An Ballard ran to his left and collided violently with Lynnwood linebacker Matthew Leis at the goal line, just breaking the plane for the Tomahawks fourth touchdown of the quarter. Leis would also leave the game for the Royals with an apparent injury on the play.

The second half of play started under the “Running Clock” rule that dictates that once a team amasses a lead of forty or more points, the clock remains running. It will only stop for official’s time outs, charged team time outs, time between quarters or a score.

As a result, Lynnwood would only manage five total possessions in the second half. The last of which saw them penetrate to the Tomahawk 5-yard line, but once again they turned the ball over on downs. Marysville-Pilchuck would add one more score, coming with 3:09 left in the game when Junior running back, Isaiah Galindo broke two tackles, and miraculously kept his balance after a third hit, only to leap into the end zone for the seventh and final Tomahawk touchdown.

“We approach each week the same way. Of course we have to change some things, and get back to the drawing board. We just gotta execute out there. A lot of this stuff is new for a lot of these guys. We’re playing a lot of sophomores. Some of these games will be a learning experience for them.” Lynnwood head coach Keauntea Bankhead explained. “It’s nothing we haven’t been through before, and these guys will keep their heads up. We lost a couple of our key starters, but that’s part of the game. We can’t let that dictate the rest of our season. We’ll come back tomorrow morning, and we’ll be ready to go next week.”

Lynnwood (0-2) will next play on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. when they travel to Veterans Memorial Stadium and take on the Snohomish Panthers (1-1) who beat this Marysville-Pilchuck team 38-22 in week one of this season.

Prep Football: Marysville-Pilchuck vs. Lynnwood, Sept. 8

Lynnwood                      0    0    0    0 — 0

Marysville-Pilchuck         14  28   0    7 — 49

First Quarter

9:53 — Trenton Hurst (Pilchuck) 2-yard TD run; PAT kick good

1:03 — Trenton Hurst (Pilchuck) 2-yard TD run; PAT kick good

Second Quarter

7:55 — Kee-An Ballard (Pilchuck) 8-yard run; PAT kick good

6:48 — Jordan Justice (Pilchuck) 10-yard TD fumble return; PAT kick good

3:00 — Kee-An Ballard (Pilchuck) 36-yard TD pass to Jordan Justice; PAT kick good

0:43 — Kee-An Ballard (Pilchuck) 7-yard TD run; PAT kick good

Fourth Quarter

3:09 — Isaiah Galindo (Pilchuck) 13-yard TD run; PAT kick good

Records

Lynnwood 0-0 in Wesco 3A South League, 0-2 overall; Marysvill-Pilchuck 0-0 in Wesco 3A North , 1-1 overall

Lynnwood next game: Lynnwood versus Snohomish, Friday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Snohomish

–Story and photos by Scott Williams

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