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WIAA state quarterfinal roundup: Dylan Carson's 427 yards power No. 5 Marysville-Pilchuck past No. 4 Yelm


Dylan Carson’s offensive line paved openings for him all day at Yelm High school. 

There weren’t many he didn’t hit. 

The senior running back rushed for a career-high 427 yards and five touchdowns to lead 5-seed Marysville-Pilchuck to a 39-21 win over 4-seed Yelm on Saturday afternoon, sending his school to just its third state semifinal appearance in school history and leaving his coach — and dad — near-speechless.

“Dylan was absolutely phenomenal today,” head coach Brandon Carson said of his star running back, who is also his son. “He busted a couple big ones, got some tough yards.”


Yelm running back Brayden Platt tied the game at 14-14 midway through the second quarter with a 15-yard touchdown run and ensuing two-point conversion. Platt became eligible for the game Monday after winning an appeal stemming from a first round ejection.

But the Tornados high-octane spread offense couldn’t match Dylan Carson and Marysville-Pilchuck’s slot-T offense, who had an answer for each Yelm touchdown.

Dylan Carson’s fourth and fifth touchdowns — 90 yards and another a 53-yard burst up the middle — put Pilchuck up 39-21 with just over seven minutes left. An interception on the next served as the proverbial nail in the coffin. 

“Defensively we did a good job of keeping everything in front of us,” Brandon Carson said.

Yelm, which was undefeated entering Saturday’s contest, is set to return the bulk of its core next year. 

Marysville-Pilchuck will face top-seeded Bellevue, which beat Rainier Beach Friday night, next Saturday in the 3A state semifinals — a clash of similar styles, the Wolverines running the old-school wing-T.

“Just to get one more week with this senior group, it’s a special, special crew,” Brandon Carson said, standing outside a raucous postgame locker room. “You never want practice to end and here we are, in the final four.


(Photo by Lee Hamilton)