The Arlington football team played their 2019 Homecoming game as they took on the Marysville Getchell Chargers in a back-and-forth battle on Oct. 4.
The Eagles started off with the ball and immediately ran into some trouble as the Chargers forced them to fourth down quickly. With an aggressive call to run a fake punt-pass they converted for a first down and began to march down the field. They looked like they were going to score, when Marysville Getchell grabbed the momentum with an interception in the end zone. Arlington’s defense stood strong as they forced a punt and got their offense back on the field. The Eagles began to attack more on the ground and were able to put up the first points of the game, going up 7-0 near the end of the first quarter. After a few tough drives in the second quarter, neither team was able to find the end zone as they entered halftime with Arlington ahead 7-0.
The Chargers came out strong to open the second half as they owned time of possession with a 10-minute drive. They capped off the drive with a short run to tie up the game at 7-7. With little time left in the quarter the Eagles weren’t able to do much before the fourth.
In the final quarter of the game, Arlington began to make huge plays through the air and secured the lead once again with a big 22-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-7. The Eagles stalled the Chargers offense as they were forced to punt with four minutes left. Marysville Getchell flipped the script over the next two minutes as Arlington punted it right back. The Chargers went on a quick run as they scored through the air with 1:24 left on the clock. They decided to go for the win rather than the tie but failed to convert the two-point conversion. In the end, the Eagles walked away with the narrow victory 14-13.
“I don’t think we came out focused enough or ready to go with all of the distractions around, which Homecoming can do sometimes. We need to close our potential gap, focus on us and we can find a lot of success through the rest of the year,” said Arlington Head Coach Greg Dailer.
The Arlington offense was led by Trent Nobach, Joseph Schmidt, Cade Younger and Jaden Roskelley. Nobach, sophomore quarterback, threw for 144 yards and also added to the scoreboard with a passing touchdown. The Eagles senior receivers Schmidt, four receptions for 39 yards, and Younger, six receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown, led the receiving corps. Roskelley, junior running back, had six carries for 46 yards with a rushing touchdown.
On the defensive end the Eagles linebacker corps stepped up huge. Cole Cramer, junior, had a tackle for loss and also subbed in at quarterback for 48 passing yards. Quintin Yon Wagner, sophomore, and Michael Tsoukalas, junior, combined to lead the team in tackles to go with four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Their other two senior linebackers Kirahy Meyers and Luke Green also found their way on the stat sheet with a combined three tackles for loss.
“We challenged the kids to come out here and buy into what we’re doing, and they did that. I’m super proud of them and they challenged one of the best teams in WESCO. We’re not going to lay down and we’ll be fighting every game,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Davis Lura.
Josiah Koellmer, junior quarterback, led the Chargers' offense and made an impact on the ground and through the air. He racked up 130 passing yards and 44 rushing yards to go along with both a passing and rushing touchdown.
Marysville Getchell has a roster of players who play both ways including Landyn Olson, Cheron Smith and Max White. Olson, junior receiver and defensive back, caught four passes for 66 yards and also grabbed a key interception. Smith, junior fullback and linebacker, had 18 carries for 58 yards and also led the Chargers in tackles. White, senior tight end and linebacker, had two catches for 21 yards, a receiving touchdown and a pass deflection.
If you want to come out and watch the Eagles, their next home game will be against the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. The Chargers next home game will also be against the Tomahawks as they match up with their cross-town rivals on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.