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Arlington falls to Squalicum 55-27

 

Andrew Hines

Arlington's Anthony Whitis throws the ball down field as he is pressured by the Squalicum defensive end at Arlington High School on Oct. 27.

The undefeated Squalicum Storm football team walked onto Arlington's home field as the favorites on Oct. 27.

After forcing a big turnover on Squalicum's first drive, the Eagles looked like they had a chance to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year. However, even with the Storm's miscues, their defense was too much and Arlington had trouble scoring. After falling behind by a big margin in the first three quarters, the backups played the rest of the way, and the Eagles lost with a score of 55-27.

"I thought we played really well. We're a young team. We played with those guys for a while and I'm really proud of our kids. They are a really explosive team and a lot of teams in our conference, they have already clocked them before half time. So, I'm proud of the way our kids are playing. We should have beat Oak Harbor, should have beat M-P, but I'm happy with how our team has come together," said Arlington Head Coach Greg Dailer.

Andrew Hines

Arlington's Anthony Whitis throws the ball down field as he is pressured by the Squalicum defensive end at Arlington High School on Oct. 27.

On the offense, Anthony Whitis started at quarterback and contributed by passing for the Eagles' only touchdown in the first half. Griffin Gardoski caught the 10-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter and gave the Eagles hope. Arlington didn't score again until sophomore runningback Tallen Williams ran back a 95-yard kick return touchdown. Williams later ran for a 26-yard rushing touchdown as well. Finally, when the second unit came in, sophomore quarterback Caden Smith found an open lane and ran for a 53-yard rushing touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, the trio of defenders Cameron McCormack, Ryan Pettit and Bodie Williams took over with turnovers. McCormack ignited the defense by picking up the first fumble recovery of the night. Pettit contributed with the second fumble recovery and rose above his receiver for a big-time interception late in the game. Finally, Williams dominated on the defensive line as he forced the final fumble of the game and tallied up a sack for the Arlington defense.

"Our younger class is loaded with talent. So, when we get our young guys and their young guys out there, our young guys are just better. Our seniors have been doing a great job leading us all year, while the young ones are getting that experience. We are excited about that big sophomore group performing those big plays," said Coach Dailer.

 

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