UPDATED: The Arlington High School Spy Ponder football team improved its record to 2-0 with a surprise 47-12 shellacking of Medford on Friday, Sept. 20.
The win away, at Hormel Stadium, topped the Mustangs, which had started their season 2-0.
Frank Roche led AHS with three touchdowns -- including a 55-yard punt return -- and 276 total yards. On defense, linebacker Marco Saenz-Grant had 14 tackles, two sacks, and forced a fumble.
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"I thought we did a good job improving as a team from our first game," Coach John Dubzinski wrote in an email Sunday, Sept. 22.
"As a coach, my two goals for the second game are to win and to improve as a team from the first game. I thought we did both.
"We knew Medford would come out flying. They had two huge victories to start the year. Forcing two turnovers right off the bat put us in a great position to put points on the board.
"Frank Roche's 51-yard punt return was a huge score. That put us up 21-0 and gave us a lead to work with.
"The game plan going in was to get Roche the ball as many times as possible and it paid off. I also felt Lucas Hanley did a great job blocking at his fullback position. The offensive line (Sam Jacey, Chris Rikeman, Chris Girouard, Mike Greco, and Nick Rose) paved the way for over 300 yards rushing.
"Frank did an amazing job as a running back, wide-out and kick returner. His successes so far is not a surprise to the staff. He had an unbelievable off-season in the weight room and attended several football camps and combines.
"Our defense did a great job keeping Medford's QB contained. Marco Saenz-Grant, Zach Thomas, Matty Shea were all over the field all game long. Our defensive line (Nick Rose, Kyle Coleman, Lakota Samuels, Pascal Schamber) controlled the line of scrimmage."
Roche; 276 total yards 3 TDs
Lukas Stavropoulos 2 TDs
Lucas Hanley TD
Pat Conroy TD
Seth Coiley; 75 yards passing
On Friday. Sept. 27, AHS plays Reading (1-0) away.
Arlington Catholic (1-1) lost to Wilmington (1-1), 20-0, on Sept. 20.
On Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m., AC plays at home against Bishop Fenwick (2-0).
This story was published Friday, Sept. 20, and updated the next day as well as Sept. 24.