BOTHELL — The Arlington football team suffered a close 28-21 loss in a non-league contest on Thursday, Oct. 18, to Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Stadium, their last regular season game of the year, and head now to the district playoffs where they face some fierce competition.
The outcome of the Oct. 18 game could have gone either way as Arlington started off strong on the offense, with quarterback Skylor Elgarico scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run on their first drive to put the Eagles in the lead at the end of the first quarter. Inglemoor scored on a two-yard pass, tying the game until Arlington’s Max Gray completed an impressive 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Inglemoor managed another touchdown before halftime, as did the Eagles, with another Elgarico run to keep them in the lead 21-14 going into halftime.
The problem for the Eagles came in the second half when they failed to put any more points on the board, and Inglemoor’s offense got in another two touchdowns to clinch the victory.
Going into the next couple of weeks of postseason play, the Eagles are preparing the only way they can.
“We just watch film and get ready, I don’t know what else we can do,” said head coach Greg Dailer. “We are playing well, so it’s frustrating for the kids because we’ve lost the last few games.”
As far as their close loss to Inglemoor is concerned, Dailer believes that his offense needed to be there a little more in the second half.
“I think they played a lot better on defense and we didn’t really execute on the offense,” he said.
There is still potential for the Eagles to advance, as they sit in the No. 3 spot in the league, with the top four teams heading to playoffs.
“I think we have some really great kids, good leaders. I think the seniors are disappointed at the last few losses, but you know a handful of plays going the other way and we could have been No. 1 in the league. They understand that they have to play better and I think they’ll be focused.”