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Eagles blow out Bearcats
MONROE — When the Eagles win, the team effort shows up in the stat sheet with solid numbers all around and no real standouts — even when they put up 50 points.
And coach Greg Dailer has seen his team reach the half-century mark more than most, as Arlington’s 50-9 victory over Monroe Oct. 9 was the third time this season.
“When we put it together, it looks pretty good,” Dailer said of his offense that uses three different quarterbacks and at least that many halfbacks. “And we have to have our passing game to do that.”
While passing is key in Dailer’s spread system, Arlington (3-3) ran for 300 yards and passed for 150 en route to its third victory of the season, snapping a three-game skid and ruining the Bearcats’ homecoming.
The Eagles were all business, scoring from the first possession after a spectacular kickoff return. From that point, wideout Griffin Ginnis led the way to a score with a of 26-yard rush and a 21-yard reception, setting up the first of sophomore Riley Cobb’s touchdown runs. In the first of Arlington’s special team surprises, Dailer called for Brenden Pierce to rush for a two-point conversion.
A three-and-out later and the Eagles were driving. Senior Andy Smith threw an interception to end Arlington’s second drive, but it obviously didn’t get him down because on the next play, as a defensive back, he out-jumped his mark and took the ball back.
“It was nice to see our defense stand their ground tonight and shut them down,” Dailer said. “Our defense blitzes a lot and swings a lot, so it has to be a real team effort to play like this, otherwise we give up big plays, but I will say our captain Jeff Owen really gets them riled up.”
Smith then scored a touchdown one possession later, with a sneak up the middle from the 1-yard line. He finished going 9-for-14 through the air with 124 yards and two touchdowns.
After the second score, Dailer made the most out of his sneaky kickoff formation in which his special teams group huddles up near the ball and then charges as if they are going to onside kick. Usually it’s just a ruse, but this time the ball was kicked and senior Tyler Frauenholtz grabbed his first of two onside kick recoveries.
“We don’t call it ‘surprise, surprise’ for nothing,” Frauenholtz said, referring to the name of the onside kick play. “We decided that if we got up by two scores that we were going to go for it.”
The Eagles gained a 22-0 advantage halfway through the second quarter on a 63-yard run by Cobb. A fake handoff to the right caught the Bearcats defense jumping, while Cobb got the ball and went left, breaking two tackles halfway to the end zone and then reversing field and breaking a few more. Cobb ended the day with 29 carries for 101 yards.
“Those are the kind of runs we expect from him in years to come,” said Dailer. “He’s got a lot of talent and every time he runs with the ball, it’s like he thinks it’ll be the last time he touches it.”
A 1-yard score by Jake Parduhn and Arlington held a 29-3 halftime lead.
Tempers flared in the second half after a 5-yard fade resulted in a TD catch for Ginnis. Monroe was penalized three times, which were taken at the kickoff, giving Arlington no decision on whether to onside kick the ball as they kicked from Monroe’s 30-yard line. Once again Frauenholtz came up with a ball that bounced over a few Bearcats’ heads.
The Eagles play Oak Harbor for their homecoming game Oct. 16.
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