Christian Gasca scored four touchdowns — two on punt returns — as the Vikings (10-0) beat Heritage in a Class 4A state preliminary round game.
Gasca return a punt 83 yards after Heritage’s opening drive was halted.
Heritage (3-7) trailed 14-0 with about two minutes left to go in the second quarter when the game got a way from the Timberwolves.
Jake Nelson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Brady Pahukoa to give Lake Stevens a 21-0 lead. Then Gasca returned an interception 50 yards for a tocuhdown and later returned a punt 60 yards for another score. When Heritage was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone with 1.2 seconds left in the half, Lake Stevens led 37-0.
Heritage avoided the shutout with a 37-yard touchdown pass play from Joey Cooper to Rajheem Carrie in the fourth quarter.
LAKE STEVENS 44, HERITAGE 7
Heritage 0 0 0 7— 7
Lake Stevens 7 30 7 0—44
LS — Christian Gasca 83 punt return (Sellers kick)
LS — Jake Nelson 1 run (Sellers kick)
LS — Brady Pahukoa 14 pass from Nelson (Sellers kick)
LS — Gasca 50 interception return (Sellers kick)
LS — Gasca 60 punt return (Sellers kick)
LS — Safety, intentional ground in end zone
LS — Gasca 26 pass from Nelson (Sellers kick)
H — Rajheem Carrie 37 pass from Joey Cooper (Bailey Thomason kick)