The Arlington football team matched up with the undefeated Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks for the 3A Wesco North Championship on Oct. 25.
The Tomahawks started off with the ball as they marched down the field before being stalled deep in Eagles’ territory. After a missed field goal attempt, Arlington got their first shot on offense as they ran a couple of plays before losing quarterback Cole Cramer to a leg injury. They managed to work their way down the field but ultimately ended up turning the ball over on downs. Marysville-Pilchuck slowly took the ball down the field, wearing down the Arlington defense behind their stable of running backs. With about 1:30 left in the quarter, the Tomahawks got on the board on a short run and established the 7-0 lead.
Marysville-Pilchuck continued to stay strong on defense in the second quarter, as they forced Arlington into a quick three-and-out. With the short field the Tomahawks scored another rushing touchdown going up 14-0. The Eagles wouldn’t lay down after falling behind, taking to the air and scoring on a 78-yard touchdown pass and closing the gap to 14-7. Unfortunately for Arlington, the Tomahawks owned the rest of the half, scoring two more rushing touchdowns and keeping the Eagles off the board. Marysville-Pilchuck walked into halftime up 28-7.
Three minutes into the second half the Tomahawks were able to score on the ground once again, as they extended their lead to 35-7. Arlington continued to go to their passing game and started to find some success as they moved the ball down the field, answering back on a short passing touchdown, 35-14. After their second score, the Eagles wouldn’t be able to find the end zone for the rest of the game as Marysville-Pilchuck continued to shut them down on defense. The Tomahawks found the end zone once more in the fourth quarter and took the victory 42-14. With the win, Marysville-Pilchuck took the 3A Wesco North Championship and finished the league schedule undefeated with a 6-0 record.
“Pilchuck is really good and they were the better team tonight. We’re looking forward to the crossover games and we’ll learn a lot from this film moving forward. We’ll prepare well and see if we can pull an upset,” said Arlington Head Coach Greg Dailer.
The Eagles were led by Trent Nobach, Joseph Schmidt, Chase Petersen and Jaden Roskelley. Nobach, sophomore quarterback, came into the game and threw 15 completions for 183 yards and two passing touchdowns. Schmidt, senior receiver, caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. Petersen, senior receiver, also had two receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown as well. Roskelley, junior running back, led Arlington on the ground with 12 carries for 75 yards.
“This is really special. You talk about your goals at the start of the year and winning a Wesco title is always one of the first ones we talk about. A lot of these guys were playing for us when we were 2-8 so it’s great to see them undefeated. Every week from here on out is a championship week, so we can enjoy this one tonight but we have to get back to working hard tomorrow,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Brandon Carson.
Marysville-Pilchuck relied on their three rotating running backs in Dylan Carson, Jay Gray and Jordan Justice alongside their quarterback Jake Elwood. Carson, sophomore, had 19 carries for 104 yards and an incredible three rushing touchdowns. Gray, junior, only had 10 carries but made the most of them with 112 yards, as well as one reception for 18 yards. Justice, senior, finished with 14 carries, two receptions, 73 all-purpose yards, one rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. Elwood, senior, went 5/5 passing for 26 yards along with six carries, 39 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown.
The Tomahawks defense was huge on creating turnovers behind the effort from Dillon Kuk, Michael McPherson and Zion Botelho. Kuk, senior cornerback, had a forced fumble as well as catching two passes and two carries for 21 combined yards on offense. Seniors McPherson, defensive end, and Botelho, linebacker, worked together with a forced fumble and fumble recovery respectively.
Arlington’s next home game will be their crossover matchup with the Meadowdale Mavericks on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Marysville-Pilchuck’s next game will be their crossover as well as they take on the Snohomish Panthers on the same day, starting at 8 p.m.