Mavericks struggle in blowout defeat | Football

Meadowdale loses 62-21 to Monroe
By David Pan | Sep 07, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale sophomore quarterback Hunter Moen is pursued by three Monroe defenders during the Mavericks’ 62-21 loss Friday, Sept. 1, at Edmonds Stadium.

Meadowdale is hoping that history repeats itself.

One year ago, the Mavericks opened the season with a crushing 55-9 loss to Monroe. Meadowdale regrouped to win seven out of its next eight regular season games, claimed the Wesco 3A South title and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

The Mavericks didn’t fare any better this year against the highly-regarded 4A Bearcats in both teams’ season opener.

Senior running back Isaiah Lewis ran for four touchdowns to lead Monroe to a 62-21 victory over Meadowdale in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 1, at Edmonds Stadium.

Mavericks coach Matt Leonard said that the game should serve as a focal point for his players. That’s why, he said, it is good for Meadowdale to play talented opponents in non-conference games.

“It gives you an opportunity to kind of measure yourself,” Leonard said. “A year ago we got our eyes opened in this same game in a different way. We had a chance to be better, to get better last year. We made a choice to get better. We’re going to make that choice again.”

Lewis scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter to give the Bearcats (1-0) a 7-0 lead. Lewis then added a 6-yard TD run and quarterback Jaedyn Prewitt connected on a 52-yard touchdown pass to Efton Chism III to give the Bearcats a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Meadowdale’s offense responded with back-to-back touchdowns to cut the Bearcats’ lead to 21-14.

Sophomore quarterback Hunter Moen, making his first varsity start, connected on a 4-yard pass to tight end Jaxon Foltz. Moen then found wide receiver Austin Goulet on a 31-yard scoring strike.

“All things considered, I think that Hunter played pretty well at quarterback,” Leonard said. “He made some big time throws. … in particular that one on the goal line (Foltz). They took away our first and second option. He went to his third choice.”

Moen was named the starter before Thursday’s practice. Leonard and his staff appreciated his ability to push the ball down the field.

“He’s a sophomore,” Leonard said. “He’s going to make mistakes. … You live through the mistakes and you love them through the mistakes. You just kind of hope he keeps on getting better.

“The ability to throw is really what separated him.”

Monroe scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 30 seconds on the first half. Lewis ran four yards for a TD and then a fumble by the Mavericks (0-1) led to a 2-yard touchdown run by Blake Rybar with three seconds left that gave the Bearcats 35-14 lead heading into halftime.

Leonard said he thought about taking a knee late in the second quarter but it’s not in his nature. The Meadowdale coach said he saw blown coverages that he was hoping to exploit.

“I thought we could get a score,” he said. “It was a bad decision. I’m sick to my stomach over it.”

The Mavericks continued to struggle with turnovers in the second half and ended the game with six – four fumbles and two interceptions.

Lewis scored on a 65-yard interception return and a 62-yard run. Prewitt also threw TD passes to  Kainalu Batongbacal  and Chism III.

Moen, who completed eight of 16 passes, connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass to Foltz in the fourth quarter. The sophomore quarterback threw for 164 yards. Senior running back Jason Butler ran for 92 yards on 17 carries. But for the most part, Meadowdale struggled in establishing its ground game, especially in the second half.

“We knew it would be difficult against them,” Leonard said. “We knew that would be a very difficult challenge against that size inside. That’s a college-looking offensive and defensive line.”

Meadowdale faces Redmond at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, at Redmond High School.

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