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Eagles' Mamas fall to Spartan Moms 9-6

 

Andrew Hines

Arlington's Ricki Clark uses the stiff arm as she outruns two Stanwood defenders at Arlington High School on June 29.

The Arlington Eagles' Mamas Powder Puff football team took on the Stanwood Spartan Moms on June 29.

Throughout the first quarter both teams had trouble moving the ball on offense as each defense stood tall and limited yardage. Late in the quarter, Arlington turned the ball over with an interception on their own 10-yard line. Stanwood capitalized on the turnover and score on a 10-yard run with 1:42 left, but the PAT was no good.

In the second quarter, the Eagles' Mamas put more pressure on the Spartan Moms and absolutely dominated on the defensive end. On offense, Arlington was able to push the ball over the 50-yard line but could not score. Heading into the second half, Stanwood claimed a 6-0 lead.

As the second half started both teams had trouble holding onto the ball as they piled up turnover after turnover early on. Neither team was able to push the ball into the red zone throughout the third quarter.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Eagles' Mamas forced a turnover and began their drive. With multiple fourth-down conversions on the drive, Arlington moved into the red zone with less than two minutes left in regulation. With a hurry-up offense the Eagles' Mamas ran one last play with two seconds on the clock as they pushed the ball in from the one-yard line and tied up the game. With a failed two-point conversion, both teams geared up for overtime.

Neither team scored in the first sudden-death overtime, which forced a second overtime starting at the 10-yard line. Arlington failed to score on their attempt and Stanwood finished the game with a walk-off field goal. The Spartan Moms walked away with the 9-6 victory and the Stilly Cup.

"This is a great team and next season we just need more time to really know the plays and be on the same page. I think we need diversity on the field, which starts with knowing the basics and then adding new plays as we go," said first-year Arlington Running back Ricki Clark.

On the offensive end, Clark led all running backs with a total of 75 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown for the Eagles' Mamas. She also contributed with a sack, fumble recovery and a tackle.

Another big offensive weapon was Nicole Thornton who rushed for 60 yards. Thornton also added on a sack and a big interception in the first overtime to keep the game tied against the Spartan Moms.

"Defense is vital to the game. Offense scores touchdowns, defense runs the game and defense wins the game. My girls stood up, held the line and we pushed them back. We got a late start this year, so next year we will be better, we'll take the cup and we'll polish the cup," said Arlington defensive end Rozalynn Boehm.

Andrew Hines

Dannial Aschenbrenner runs upfield on the opening kick return against the Stanwood Spartan Moms at Arlington High School on June 29.

On the defensive end, Boehm was a destructive force as she led the team in tackles with eight, as well as tallying two tackles for loss, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a sack. Alisha Tiland also played a big part on the defense as she had two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

"I am so proud of these women and I am cloud nine when it comes to their performance from beginning to end. We are breaking new ground and when you go to overtime you never know what's going to happen," said Arlington Head Coach Laren Boehm.

After this game the Eagles' Mamas officially raised thousands of dollars that will be going to scholarships for the youth football and cheerleading programs. For another year they will not have to turn away any child who wants to compete.

This game will be the last game of the season for the Arlington Eagles' Mamas, so keep a look out for next year as they will be keeping information posted on the Facebook page, "Arlington Eagles' Mamas".

 

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