(Jake Luton 6-6 Jr. QB Marysville-Pilchuk)
For the better part of the past 10 years, the Marysville-Pilchuck football program has been a model of consistency, spending quite a bit of time at the top of the Wesco 4A conference. Last year they fell victim to the injury bug and wound up 5-5 losing in the first round of the playoffs to Mountlake Terrace 28-7. This year, the Tomahawks hope to stay healthy and leading their offensive attack this fall will be junior QB Jake Luton.
Last year, starting for the first time as a sophomore, Luton put up solid numbers in the Tomohawks’ Wing-T offense, completing over 55% of his passes for 860 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 100 yards and four touchdowns.
At 6’6″ and 212 pounds, Luton is the perfect trigger-man for MP’s new offensive attack.
“We ran a lot of Wing-T up until last year and then as the season went along, with all of our injuries, we started to run more spread and that’s where we’re sorta headed in that direction,” Luton told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I won’t be doing a lot of running. I will let the running backs do that.
“If we can stay healthy this year, I think we have the team to make a run at things and then anything can happen. I’m pretty excited to get started. With all of our injuries, things didn’t really go how we wanted them to, but this year I think we have the team to do some things.”
Because he’s only a junior, Luton is merely and infant in the recruiting process, but with his performances at several caps this summer he’s got several schools at least interested in finding out more about him. He’s been filling out questionnaires in what little free time he had this summer.
“I’ve gotten information and questionnaires from Cal, Washington State, Boise State, BYU, Nebraska, Tennessee, Duke, Dartmouth and North Dakota so far,” Luton noted. “I know it’s really early and I need to get out and get it done this fall, but more than anything I want to win and lead our team to a state championship. That’s one of my biggest goals — to get a ring before I leave.
“Personally, my biggest goals are to be the best leader I can be this year and be as complete of a quarterback as I can. I’ve been studying a lot of film and I want to be as perfect as I can be.”
Luton and the rest of his teammates begin their season on August 31st with a home game against Arlington.