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September 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Inside the matchup: Marysville-Pilchuck vs. O’Dea

The big game of the week, and one of the biggest nonconference ones of the year, takes place tonight as No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck travels to face No. 2 O’Dea.

You can read about the matchup here. For more quotes read below.

– Marysville-Pilchuck running back/cornerback Austin Joyner”

On the enormity of the game: “We’re not treating it like a big game. It’s not in league so it doesn’t even work for us, like the playoffs or anything like that.”

On if it’s hard to not see it as a big game: “For me it is, but the coaches, it’s a little easier for them to do because they’re not really worried as much about it. It’s still a big game for us. Of course you want to win every game … once we get into league play, then they’ll be taking everything extremely serious. That’s the next step, getting to a championship game. Then, if we played O’Dea again in the playoffs, then it would be way higher of a game on their list. For me, it’s still a pretty high game because I’m just excited to play them.”

On timing of the game: “You want to play good teams a little bit later in the season, too, like before playoffs. To get ready for playoffs. But this is like prepping us for the regular season, to get to playoffs. So then, our intensity level is just higher and we’re just ready for anything.”

– O’Dea lineman David Ledbetter:

On the game: “We’ve been looking forward to this game all year, but obviously it’s here now and we’re all focused, all in. We’re just game-planning and stressing the game plan, and going to go out and fight.”

On how it can help the team: “It will help expose if we have any weaknesses on defense, on offense. It will help see where we need tuneup for regular-season games. It will help show where we excel at so we can continue to use that as one of our weapons.”

On Joyner: “This guy’s one of the best backs in the state, it’s obvious. He shows it on film. If we can really shut him down, or slow down their offense, I think we can slow down anybody.”

– O’Dea coach Brandon Carson

On approach to the game: “We’re trying to treat it as, we want to improve upon week to week. That’s the team of the week.”

On early-season tests: “Last week was a good test for us [against Lake Stevens], this will be a good test for us. different style, but they’ve been in the final four the last few years. good team, well coached, believe in their system and they’re really, really good at it.”

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