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Eagles claim Stilly Cup in 59-0 rout
STANWOOD — Arlington football fans wanted Eagle Power against rival Stanwood in the Stilly Cup on Oct. 7.
“We’ve got spirit, yes we do” became “We’ve got points, how about you?” after a first half in which Arlington scored 53 points on the way to routing Stanwood 59-0 to win their second straight Stilly Cup and secure the widest margin of victory in Stilly Cup history.
“We’ve wanted this game since last year,” said Arlington’s Greg Dailer, winner of back-to-back Cup wins after starting 0-2 in the series as head coach. “Our guys came out with a determination to improve after last week’s loss to Lake Stevens, where we came out flat.”
The Eagles had no trouble on offense — their only single-digit yardage plays in the first half (of five and nine yards) went for touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Blake McPherson was the star of the show with two touchdown passes to senior running back Colton Hordyk, two to junior wide receiver Terry Dawn and two more to Brummel and a 56-yard touchdown run to solidify his five-carry, 118-yard performance before spending the second half on the sidelines because of Arlington’s enormous lead.
Sophomore quarterback Austin Wells recorded his first career score with a 10-yard touchdown strike to sophomore wide receiver Saige Taylor late in the third quarter.
Arlington’s defense was also spectacular, forcing two fumbles, intercepting three passes in the second and holding Stanwood to 150 yards in the first half and allowing 38 rushing yards and zero passing yards in the second half.
Senior defensive back Derek Sweeney took a Stanwood pass 28 yards the other way for a score. The Spartans were fortunate not to surrender another touchdown when Arlington junior defensive back Skylor Elgarico’s interception return for a touchdown was wiped off the board because of an illegal block in the back with a minute left in the first half.