ARLINGTON — Edon’s football team could not stop Arlington’s rushing attack.
The No. 3 seeded Red Devils came off the first-round bye and ran for 469 yards and 10 touchdowns, while forcing five interceptions, to give themselves a 75-6 win over the No. 18 Bombers in a Division VII, Region 26 second-round playoff game on Friday at Castor Field in Arlington.
“It feels good,” Arlington coach Josh McGrain said. “Obviously, you’re always working to try and get to the playoffs... It feels good to get a win. We had a week off obviously to be able to prepare.
“We’ve had some tough games this year, so it was nice to be able to come out and get a win.”
Running back Noah Thibaut led in all rushing categories with 12 attempts for 231 yards and five touchdowns for Arlington (5-2). Running back Connor Foust had eight rushes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Bryce Gast, Brayden Agapiou and Caden Russell each ran in a score. Gast also had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.
Quarterback Drew Gallehue went 22 of 42 for one touchdown and five interceptions for Edon (5-3). Wide receiver Ethan Steinke caught four passes for a team-high 88 yards. Wideout Hayden Dye caught the lone touchdown for the Bombers — a 20-yarder with 53 seconds left in the first half — among his five catches and 54 yards. Wide receivers Caden Nester and Dawson Kiess both led in receptions (six), with Nester bringing in 61 yards and Kiess 41.
Edon totaled 272 yards.
“When you try to analyze things, it comes down to more than one single factor,” Edon coach Bob Olwin said. “... (We) need to improve upon everything after tonight.”
Arlington started the scoring on the opening drive with a 41-yard run by Thibaut with 9:20 to go in the first quarter.
On the first play of Edon’s following drive, however, Gallehue threw his first interception to Gast, who took it to the house from 38 yards out to give Arlington a 14-0 lead with 9:02 left. Gallehue then threw interceptions on Edon’s next two drives — one to defensive back Austin Frysinger and the other to defensive back Grant Riegle.
The Red Devils turned those interceptions into a 10-yard touchdown run by Foust and a 9-yarder by Thibaut. Foust also ran for a 55-yarder up the middle to give Arlington a 35-0 lead with 2:02 left in the first quarter.
Edon started a drive in the first quarter that continued to the second, which included a 38-yard Gallehue pass to Steinke to get the Bombers to Arlington’s 12-yard line. Two plays later, though, Gallehue threw his fourth pick, this time to defensive back Jason Launder.
“We know how great a player (Gallehue) is,” McGrain said. “Being able to just put a gameplan together, not trying to stay in the same coverage and trying to get some pressure on him to try and make him uncomfortable back there. And our defensive line was able to do that at times, and (it let us) drop guys in coverage to confuse him a little bit.
“So, we were able to mix things up, which I think was kind of the key.”
Two Arlington plays later, Thibaut ran up the middle for a couple yards and then went to the right for a 92-yarder, giving the Red Devils a 42-0 lead with 10:03 left in the first half.
Gast ran an 8-yarder with 3:13 left to give his team a 49-0 lead, while Thibaut ran it 40 yards for a 56-0 lead with 1:45 left. Edon’s lone touchdown came on the drive after just before halftime.
Edon got the ball to start the second half, and on the first play, Gallehue threw his fifth interception of the night and second to Gast. This gave Arlington the ball on Edon’s 25-yard line, and eventually ended in a 9-yard touchdown run by Thibaut to give the Red Devils a 63-6 lead with 6:55 left in the third quarter.
“They’re a good team. You can’t turn the ball over against a team like that with senior domination,” Olwin said. “They’ve been playing for three or four years. They’re fast, they block efficiently.”
Agapiou ran for 48 yards with 1:56 left in the third to give Arlington a 69-6 lead, while Russell punched his in from 1 yard out with 6:58 left.
“We just want to be able to come out and play well and play our best football, and not so much worry about what other teams are doing, just be the best Arlington team we can be,” McGrain said.