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Originally published October 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM | Page modified October 25, 2014 at 12:33 AM

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Football rival offers up division title to Marysville-Pilchuck High

Oak Harbor High School extends offer of the division football title to its rival as show of support after Pilchuck’s deadly shooting.


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Oak Harbor High offered Marysville-Pilchuck the WesCo 3A North division football title Friday evening, and later players from Oak Harbor’s team traveled to Marysville to show support after Friday’s deadly shooting.

The teams had been set to play Friday night. But all athletic events in the Marysville School District were canceled after a student at Marysville-Pilchuck killed one person and wounded four others before turning the gun on himself Friday morning.

“As some of you may know, tonight was supposed to be our high-school football playoff game between Marysville-Pilchuck High School and Oak Harbor High School. We have received word from Oak Harbor high-school-school district that their high school has offered to take second place in these playoffs,” Marysville superintendent Becky Berg wrote Friday.

“We also understand other teams around the league will wear red and white in support of Marysville-Pilchuck High School.”

Oak Harbor players followed up on their gesture by attending a Pilchuck football team meeting late Friday.

Pilchuck players thought the action was tremendous.

“It meant the world to us,” said senior Sebastian Navarro. “They have class.”

Oak Harbor sophomore Princeton Lollar Jr. posted a photo on Twitter of players from his team with the Pilchuck players and said that standings don’t matter in the bigger picture.

“All heart and respect to these guys! 1st or 2nd who cares! We’re all in this together, as 1, and 1 family,” he wrote.

On high-school-football fields around the state Friday night, there were moments of silence for Marysville-Pilchuck and handwritten signs encouraging the community to stay strong.

Some students dressed in red, white and black, Pilchuck’s colors. The pro-sports teams in Seattle also offered encouraging words.

Pilchuck is set to play Meadowdale at home next Friday, and Oak Harbor also has a home game, but the opponent has yet to be decided.

“It’s not all about football, but it’s about habits of the heart,” Berg said. “What our kids learned went far beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, and this will be a great lesson.”



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