A decisive third quarter proved to be the difference for Arlington in a game against Marysville Getchell Sept. 9 at Quil Ceda Stadium.
After being behind by one touchdown at half time, the Eagles came back to win 21-14.
“I was super-excited how we responded in the second half,” Arlington head coach Greg Dailer said. “We had to play with more discipline. We just got tougher.”
Marysville Getchell scored first. With around eight minutes remaining in the first quarter, quarterback Carter Schmidt found the end zone on a 52-yard run. After the kick was blocked, the Chargers were up 6-0.
“I think in the first half we came out firing on all cylinders,” Charger football coach Davis Lura said, adding the team controlled the ball for most of the first quarter. “That was kind of our game plan. We wanted to limit their offense.”
Arlington responded when Spencer Fischer caught a touchdown pass and, after the point after, the Eagles were on top 7-6.
Marysville Getchell took the lead in the second quarter when Schmidt ran for his second touchdown. After the two-point conversion succeeded, the Chargers were ahead 14-6.
“They came out and punched us in the mouth,” Dailer said. "Honestly, we were a little shell shocked.”
Arlington tied the game in the third quarter with a touchdown by Neil Carroll and Fischer added the go-ahead score later in the quarter.
“We made too many mistakes to win the ball game,” Lura said.
Dailer highlighted the efforts of Fischer, who scored two touchdowns, and defensive lineman Nolan Welch who had a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.
Lura mentioned the efforts of the Chargers’ offensive line.
“This is the best O-line we’ve had in our history,” Lura said. “They’re doing a good job getting Carter (Schmidt) open as a whole.”
Schmidt had around 200 yards rushing and an interception late in the second quarter.
After graduating 22 seniors from Arlington’s 2021 team that competed in the state tournament, the current squad is younger.
“We've got talent,” Dailer said. “They just have to mature fast.”
The Eagles are 2-0 after the win against Marysville Getchell and a come-from-behind win in their opening game against Kamiak.
Lura said the Chargers have a lot of seniors returning and the team has a lot of depth.
“Overall, this is one of the better teams at Getchell,” Lura said.
The Chargers are 0-2 heading to the Berry Bowl, Sept. 16, against Marysville Pilchuck which is 1-1.
“Anytime you play a rivalry game, you throw out the records,” Lura said. “We’re looking to have a good game with them. It should be a fun night.”