Arbor View coach Dan Barnson has often reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out a win.
The Aggies did it again Friday night.
Arbor View took advantage of an onside kick that opened the second half to ignite a 27-point scoring spree and bury host Legacy, 42-14.
“We work very hard on our special teams,” Barnson said. “Legacy did it to us a couple of years ago and this time it was in our favor. It has to work in order to be successful, but also it’s a big gamble.”
Roderick Eason rumbled in for a 44-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive, giving the Aggies a 21-8 lead. Eason finished with a game-high 155 yards and two touchdowns, and intercepted a pass on defense.
“We executed very well on offense, especially in the second half,” said Barnson, whose team rushed for 372 yards. “Every week in the Northwest League its a fight, and we made plays in the second half.”
Donnie Gaskin scored on a 15-yard run on the Aggies’ next possession to stretch the lead to 28-8.
Elijah Turner tossed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Alonzo Fuller to bring Legacy (2-2) within 28-14 on the next drive, but the Longhorns would get no closer.
The Aggies (4-1, 3-1 Northwest) dominated the rest of the way to cruise to the victory.
“It was all about ball control tonight,” Barnson said. “The entire coaching staff did a great job putting in the game plan, and keeping the ball away from their offense was the key.”
Arbor View’s defense held Legacy standout D’Andre Hughes to 67 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Hughes ran for 260 yards or more in the Longhorns’ two previous games.
Steve Burns, who finished with 95 yards, scored the first of two first-half touchdowns on a 60-yard run in the second quarter for Arbor View. Hughes responded with a 3-yard run with 2 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the half to tie the game at 8-8.
Burns’ six-yard score just before halftime gave Arbor View a 15-8 lead.
Gaskin added 80 yards for Arbor View, which gained 250 yards on the ground after halftime.