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Eagles look to improve on last year's record

 

Andrew Hines

Head Coach Greg Dailer gives some tips to his three quarterbacks, Campbell Hudson, left, Anthony Whitis, middle, and Caden Smith, right, at Arlington High School on Aug. 24.

A lot of people are wondering about the Arlington Eagles football team after they ended last year with an overall record of 7-3 (5-0 league) and the Wesco North title, but over the offseason the Eagles lost 25 seniors and all of the experience that goes along with that.

With such a young team, Arlington comes out this year looking to prove they can continue to win and pushing to make another run at a Wesco title.

"Our seniors that are leading us right now are Devon Nutter, he's an all-league returning running back, and Wyatt Hawthorne and Mason Bergley on defense. For the line we have Cristian Binder, Tristan Emery and David Botsford. Those are basically our seniors, a small group of seniors. It's actually the smallest group since I've been here, but they're looking great and helping the other guys along," said Arlington's Head Coach, Greg Dailer.

Andrew Hines

Arlington's Riley Smith reaches out for the catch during running back drills at Arlington High School on Aug. 24.

Devon Nutter will be a key component to the Arlington offense. With such a young core in the passing game, the Eagles will lean on Nutter following his strong campaign last year, racking up 748 all-purpose yards. On the defense, Mason Bergley will play a huge role as the man in the middle. Last year as a junior, in the Wesco North, he managed to place third in total sacks as well as finishing in the top 15 in tackles and interceptions.

"We're very good upfront on the line and very deep at running back. For the first time in a long time we are stronger in our running game than in our passing game. We have a junior quarterback who is coming along great and all junior receivers. We are trying to mix it up with both, but right now I think we are going to do well on the ground," said Coach Dailer. "As for our defense, we have incredible linebackers and a great secondary. We are working on our D-line right now because they're all brand new."

If you want to check out the Arlington Eagles, their first game will be played at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, at Arlington High School, against the Redmond Mustangs.

 

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