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October 10, 2008 at 11:32 PM

Tomahawks dominate Lake Stevens 28-0

Nearly everyone expected Marysville-Pilchuck vs. Lake Stevens to be a close game. If anything, the home-team Vikings might’ve been slight favorite on homecoming night against the tenth-ranked Tomahawks. (I picked Lake Stevens 38-35 — oops!)

But few expected a blowout in this battle of the WesCo North leaders.

Led by a dominant defense, M-P throttled the Vikings 28-0 in a complete team effort. Lake Stevens came into the gave averaging 40 points a game and hadn’t scored less than 35 all season. In truth, the Vikings never came that close to scoring; their best chance came in a 37-yard FG attempt at the end of the first half that missed wide.

The Tomahawks defensively line — led by Brennen Steinbaugh — harassed Lake Stevens gunslinger Nick Baker all night. Baker who had two interceptions and zero touchdowns, did a great job to only be sacked twice. He constantly had to dip, duck and dive away from onrushing defenders. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Andy Abadam-led M-P pass coverage, which also made numerous plays on the ball to prevent completions.

Poor snaps didn’t help Baker or the offense either.

When asked if his team has surprised him so far, M-P coach Brandon Carson had a smile that said all but yes, before a perfect coach-speak answer about getting better every week.

In a surprising development to everyone in the pressbox, on Friday Lake Stevens even had the services of Bo Dickinson for the first time in three weeks. Dickinson, who broke two vertebrae in an earlier game, had an expected recovery time of 3-10 weeks. So he came back as soon as possible. The senior running-back had 60 yards on the ground in the first half but rolled his ankle on his second touch in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field.

Dickinson (who emphatically told another reporter that he’d be back next week) never returned and his replacement fumbled a couple plays later, which led to M-P third touchdown.

In the second half, the Tomahawks run game manhandled the LS defense. Austin Denton had 115 of his 175 in the second half and M-P had a 13-play, 81-yard drive (all on the ground) to seal the game at the end.

The win puts M-P in the driver’s seat for a playoff berth. The Tomahawks are 4-0 in the WesCo North and have head-to-head wins over both second-place teams — Lake Stevens and Snohomish at 2-1. M-P’s two remaining league opponents, Monroe and Oak Harbor, are 1-6 in league play.

So reading between the lines, this was a huge win for the Tomahawks. They could be playing deep into November after such a performance.

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