The Arlington football team entered league play against last year's WESCO North 3A Champion Squalicum Storm on Sept. 13.
The first couple of possessions for both teams ended with each of them stalling out and being forced to punt. After punting their first possession, the Eagles put together a quick drive through the air that put them up on the board, 6-0, near the end of the first quarter. The Storm tried to tie it up as they marched down the field but ended up turning the ball over near the Eagles’ goal line. In the second quarter the Arlington offense began to stall as their only score came on a pick-six. With time winding down, the Eagles led 12-0 but Squalicum managed to get on the board with a few seconds left to go into halftime down 12-7.
In the second half Arlington found their stride as they shut down the Storm with strong defensive stands including another pick-six near the end of the third quarter. The Eagles also began to find the balance with their running game as they scored two touchdowns on the ground. With an incredible performance in the half, Arlington walked away with the 33-7 victory and a 1-0 record in the Division.
“We had a lot of chances to learn and grow throughout this game and still managed to come out with the win. Last year Squalicum was WESCO Champs and we want to be WESCO Champs this year, so it all started with beating them,” said Arlington Head Coach Greg Dailer.
On the offensive end, Arlington was led by their sophomores Jacob Kramer, Trent Nobach and Gage Price. Kramer, running back, finished the game with 78 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and over 50 return yards. Nobach, quarterback, had a few rough drives in the first half but ended the game with 129 yards and a passing touchdown. Price, receiver, had the only receiving touchdown and 47 receiving yards.
The defensive unit had playmakers all over the field including Cade Younger, Cole Cramer, Andrew Brotherton, Hunter Eastman and Quintin Yon-Wagner. Younger, senior cornerback, finished the game with three tackles and a 95-yard interception returned for a touchdown. Cramer, junior cornerback and kicker, put up three PATs, 5 tackles and a 15-yard pick six. Brotherton, junior cornerback, grabbed the final interception for the Eagles and also added on six tackles. Sophomores Eastman and Yon-Wagner combined for a total of 20 tackles, two tackles for loss and two pass deflections.
“It was really nice to see us play so disciplined tonight and be able to eliminate those turnovers in the second half. After two big wins to start the year we have a lot of confidence, but I think it’ll be my job to make sure that we stay humble and keep working hard,” said Coach Dailer.
The Eagles will be on the road for the next two weeks, and their next home game will be against the Marysville Getchell Chargers on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.