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Eagles fall to Bonney Lake, 33-21


Sarah Lane

Arlington senior defensive back Ryley Nelson, right, makes a tackle on Friday, Nov. 6, at their home playoff game at John C. Larson Stadium.

Arlington faced a tough loss on Friday night as their season and chance to advance to the state playoffs came to end. Bonney Lake took the win and advanced on Friday, Nov. 7, winning 33-21. In the end, it was Bonney Lake's fourth quarter push that resulted with three touchdowns and a strong defense to keep the lead, which ended Arlington's season and chance at state playoffs.

Both teams battled for the win, and the score was neck and neck for the majority of the game. Bonney Lake had the first touchdown opportunity of the game, and was within yards of the end zone when Arlington senior Parker Spady intercepted a pass. Spady made a 97-yard run for the first touchdown of the evening. Bonney Lake's Ethen Koepke came back with a touchdown, but Arlington blocked the kick and ended the first quarter up by one.

Arlington maintained the lead in the second quarter with a touchdown by Kyle Bayer, who caught a 17-yard pass from senior quarterback Andrew Kalahar. Marcus Hamilton came back with another touchdown for Bonney Lake, but Arlington's defensive line blocked their run attempt for two points, and Arlington lead 14-12 at halftime.

Neither team was able to get through each other's defensive lines, and the score stayed at 14-12 throughout the third quarter. The game was won for Bonney Lake in the fourth quarter. Arlington's defense lost their momentum and was unable to shutdown Bonney Lake's offense, who had three touchdowns.

In the end, Arlington's offense was unable to secure first downs, and turnovers to Bonney Lake gave their opponent the opportunity to take the lead. Ethen Koepke of Bonney Lake lead his team to the victory after scoring his second, third, and fourth touchdowns of the evening in the fourth quarter. Arlington had a late attempt on closing in on the score with Donavan Sellgren's long catch from Kalahar.

Arlington's season ended with a 7-3 overall record. Although their season ended short of state playoffs, the team was able to win the Wesco 3A North title.


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