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Snohomish shocks the Eagles, twice

ARLINGTON — Arlington football needed a road win Oct. 21 against Snohomish to lock up the No. 2 seed behind unbeaten Lake Stevens in the District playoffs.

Instead the resurgent Snohomish, who once stood 0-5, scored a 34-16 win to create a three-way log jam between Arlington, Monroe and itself at 3-2 in Wesco North league play.

It was to no one’s surprise that Snohomish did what they do best — pound the rock.

“They were running the ball very well, and stopping the ball has always been a weakness of ours,” Arlington head coach Greg Dailer said. “We just had some problems moving the football through the air with (senior wide receiver Colton) Hordyk out.”

The seeds were to be resolved Saturday morning, when Arlington would get another shot at the Panthers in Game 1.

The next morning’s tiebreaker followed an overtime format in which both teams would have alternative offensive possession. The team that scored and stopped the other team from matching the points would be the winner.

Snohomish killed Arlington’s drive in four straight plays and scored on a third-and-goal to win Game 1 and move on to face Monroe.

“We stayed up and watched the film from Friday night’s game, but we didn’t execute and we didn’t stop them,” Dailer said.

If Snohomish beat Monroe, they would take the No. 2 seed and Monroe would fall to a tie for No. 3. That would mean Arlington would then play Monroe with the victor capturing the No. 3 seed — so the Eagles found themselves cheering for Snohomish to do them the favor.

Snohomish matched Monroe’s 18-yard touchdown with its own touchdown to tie the score at seven apiece. Monroe stopped Snohomish on the second overtime set and scored to win and banish Arlington from the postseason.

 

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