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Arlington stuns M-P, secures playoff game
ARLINGTON A 21-20 defeat of Marysville-Pilchuck Oct. 26 gave Arlington a share of fourth place in Wesco North and an outright playoff appearance.
The Eagles came back from a six-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Tomahawks. The win secured the number-two seed out of Wesco 3A, allowing Arlington to dodge an Oct. 30 tiebreaker into the postseason and set up a Nov. 2 meeting at Auburn.
The victory had a touch of the poetic, as it spoiled M-Ps chance to realize its own playoff dreams.
In retrospect, it was nice to get the win because last year they got a win that eliminated us from the playoffs, Arlington coach Tim Tramp said after the game.
Arlington played like a fire had been lit beneath them. And according to Tramp, it had. After suffering a 42-6 beating at Cascade the week before, the Eagles looked like a new team.
With Arlington entering the game in contention for a 3A playoff slot, Tramp said the Eagles were less motivated by the upset factor against the 4A Marysville, and more by an outright postseason berth.
I think it was a real boost for us. We had a real rough game last week against Cascade, and to play against a cross-town rival, a lot of kids know each other, so it was for bragging rights a little bit, he said. The fact that we dont have to play (a tiebreaker) Tuesday is relieving, that we dont have to play until Friday.
Arlington held the advantage in the 7-6 game at the end of the first quarter, thanks to a touchdown run by Marcus Dolan and blocked extra point by the Arlington defense.
With about a minute left in the first half, sophomore quarterback Jake Parduhn found Josh Acker in the end zone, putting Arlington up 14-6.
M-P answered to tie it up before the end of the half. On the kickoff, Levi Cartas returned the ball for a touchdown, the Tomahawks getting the two-point conversion with the clock winding down.
On the opening drive of the second half, M-P scored again. With the help of a couple of critical fourth-down plays, the Tomahawk offense put together an 89-yard, eight-and-a-half-minute drive down the field, culminating in a keeper by quarterback Denay Stell into the end zone. Another blocked extra point, and M-P was up 20-14.
After trading punts, Arlington put together a game-winning two-play drive with 11 minutes left in the game. Taking over on their own 38-yard line, Arlington back Chris Myers connected with D.J. Lockwood on a 59-yard pass that set up a short run by Michael Keating into the end zone.
M-P tried to put together a comeback drive, and had the time to do it. Counting on their passing game, Stell and Cartas played catch down the field, the duos gains making up for losses to penalties and a recovered fumble. But Arlington caught on to their game and junior defensive back Alex Marshman picked off Stell at the Arlington 10-yard line with 41 seconds left to end the game.
Seniors, the big chunk, stepped it up, Tramp said of the seniors last home game of the regular season. But honestly, it was probably our underclassmen who had the great game. Sophomore quarterback Parduhn, junior receiver Myers, junior corner Marshman.