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M-P grabs Homecoming win over Eagles


Andrew Hines

Arlington's Cooper Cummings outruns M-PHS defenders, Christian Snyder, left, and Justin Trueax, right, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 7.

It was Homecoming night on Oct. 7, for the Marysville-Pilchuck football team, as they took on the Arlington Eagles in a tough fought game.

Arlington scored first as they looked to be the favorites early on. With strong defensive play the Eagles managed to score twice and create a lead of 13-7 in the first half. However, the Tomahawks came out firing in the second with their seemingly unstoppable option run. With a consistent offensive game plan, and incredible play from Marysville-Pilchuck's defense, the Tomahawks came out of the game with a score of 21-13 over the Eagles.

"Those interceptions were huge, that was the football game right there. I don't know how many plays they ran there in the second half, but our offense came out of the second half with long sustained drives where we got a bunch of points. We did just enough to squeak one out," said Marysville-Pilchuck's Head Coach Brandon Carson.

Marysville-Pilchuck's quarterback, Kee-An Ballard, worked as the catalyst for the Tomahawks as he ran the option to perfection. By making the proper reads he was able to contribute on the ground with two rushing touchdowns. Trenton Hurst also contributed as he ran for a touchdown early in the second half.

On the defensive side the Tomahawks closed out the game off of a pair of interceptions that came in the last ten minutes of play. Royce Inthathirath grabbed the first pick of the game and Corbin Sims intercepted the game-clinching turnover in the last minute. Another key contributor was starting safety Justin Trueax as he displayed great coverage and an ability to find the ball, leading his team in tackles.

The Arlington Eagles were led by Gabe Green as he ran and passed effectively as a wildcat quarterback throughout the game. Green ended the contest with the Eagles' only two touchdowns. The first came off of a short yardage touchdown run, and the second was a 15 yard touchdown pass to Christian Waldal.

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Alexis Bundy, 2016 M-PHS Homecoming Queen, is escorted by her father Daryn Bundy at the Oct. 7 Homecoming football game.

"We're getting better and we showed a lot of character out there. We were more evenly matched than we thought. That's how it ended up, it just came down to a play or two. We tell our guys to keep fighting and learning from mistakes. We got the Stilly Cup at home next week so we will be fired up for that," said Arlington's Head Coach Greg Dailer.

If you want to attend Marysville-Pilchuck's next home game they will be going against the Puyallup Vikings on Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. That game will be part of a double header as Marysville Getchell plays the Squalicum Storm at 5 p.m. that same day.

However, if you want to catch Arlington's next home game, they will be competing against the Stanwood Spartans on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. This matchup will be for the coveted Stilly Cup, as Arlington looks to hold on to their title once again.


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