ARLINGTON — The Stilly Cup is staying with Arlington.
Anthony Whitis passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns, and the Arlington Eagles retained the Stilly Cup for the ninth straight year as they defeated the Stanwood Spartans 21-13 on Friday night at Arlington High School.
Arlington (1-1 Wesco 3A North, 2-1 overall) came into the night with an eight-game winning streak against its archrival. The Spartans (0-2, 0-3) gave the Eagles a game for the third straight year — last year Arlington needed a blocked field goal on the game’s final play to survive 28-27 — but didn’t have enough to end the streak.
Stanwood pulled within one score with 4 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the game when Paul Holm’s 1-yard quarterback sneak got the Spartans within eight. However, on the ensuing possession Arlington made two huge conversions — a 27-yard completion from Whitis to Michael Tsonkalas on third-and-6, a 16-yard completion from Whitis to Brayden Whetstone on fourth-and-10 — to run out the clock.
Joey Stretch, Arlington. The senior wide receiver caught five balls for 61 yards and a touchdown that covered 41 yards. But he was one of several receivers who made an impact for Arlington as Whitis spread the ball around well.
Paul Holm, Stanwood. The senior quarterback was 7-for-14 for 82 yards passing, plus he carried the ball 15 times for 34 yards and two scores.
Jeremy Anderson, Michael Newsom, Josh Fey, Stanwood. The defensive backs each came up with an interception as the turnovers were a big reason why the Spartans stayed in the contest.
Arlington needed this win as the Eagles have a tough test next Friday when they host Ferndale. Ferndale may be just 1-2, but the Golden Eagles’ losses came to Lake Stevens and Lynden, teams that are ranked in the top 10 in the state in other classifications.
Stanwood has perhaps an even tougher test as the Spartans play host to Wesco 3A North favorite Oak Harbor next Friday.