Mavericks pummel Royals, stay unbeaten in league | FootballButler runs for 3 TDs, returns an interception for another score
Meadowdale put together four solid quarters of football Friday night and Lynnwood paid the price.
Running back Jashon Butler ran for three touchdowns and returned an interception for a score to help lead the Mavericks to a 55-28 dismantling of the Royals in a Wesco 3A South game at Edmonds Stadium.
Senior quarterback Drew Tingstad completed 13 of 19 passes for four touchdowns and senior wide receiver Haelin Roberts caught 7 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Roberts had an interception touchdown return called back due to a blocking penalty.
Meadowdale led 21-7 after the first quarter and went into halftime ahead 41-14. The Mavericks (4-0 in the league. 5-1 overall) scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to extend their advantage to 55-14.
Tingstad wasn’t surprised by the margin of victory.
“I really like our guys. Our guys did exactly what we knew they were going to do,” the Meadowdale quarterback said. “That’s something we expected coming into this week.”
Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard has seen significant progress from his team since the start of the season. The Mavericks lost 55-9 to Wesco 4A powerhouse Monroe in week one.
“We knew we were young up front on the offensive line,” Leonard said. “We just challenge them after the Monroe game to really go back to the basics.”
The focus has been on the details, hustling and finishing the play, Leonard added.
“We just keep getting better,” he said. “That’s what you want to see. Just get better each week.”
Tingstad takes his role seriously and spends a lot of time preparing for games, Leonard noted.
“He’s phenomenal. We put so much on his back,” Leonard said. “He picks my brain constantly. ‘Why did you run this? Who are we attacking here?’ … He’s just a sponge. He’s just playing really great football.”
Butler was injured against Monroe and Friday night was his second game seeing significant action at running back.
“He’s a spark plug,” Leonard said.
Senior running Kela Marshall likes to challenge defenders and run them over. Butler gives the Mavericks a change of pace.
“(Butler) gives us kind of a wiggle that we don’t have with Kela,” Leonard said. “Jashon, he’s electric.”
“He really exploded on a couple of runs, which is really awesome to see,” Tingstad said. “That’s thanks to our offensive line. They did a really good job. Brendan Diaz had a really good game in particular. I’ve got to credit those guys.”
Marshall scored on a 5-yard run and Tingstad threw a 43-yard touchdown to Roberts and a 27-yard pass to Will Schafer in the first quarter.
Butler returned an interception 24 yards for a TD and then ran 18 yards for a score in the second quarter. Tingstad also threw a 26-yard scoring pass to Drew Harvey.
The third quarter was all Butler, as he ran for TDs of 31 and 68 yards.
Meadowdale faces Shorecrest (1-3, 2-4) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at Shoreline Stadium. Then in two weeks, the Mavericks take on archrival Edmonds-Woodway in what likely will be a battle between the two undefeated teams in the league.
Both Leonard and Tingstad like how Meadowdale is playing.
“I really thought we were playing well the last three weeks,” Leonard said. “This is what we’re capable of. This is what I think we are. … We’re where we want to be. We just want to keep getting better.”
Improving is the goal every day at practice, Tingstad said. “We’re going to keep the pedal down and I can’t tell you right off the top of my head how much better we’re going to be. But I know we’re going to progress every day. … Hopefully, that results in a league championship.”