It was a tough weekend for both local football squads as Arlington Catholic dropped its second straight game, falling 28-14 on the road at Franklin High, while Arlington High was beaten by Burlington 43-28 on its home turf of Pierce Field as the Spy Ponders surrendered 29 points in the final four minutes.
Despite coming up short against Franklin and falling to 0-2 on the season, Arlington Catholic appears headed in the right direction after an inspirational second half effort Saturday that saw the Cougars outscore Franklin 14-7, shutting down the Panthers powerful offense while the offense began to click with first-time starter, sophomore Aaron Swenson at the controls.
Swenson showed off his athletic ability with his arm as well as his feet, throwing for one touchdown and rushing for a two-point conversion. Swenson connected with Alec Matys for his first touchdown pass and also hit quarterback-turned-receiver Peter Barsam on a couple quick-hitting routes.
With a viable aeriel attack complementing running back Bernard Lynch the Cougars shouldn't be looking for their first win of the season much longer. Lynch is a strong, powerful runner that also possesses great speed, which he showed off running over, around and through the Panthers defense, then running away for a 47-yard touchdown run.
The Cougar defense, despite losing more than a little talent to injury in the first half, put together a solid second half. Junior linebacker Shane Donovan was particularly impressive as he was in on nearly every play while leading a Red Zone defensive stand by the Cougars that forced Franklin to settle for a field goal attempt.
Arlington High appeared headed to a 2-0 record, holding a 28-14 lead in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter against Burlington. The Spy Ponders couldn't hang on however as Burlington scored 29 unanswered points down the stretch to win going away.
The Arlington High boys' soccer squad didn't fare much better last week, at least not in the win column, getting shutout by Acton-Boxboro in sophomore goaltender Kalen Nee's first varsity start.
Nee was outstanding in the loss, turning away a dozen Colonial shots in the 4-0 loss, keeping the Spy Ponders in striking distance until Acton-Boxboro ended the game with a three-goal flurry in the final three minutes.
Arlington's girls' soccer squad saw a potential win slip through its fingers, leading Concord-Carlisle into the final minute of play, only to settle for a tie when the Patriots scored the tying goal in the last 30 seconds of the game.
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