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By Paul Johnson Arlington football has already began their regular season (see this week's sports section for results) by hosting top-rated Sedro-Woolley, and there is still ff lot of tough football action to come. ( This week the Eagles will travel to Mount Vernon, where they will try to avenge their loss of a year ago. Last season the Eagles lost a bitterly contested contest with the Bulldogs by the score of 14-10, in a game where tempers flared hotly. Mount Vernon will be trying to live up to their fourth ranking in this season's coaches' poll by overcoming Arlington's always tough Eagles. Arlington is ranked only seventh in a nine team league this season largely due to the heavy toll of graduation to their KingBowl champion team of a year ago. The overall strength of the Northwest AA League gives little room for rebuilding and the Eagles are a team centered around very few returning starters and only ten seniors. "Our sophomores and juniors are going to have to play like experienced players if we are going to have a chance this season," says Eagle Head Coach Jim Kavaney. In this league it looks as though Arlington may have a down year unless the ounger players grow up quickly. As far as the rest of the league goes the Eagles will not have any breathers as they look down' their schedule, as the Northwest AA league gives one of the toughest line-ups . in the state. The league's coaches' poll ranks Burlington and Bellingham as the second and third teams, respec- tively. After the fourth rated Mount Vernon, they then chose,.Ferndale and Sehome for the fifth and sixth spots. Below the seventh rated Eagles they placed Anacortes and Stanwood, but as coach Dewey Doe put it, "Rating don't mean anything, I don't see anybody (in this league) who s going to be easy." Using last season's results, as compared to the pre- season poll, as an indication of the difficulty of rating teams, it is evident that any team can capture the cham- pionships. Last season Arlington and Bellingharn were ranked fourth and fifth, but represented the league in the play-offs. Bellingham made it through two rounds of post- season play before being eliminated. The Eagles were never defeated, claiming their second state championship in the KingBowl's six-year history -- their third trip to Seattle. League rival Burlington has also claimed a title in the KingBowl, giving the Northwest AA league three victories out of the six years of the state-title game. 9. SED.-W Sept i6. at Mount Sept. 23 30 ...... at 7 at 7:30 ACTION SPORTS "Eagles soar with pride" GAY'S ISLAND CROSSING MINI-MART & KAZEN TOWING 652-8700 "Go for a variety o/ winning games" MACKENZIE SPECIALTY CAI "Keep on winning" OLSON'S SAW "Cut 'em down ARLINGTON CLOTHING "You're well suited" POLE & PILING ARLINGTON BRA IcH .... Member F.D.I.C- "Good luck on a,, successful season CONCRETE P "Go get them Eagles