Riley Cobb leads Arlington past defending champ M-P, 33-14
The Eagles raced to a 19-0 lead, allowed two touchdowns, then pulled away for a victory over the defending WesCo North Tomahawks.
Special to The Seattle Times
ARLINGTON — It ended up being Riley Cobb's night.
The Arlington junior running back had one of those special evenings for the Eagles, who after just one week of WesCo North play put Marysville-Pilchuck's bid for a third consecutive division title on the ropes.
Arlington scored early, then added insurance late in a 33-14 victory before a nearly packed house at John C. Larson Stadium.
He ran for 88 yards on 19 carries — all but three of it in the second half as Arlington (3-1, 1-0) nursed a five-point advantage most of the final 24 minutes. He had a rushing touchdown, a TD reception from Blake McPherson and a fumble return for a third score.
"Let me tell you about Riley," Arlington coach Greg Dailer said. "He really gets tired. But when the ball is snapped, he's right back."
Late in the game, Dailer called Cobb's number on nine of 11 plays over two drives.
"I love it," Cobb said. "When he's giving me the ball 10 carries in a row, it is tiring. But I love it."
A turnover bug continued to haunt the Tomahawks (2-2, 0-1), who turned it over five times.
"I stopped counting," Tomahawks coach Brandon Carson said. "I keep saying the same thing. We just can't continue to turn the ball over."
Cobb and company took advantage.
Despite running only six offensive plays in about the first nine minutes, the Eagles built a 19-0 lead. McPherson completed three of his first four passes for 116 yards and two TDs, and Cobb did the rest.
The 5-foot-10 junior running back and linebacker hit quarterback Tylor Klep in the backfield to force the first of two first-half fumbles by the Tomahawks. Cobb returned it 45 yards for a touchdown with 6:30 to go in the quarter.
On the Eagles' next possession — their third play — Cobb gathered in a perfect screen pass, made two nifty cuts and eluded a third tackler to go 61 yards for a score, putting the Eagles ahead 19-0.
"This is a huge steppingstone for us," Dailer said. "I just don't want them to have the idea that we've peaked."