Thursday’s key prep football game: Arlington vs. Squalicum

ARLINGTON at SQUALICUM

When: 7 p.m., Thursday

Where: Civic Stadium (Bellingham)

What’s at stake: With a win, Arlington clinches a trip to the district-crossover round as the No. 3 seed from the Wesco 3A North. If Squalicum wins, a series of Kansas City tiebreaker mini-games would be held Saturday to break a three-way tie between Arlington, Stanwood and Squalicum for the Wesco 3A North’s final two postseason berths.

Arlington: 5-3 overall, 3-2 Wesco 3A North; lost to Oak Harbor 13-7 (3OT)

About the Eagles: In last week’s triple-overtime loss to ninth-ranked Oak Harbor, Arlington’s offense managed just 274 total yards and failed to score on each of its three overtime possessions. Senior two-way standout Campbell Hudson intercepted three passes to highlight a strong performance by the Eagles’ defense, which limited Oak Harbor to just 225 total yards and 3.2 yards per play. Hudson leads Arlington’s receiving corps with 448 yards and six touchdowns this season. Senior receiver Cooper Cummings has added 407 yards and four scores. The Eagles are seeking to avenge last year’s 55-27 loss to Squalicum.

Squalicum: 5-3 overall, 2-3 Wesco 3A North; lost to Ferndale 48-0

About the Storm: Speedy senior running back Triston Smith has rushed for 1,371 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, averaging 10.9 yards per carry. Earlier this year, Smith ran for 441 yards in an 85-70 non-league win over South Delta (B.C.). Smith managed just 60 yards on 13 carries in last week’s shutout loss to second-ranked Ferndale.

Herald pick: Arlington

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