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Arlington Grizzlies fall to Kings


Andrew Hines

Derrick Lether swats away the touchdown throw for the Grizzlies against the Kings at Arlington High School on June 18.

The Arlington Grizzlies came into the June 18 game as underdogs as they matched up against defending Western Washington Football Alliance champions and undefeated Puyallup Nation Kings at Arlington High School. From the start of the game it didn't look good as the Kings came out with a quick score. The Kings would go on to score again and again on their way to a shutout victory over the Grizzlies with a final of 62-0.

"They blitzed us really good, we weren't picking up the blitzes and that was the main thing. Then our offense came out flat and continued to be flat throughout the game. Injuries plagued us with a lot of our key players. Then on defense we kept allowing the deep ball. This is the first game we've allowed more than 20 points and as I said, these guys are as advertised. Respect is earned and they got it," said Arlington Grizzlies Head Coach Mark Knapp.

The Grizzlies had trouble on both sides of the ball. Between turnovers and an inconsistent pass defense they allowed 44 points in the first half and 18 more in the second. Throughout the contest Arlington had three fumbles and three interceptions, two of which ended as pick sixes.

Andrew Hines

Shayne Noriega looks down field to throw for the Arlington Grizzlies at Arlington High School on June 18.

"Communication on both sides of the ball. That's our goal right now. We go right back to practice on Monday, figure out our breakdowns and fix them. That's all we can do. We have 55 guys on the roster and 10 waiting. Most first-year teams do not have the commitment, so we are fortunate that we have a lot of guys, and a lot of good players. I played for five years and this is my first year being retired. A lot of these guys played with me. I just want to show these guys that playing this game can still be great. This is the first, last, and only chance for some of these gentlemen," said Coach Knapp.

After this loss, Arlington now has a record of 2-3. If you want catch the Grizzlies' next game they will be playing the 4-1 Wenatchee Rams as they try to get their third win of the season. The matchup will be held at Arlington High School on June 25, at 6 p.m.


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