Meadowdale downs Mountlake Terrace | FootballPlummer catches 3 touchdowns to lead Mavs to 41-7 victory
Meadowdale wasn’t at full strength against Mountlake Terrace, but the Mavericks played like they were.
Quarterback Drew Tingstad and tight end Zachary Plummer connected on three touchdowns to lead Meadowdale to a 41-7 victory over district rival Mountlake Terrace in a Wesco South football game Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
The Mavericks were missing about five starters from its lineup but still managed to perform at a high level.
“To be able to go in and beat Mountlake Terrace, it’s a pretty good feeling for our kids and our staff,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said.
While the offense was lighting up the scoreboard, the defense also did its job, limiting the Hawks to just one touchdown, which came on an 81-yard run. Leonard said the TD was the result of a blown assignment.
Otherwise, Meadowdale (2-0 in the league, 3-1 overall) limited the Hawks (0-2, 1-3) to about 50 yards on the ground.
“Our rush defense was pretty sound,” Leonard said. “Giving up 7 points is a pretty good showing.”
Senior running back Kela Marshall scored on a 4-yard run to give the Mavericks a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Tingstad then connected on a 19-yard TD pass to Haelin Roberts and a 20-yard scoring strike to Plummer in the second quarter.
The Hawks double-teamed Roberts for most of the game, which opened things up for Plummer.
Tingstad threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Plummer and Marshall ran 14 years for a TD in the third quarter. Plummer and Tingstad closed out the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown in the final period.
The Mavericks finished with 436 yards of total offense (173 on the ground and 263 passing). Tingstad completed 20 of 25 passes and Plummer had 7 receptions for 117 yards. Marshall ran for 94 yards on 14 carries.
Like many teams, Meadowdale has yet to play a game with all of its starters.
“We’ve had guys step up each game,” Leonard said. “That’s good news.”
Meadowdale hosts Shorewood (0-2, 0-4) at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Edmonds Stadium.
The Mavericks can’t overlook the Thunderbirds. Leonard noted that the difference between the two teams in their last two games has been 9 points.
“Our kids won’t be looking past Shorewood,” Leonard said.
Meadowdale grad shines: Meadowdale graduate Malik Braxton, a Western Oregon sophomore running back, and teammate/junior wide receiver/returner Paul Revis have been named GNAC Co-Offensive and Co-Special Teams Players of the Week.
Braxton had a career-best day individually against Humboldt State Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl. He rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a 48-42 victory. Braxton’s rushing total was the best single-game performance of his career and the 14th-best total for a Western Oregon running back since 1971.
His previous best was 176 yards against Simon Fraser on Oct. 19, 2015 in Burnaby. Braxton averaged 8.3 yards per carry and scored on runs of 24 and 39 yards in the first quarter, adding a 16-yard score in the early stages on the third quarter.
Braxton had only 99 yards on 34 carries going into the HSU game before breaking out with his career effort.
Braxton shares the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week Award with HSU quarterback Robert Webber, who threw for 489 yards and four touchdowns for the Lumberjacks.
Western Oregon returns home for the first of two straight home games in GNAC action. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Wolves host No. 14 Azusa Pacific for a 1 p.m. kickoff at McArthur Field.