Lakewood hosted the 12th Annual Cougars Championship Passing Tournament and Lineman Challenge on July 27.
The Lakewood Cougars and the Arlington Eagles were the two local teams that competed throughout the 7-on-7 tournament. Lakewood had a strong performance in the round-robin as they went 2-1 and finished 1-1 in bracket play. Arlington had a rough start to the day as they went 1-2 in the round-robin but also earned their way into the quarterfinals finishing 1-1 in the bracket.
“I love seeing the guys get out there and compete together, because that’s only going to help your team. It’s all about taking lessons from each game and taking advantage of the repetitions within the offense as we move into next season,” said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter.
The Cougars started off their day with a loss to the North Creek Jaguars, 24-7, but went on to beat the Kentwood Conks, 29-21, and the Oak Harbor Wildcats, 38-7. After the 2-1 start, Lakewood entered the Championship bracket as the sixth seed to take on the Inglemoor Vikings, who they defeated 28-7. After the first round they met the Jaguars once again in the quarterfinals. On the last play of the game the Cougars scored the game-tying touchdown but decided to go for the win, and after a controversial two-point conversion call, they lost 14-13.
Arlington had an up-and-down performance in the round robin as they lost to the Lake Stevens Vikings, 41-27, beat the Inglemoor Vikings, 30-10, and ended it with a loss to the Kings Knights, 39-21. After going 1-2 earlier in the day, the Eagles entered the Championship bracket as the tenth seed. They started off with a statement in the first round by beating the Kentwood Conks with a huge margin of 38-7. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to overcome the Bothell Cougars in the quarterfinals as they lost 45-21.
As for the Lineman Challenge, Arlington didn’t have anyone compete, but Lakewood was able to land in the top five in four out of six events. They placed fifth in the 185 pound bench press, third in both the 2-man sled push-and-pull and 6-man sled drive and first in the tire flip relay.
If you want to support the Eagles or the Cougars, they will be competing again this Fall as football season is right around the corner.