Arlington High School’s football team scored 35 unanswered points in the second half against Mariner High School to win 50-21 on April 1. The win during the season finale pushed the Eagles to 2-3.
The Eagles got on the board first during a high-scoring first quarter when Levi Younger returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown. Both teams combined to score five touchdowns in the first quarter.
“It was a wild first quarter,” Arlington Head Coach Greg Dailer said.
The Marauders scored two touchdowns of 46 yards and 24 yards, as well as a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown. Arlington’s Ryan Gese scored on a 59-yard run. The score after the first quarter saw Arlington trail Mariner 15-21.
“We struggled to put it into the end zone,” Dailer said of the first half. The Eagles gave up three interceptions on three trips to the red zone.
The third quarter saw Arlington score 21 points. Quarterback Michael Tsoukalas ran for an 8-yard touchdown. He also threw two touchdown passes to Younger. The first pass was 27 yards, and the second pass was 11 yards.
Arlington put 14 more points on the board in the fourth quarter. Andrew Brotherton caught an 11-yard pass from Tsoukalas and Gese had a 26-yard run.
Tsoukalis, who started the season as the Eagles starting tight end, finished Thursday’s game 132 yards on 9-16 passing with two touchdowns, and 91 yards on 13 rushes with an additional rushing touchdown. He is also the starting linebacker and kicker.
“He doesn’t leave the field,” Dailer said. He added that Tsoukalas stepped up to play quarterback when the Eagles’ starting quarterback was injured during the first game of the season. Dailer said it was great to see Tsoukalas, who is a senior, have success at quarterback during the final game of the season.
Gese rushed for 142 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns and Younger had four catches for 72 yards, two receiving touchdowns and one punt return for a touchdown.
Dailer also noted the efforts on defense of Andrew Brotherton, who had an interception and the work of Luke Brown.
Dailer complimented the efforts of the offensive line. The team lost five starters from the previous year’s line. This year’s group was younger and inexperienced. He said they improved throughout the year from game one to game five.