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FINAL: Lake Stevens 48 Garfield 21, Lake QB Kolton Matson’s SIX TDs lead the way.
Viking QB Kolton Matson was 18/20 for 232 yards and 3TD at halftime in this matchup of two of the states best teams and signal callers.
Pick and preview below, and check out our feature on Lake vs Garfield from earlier in the week.
Lake Stevens 41 Garfield 21 7:06 4Q
TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. Kolton Matson hits Twin 1 Jaxson Lewis that’s three TDs for the twins and SIX passing TDs for the state’s top QB. Garfield picks up a personal foul for nailing Lewis after the score. It’s 41-21 Lake Stevens over Garfield (who predicted that?) with 706 4Q
Lake Stevens 34 Garfield 21 end 3Q
Matson to Lee video here: https://x.com/425kev/status/1697826420955996285?s=46&t=pMtjV4g2JxZ8o9FVo1tB8A
Lake Stevens 27 Garfield 21 223 3Q
Touchdown Garfield. 1 yard run after the Matson interception. it’s 27-21 2:08 3Q Lake Stevens now just up by six after a massive swing in momentum over the last two minutes.
Lake Stevens 27 Garfield 14 345 3Q
Reggie Witherspoon answers for the Bulldogs, he breaks off a 60+ yard run making it Lake Stevens 27 Garfield 14 3:45 3Q. Garfield has SPEEED. Below is the latest Lake Stevens score which made it 27-7.
Lake Stevens 27 Garfield 7 3Q
Kolton Matson to Jesse Lewis makes it 27-7 6:08 3Q. Lake Stevens leads Garfield by three scores. Matson’s 4th Lewis’ 2nd. Garfield players snapping at each other during that long long drive delayed by multiple
Garfield 68 yard TD 13-7 1039 2Q
Matson to Brown 46 yards 13-0 Video: https://x.com/425kev/status/1697799656095560105?s=46&t=pMtjV4g2JxZ8o9FVo1tB8A
Kolton Matson to Jesse Lewis 52 yards video: https://x.com/425kev/status/1697795305520140524?s=46&t=pMtjV4g2JxZ8o9FVo1tB8A
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Garfield Bulldogs at Lake Stevens Vikings: Pick and Preview
The 3A Garfield Bulldogs will arrive in Lake Stevens today a confident bunch. They dispatched the Vikings 26-16 a year ago this week, handing the 4A champs their only in-state loss. Garfield is led by a pair of Cal-commits in QB EJ Caminong (2024) and WR Rahshawn Clark (2024). Lake is familiar with Clark from the Federal Way win last year (his previous team) and both of the Berkeley-bound talents are FSP performers, so Vikings who also train with Tracy Ford like Kolton Matson, Jayshon Limar and Keegan Howard will be well acquainted with Garfield’s stars.
That said, playing in Lake Stevens is a different beast than playing at home. And while home games that occur before school begins are typically a little less roudy, the atmosphere should be electric as the defending champs open their season. Last year at this time, J425 predicted the loss to Garfield - the vibe wasn’t right.
We don’t feel the same this year. The Vikings are coming off rigorous spring and fall camps — and they’ve emerged injury free. Look for a coming out party for Lake’s emerging new leadership committee. Captains today are QB Kolton Matson, the rising junior entering his third year at the helm of Tom Tri’s offense and MLB/RT Mason Turner. Matson is the best QB in his class (2025) and Turner, a senior, is an All State candidate at LB, matching 6’3 245 size with amazing burst and suddenness. LT/DL Bryce Slezak and SS/WR Gabe Kylany are the permanent captains and both provide steady, rock-solid experienced leadership. Lake’s X-factor is rising junior Jayshon Limar, the 6’1 210-pound RB/DB who will wear the #17 and start in place of his all-world brother Jayden, who is expected to get carries for the Oregon Ducks tomorrow. Jayshon was injured last year but has had an excellent summer. The multi-talented 2025 performer holds at least eight major college scholarship offers. He’s a star in the making.
The Pick: We like Lake Stevens to notch the victory 42-21 tonight as Eric Dinwiddie’s defense gets after the Metro guests, causing a few turnovers and turning those into points. Look for Kolton Matson to open his junior campaign with 3 TDs, at least one on the ground. Keep an eye on Lake’s new placekicker - he’s got leg enough to send the pigskin through from 50, but it probably won’t come to that.
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