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Lakewood hosts annual passing tournament

 

Andrew Hines

Dylan Simmons, Arlington senior receiver, burns the Lincoln coverage as he takes it to the house on the first play at Lakewood High School on July 28.

Lakewood High School hosted the 2018 Cougars Championship Passing Tournament on July 28, which is one of the largest 7-on-7 tournaments in the Pacific Northwest.

The two local teams in the tournament were the hosting Cougars and the Arlington Eagles. Both found some success throughout the day as the Cougars went 0-3 in the round robin, but went 2-0 in consolation. The Eagles had a strong outing in the round robin, going 2-1, and then finished their day in the quarterfinals as a top-eight team.

"On the coaching end of it we had some trouble early on, which wasn't defeating, but more frustrating than anything else. The guys battled later in the day and put together a couple of really good performances, so you have to be happy with that. As for the hosting it, I would have to say thank you to all the volunteers, officials and team moms who made it all possible," said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter.

The Cougars had a rough start to their day as they lost all three games in the round robin section of the tournament. They started off with a close loss to Mount Vernon, 17-14, then a high scoring game to Bethel, 49-28, and finally fell to Hazen by a score of 28-17.

After going 0-3, Lakewood was put into the consolation bracket and found a lot of success. Battling back on the day, the Cougars defeated the King's Knights and the New Westminster Hyacks to close out the consolation games.

The Cougars' linemen also competed in their own events where they tied for fifth place out of seven teams.

Andrew Hines

photo BY Andrew Hines Lakewood quarterback Jared Taylor throws a bullet into the flats against Hazen at Lakewood High School on July 28.

"The tournament is a great tool for the kids who haven't had the time on the field or who are stepping into big roles this year. We had an advantage with a senior quarterback and other seniors that grew a lot. I think it'll be huge for those guys to pass down that knowledge heading into the year," said Arlington's Wide Receivers Coach Markkus Ellis.

The Eagles started off hot as they won their first two games of the day by commanding scores. They opened up the tournament with a 19-8 victory over Glacier Peak and then dominated Bellingham by a score of 39-7. Finally, they lost their last game in the round robin, 52-35 to Lincoln.

Heading into the playoffs, Arlington was seeded seventh and faced the tenth-ranked Mercer Island Islanders. The Eagles had a tough matchup the entire game but were able to edge out the seven-point victory by a score of 42-35. Unfortunately, they were unable to secure the win in the quarterfinals as they lost to second-seeded Lake Stevens, 42-17.

With summer practices just around the corner, both teams are gearing up for strong seasons on the gridiron.

 

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