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Clash of rivals - Marysville beats Arlington in M-P Homecoming
MARYSVILLE The combination of Homecoming and facing your rival was all that M-P needed to fire them up Friday, Oct. 27.
The Tomahawks all but eliminated the Arlington Eagles from a possible 3A District 1 playoff spot with a 28-21 Wesco North victory at Quil Ceda Stadium.
The win evened the teams records at 2-6 in league play and 2-7 overall.
Senior running back Aaron Posey tormented the Eagles defense with 34 carries totaling 334 yards and three touchdowns.
Classmate Duane Lapeyri hit pay dirt himself one time for the other M-P TD en route to their second victory of the season.
The Eagles began the scoring early in the game, but after Posey and fellow senior running back Tommy Harvey alternated runs, M-P took a 7-6 lead on a 10-yard Posey TD run.
Senior place-kicker and Homecoming King Kaleb Kuehn converted on the extra point.
In the second quarter, Lapeyri finished off a long drive with a 29-yard TD run and, after the Kuehn extra point, M-P had a 14-6 lead.
Arlingtons Derek Johnson intercepted a Stephen Atterson pass and returned it to the M-P 26-yard line, but the Eagles were unable to capitalize before halftime.
M-P entered the locker room with a 14-6 advantage as the Homecoming royalty was crowned and fireworks shot off in celebration.
The M-PHS marching band performed a routine titled Russian fantasy as the healthy-sized crowd rose to their feet in anticipation of the festivities.
Arlington knotted the score at 14-all four minutes into the third quarter which seemed to wake up their fans.
The Eagles scored once again after another Atterson interception to take a 21-14 lead and effectively silence the otherwise festive M-P crowd.
Alas, a hearty chuckle was heard from most in attendance after Arlington raced up to the kicking tee only to see the ball barely stumble onto the grass.
Shortly thereafter, Posey found a hole behind his offensive line and broke free for a 62-yard TD run to tie the score at 21-all with 2:20 in the third quarter.
Posey, the offensive star of the game, was quick to deflect the praise on his offensive linemen for making his huge performance.
I cant say it was all me. It was the O-line that made my job easy tonight, he said. I had holes all game. They gave me great openings to the line and I just ran past the defense. It feels good to beat our rival. I was pretty pumped today and even switched up my pre-game routine.
The Eagles threatened to take the lead after driving to the M-P 2-yard line, but Denay Stell broke up a Trevor Milles pass at the goal line.
Posey made it a TD hat trick with a go-ahead 10-yard run to make it a 28-21 game with 73 seconds remaining in the contest.
Aaron Posey is spinning, clawing and scratching for every inch here, the public address announcer boomed over the microphone.
Arlington made things exciting when they drove down the field in a hurry up offense, but sophomore defensive back Leandro Abadam sealed M-Ps second win with one last Milles interception.
As players, family and friends celebrated on the field, Abadam was nearly speechless.
I didnt even know I had the ball until I got tackled, he said with a huge smile. This feels really good, especially since its our Homecoming game.
Coach Rudy Grandbois said he told his squad beforehand that they need to make opponents feel intimidated at Quil Ceda Stadium.
This is your home field. It is your job to make teams feel intimidated when they walk in here, he said. The kids did a great job of battling back. It was a classic match up that featured our running game against their passing game.
The Tomahawks may host a Wesco North-South crossover game Friday, Nov. 3, but the opponent and game times are both still unknown.
At Quil Ceda Stadium
Arlington 6 0 15 0 21
M-P 7 7 7 7 28