Henry Jarvis rushed for 135 yards on just eight carries.
MARYSVILLE — Around these parts, there’s a description that gets tagged to any long, winding run with a couple of emphatic broken tackles.
But late in the second quarter of Eastside Catholic’s 65-34 victory against Marysville-Pilchuck on Saturday, when the game was still up for grabs, a run unfolded that fell perfectly under the Beast Mode umbrella.
Eastside Catholic running back Henry Jarvis took a handoff up the middle, broke a couple of tackles, bounced outside, broke a couple more tackles and then finally stiff-armed a defender for an 80-yard touchdown run.
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Along the way, he broke at least six tackles, including pulling away from the same defender twice on the run.
“He’s a big sucker,” Eastside Catholic coach Jeremy Thielbahr said. “He’s hard to bring down. And they were calling him Beast Mode after that one. It was that sort of run.”
From there, Jarvis and No. 3 Eastside Catholic (12-0) rolled and will now travel across the state to take on University from Spokane in the state semifinals.
Jarvis rushed for 135 yards on just eight carries and had two touchdowns.
Quarterback Trey Reynolds completed 7 of 13 passes for 110 yards while also rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
And the Crusaders’ defense once again spent an evening harassing an offense, shutting off Marysville-Pilchuck’s potent rushing attack.
“We just have guys who swing the hammer, guys who are blue collar,” Thielbahr said. “We’re not soft about anything we do in practice. We’re not soft about anything we do on defense or offense. It’s all about striking viciously.”
No. 10 Marysville-Pilchuck (9-3) actually struck the first blow Saturday when Austin Joyner scored on a 73-yard touchdown run. But from then on, Eastside Catholic started asserting control.
The Crusaders rattled off 38 consecutive points, including a fumble return for a touchdown by Moni Ioane and a 21-yard field goal by Jacob Gai.
Eastside Catholic rushed for more than 300 yards as the Crusaders scored more than 60 points for the second consecutive week.
“We’ve had some games on offense where we haven’t played up to our potential,” Thielbahr said. “But I feel like we were able to put some things together.”
Marysville-Pilchuck couldn’t get much going after Joyner’s run, but the bright spot for the Tomahawks was Joyner, who rushed for 119 yards and crossed the 2,000-yard mark for the season.
Other than that, Eastside Catholic had its way.