Something’s going to give Saturday at Husky Stadium in the 2A state title game.
Tumwater lines up with a defense that has allowed three touchdowns just twice this season, and is giving up under 12 points per game in the playoffs.
This weekend, though, they’ll face by far their toughest challenge, in an Anacortes offense that has put up points at will just about all fall.
“They’re fast,” Tumwater coach Willie Garrow said. “Really fast. Their skill kids are the real deal.”
The arsenal is led by the Seahawks’ star twins, Brock and Brady Beaner, both of whom are listed as three-star recruits by 247sports as juniors.
Brock Beaner takes the reps as Anacortes’ workhorse tailback, with 1,075 rushing yards this fall and 17 touchdowns. Brady is a bit more versatile, with 699 receiving yards, 461 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns.
But focus on containing those two, like Enumclaw did last weekend in the state semifinals, and Rylin Lang will go off; the junior caught three touchdowns in a 34-20 win over the Hornets to bring his season total to 12, and has 627 receiving yards on the season.
Orchestrating it all is quarterback Rex Larson, who has thrown for 2,399 yards on a completion clip over 76%.
“He spins it about as well as anybody we’ve seen,” Garrow said. “He throws a really good deep ball.”
Last week against Enumcaw, the Seahawks scored on five of their first six possessions — all on Larson passing touchdowns — before draining the clock on their seventh to end the game.
Saturday won’t just be Anacortes’ first time playing in a state title game. The Seahawks didn’t even field a team in 2019 due to a lack of interest, before this year’s current crop of seniors came in and helped begin a massive turnaround. In the four seasons since — including the COVID winter season — Anacortes has gone 32-6.
“There’s a reason they’re in the game,” Garrow said. “They’re good.”