Arlington falls, season is over

By CHRIS McMULLEN

Herald Writer

STANWOOD – The Mount Vernon Bulldogs football team is headed to the state playoffs for the first time since 1984, but to get there, they had to overcome a stifling Arlington defense.

Mount Vernon pulled off a 14-7 victory in Tuesday’s Class 3A Northwest District playoff game.

Heading into the game, Arlington and Mount Vernon had combined to beat their opponents 498-226.

There would be no such domination is this game.

Arlington coach John Boitano was very disappointed after the loss. He met with his players on the field and shook all of his senior players hands, congratulating them on a great season.

“It was an outstanding football game. I am very disappointed that we lost, but the consolation is that Mount Vernon is a great football team over there,” he said.

“This is a great group of seniors, they made it very fun to be around, but we wanted to play some more football.”

Things certainly started well for Arlington.

It took the Eagles just four plays to go 59 yards for the opening score. Quarterback Kevin McCormack threw 49 yards to a wide-open Tom Newell for the touchdown.

That 7-0 lead would stay on the board until 11:01 remaining in the fourth quarter when Mount Vernon running back Kurt Van Selus ran in from 1 yard out. The Bulldogs would not be denied.

It takes a bit of luck to win eight games in a high school football season, as Arlington did this year. The luck may have run out for the Eagles in the second quarter.

Arlington wide receiver Nick Yoney caught a swing pass and rumbled for a 12-yard gain, dragging a couple of Bulldog tacklers in the process.

This is where the bad luck occurred. Yoney came up limping and spent the rest of the first half icing his right hip. He never returned to action.

Arlington went into halftime with the 7-0 lead, but it could easily have been 21-0.

After the Arlington defense forced a fumble, the Eagles were driving again. McCormack had a fourth and 5 from the Bulldog 21 and found a wide-open Joe Boitano for what looked like another touchdown. Boitano was too wide open, dropping the potential touchdown and ending the drive.

Arlington had yet another chance to increase its lead. Facing a third and 5 from the Bulldog 11-yard line with 1:25 left in the half, McCormack again saw a wide open Boitano in the end zone. This time, Bulldog defensive back Andy Tweedle came out of nowhere and intercepted the pass in the end zone.

The Arlington defense held tough for much of the game. Forcing three fumbles and recovering two, the Eagles looked like they would not be scored on all game.

The fourth quarter was magical for the Bulldogs.

With 9:02 remaining in the game, a punt gave Mount Vernon the ball at the Eagle 41-yard line.

Mount Vernon, smelling the victory, handed it off to Van Selus and he took it the whole 41 yards himself, busting the run up the gut for the eventual game-winner.

Arlington finishes with a record of 8-2.

“I really regret that loss to Lake Stevens now. I know I will regret this one too,” coach Boitano said.

When asked how much losing Yoney affected his team, Boitano added, “That was big, real big.”

The Bulldogs (9-1) will play Saturday against a team yet to be determined.


Arlington-T. Newell 49 pass from McCormack (Joseph kick)

Mount Vernon-Van Selus 1 run (Knue kick)

Mount Vernon-Van Selus 41 run (Knue kick)

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Sports

Boys Snohomish Little League 8-10 coach Aaron Barstad (kneeling) talks to the outfield during practice at the Snohomish Little League Complex in Snohomish, Washington on Thursday, July 18, 2024. Barstad’s team claimed the Washington District 1 Little League title, securing a spot in the 2024 Washington State 8-10 Baseball tournament held July 20-27 at the North Kitsap League Complex in Poulsbo, Washington. (Taras McCurdie / The Herald)
Baseball history in the making: Snohomish Little League 10U boys team is state bound

The 2024 District 1 champions became the first Snohomish boys team to advance.

Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes catches a pop fly in foul territory during Friday’s game against the Cleveland Guardians. (Jefferee Woo / Tribune News Service)
Ranking the best Mariners trade targets as deadline nears

Seattle needs to fill the offensive gap by July 30.

Matt Calkins: Forget the slow start, the Sounders are showing they’re title contenders

Seattle’s 2-0 win over St. Louis City FC launched it into sixth place in the Western Conference.

Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald talks with the media after practice at Under Armour Performance Center. The Seattle Seahawks hired Macdonald on January 31, 2024. (Kevin Richardson / Tribune News Service)
Seattle Seahawks roster breakdown: One thought on Geno Smith and every position group

The next phase of Mike Macdonald’s debut season as head coach of… Continue reading

Jurrangelo Cijntje pitches 2022 MLB Draft Combine held at Petco Park on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in San Diego, CA. Cijntje, from Mississippi State, was the Mariners’ first pick in the 2024 MLB Draft. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Mariners lean on college players, pitchers with ‘power arms’ as MLB draft concludes

Seattle’s 20 selections include 19 college players and one high schooler.

Jurrangelo Cijntje pitches at the 2022 MLB Draft Combine held at Petco Park on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in San Diego, CA. Cijntje, from Mississippi State, was the Mariners’ first pick in the 2024 MLB Draft. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Mariners go college route on second day of draft, take 2-way player Grant Knipp

Seattle chose youth and selected eight college players.

Tyler Cronk performs in the slam dunk competition during the Everett 3on3 tournament in downtown Everett, Washington on Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Recap, videos and photos: 2024 Everett 3on3 was another slam dunk

Everett alumni place second; skills contests, food trucks and vendors were also in full swing this past weekend to celebrate the basketball tournament’s third edition.

View of T-Mobile Park from the Press Club. Ben Ray / The Reporter
T-Mobile Park at 25: Mariners fans share favorite ballpark memories

The venue turned a quarter of a century on Monday

Kamiak High School’s Victor Sanchez Hernandez Jr. puts on a University of Washington football helmet. Sanchez Hernandez, a three-star defensive end who’s heading into his senior season, committed to the Huskies. (Photo courtesy of Victory Sanchez Hernandez Jr.)
High school football recruiting: Here’s how Washington’s 2025, 2026 classes are shaping up

TNT sports reporter Jon Manley spoke with national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman.

Once an MLB bust, Mill Creek’s Travis Snider now hopes to change toxic culture

When Snider made it to the big leagues in 2008 at just 20 he was one of the game’s top prospects, touted as the Blue Jays’ next great hitter.

Louisville guard Hailey Van Lith found little room between South Carolinas Destiny Littleton (11) and Laeticia Amihere. (Carlos Gonzalez / Star Tribune)
These Olympians in the 2024 Paris Games have ties to Washington state

Nineteen athletes competing in France are from The Evergreen State.

From left to right: Arlington’s Kierra Reese and Stanwood’s Ellalee Wortham, Ava DePew and Presley Harris. The foursome, called “Awesome Mix 12,” won the High School Elite division in 2023 and returned to Spokane Hoopfest this year to claim the Women’s Competitive division title. (Photo courtesy Sarah Reese)
Winter Wesco rivals, summer hoopfest champions

Arlington’s Kierra Reese and Stanwood’s Ava DePew, Presley Harris and Ellalee Wortham teamed up to win back-to-back 3-on-3 titles.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.