Late touchdown sinks Meadowdale | Football

Vikings stun Mavs with Hail Mary pass in the final seconds
By David Pan | Sep 06, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Mason Vaughn celebrates scoring his first varsity touchdown with teammate Cutter Buchea during a nonconference game against Inglemoor Thursday, Aug. 30, at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.

The game was there for the taking.

A 62-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hunter Moen to wide receiver Tyler Gibson gave Meadowdale a 28-21 lead over Inglemoor with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter.

Later in the quarter, the Mavericks executed a perfect punt to pin the Vikings back on their own 10-yard line with 3:00 remaining in the game.

All Meadowdale needed was a stop.

The Maverick defense had opportunities, but instead it was Inglemoor that made the plays.

In a heartbreaking finish, Viking quarterback Kolby Solomon launched a Hail Mary pass across the field from the Maverick 34-yard line that wide receiver Luke Millman pulled down to score a touchdown with 17 seconds remaining. Inglemoor then successfully converted a 2-point attempt to pull out a 29-28 victory over Meadowdale in a nonconference football game Thursday, Aug. 30, at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.

On the 2-point attempt, Solomon launched another pass in the right corner of the end zone that found Quentin Moore for the victory.

The Vikings successfully converted on three fourth down attempts during their final drive.

“We needed to finish off the game,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said. “Hats off to them for continuing to play. That was four quarters of us really doing what we wanted to do. We couldn’t contain their quarterback. We gave them a couple of jump balls. We practice that batting the ball down situation all the time. I don’t know. You’ve got to keep playing. Offensively we left too many points out there.”

Meadowdale took a 6-0 lead on a 21-yard pass from Moen to Baboucarr Sowe in the first quarter. Inglemoor responded with two TDs later in the quarter to seize a 14-6 advantage before the Mavericks cut the deficit to 14-13 on a 32-yard TD strike from Moen to wide receiver Colton Walsh at the 8:37 mark of the second period.

In the third quarter, the Mavericks retook the lead – 20-14 – on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Moen to Mason Vaughn.

Inglemoor’s Solomon then threw as 10-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Thurman to give Inglemoor a short-lived 21-20 advantage with 8:55 left in the game.

Less than 30 seconds later, Moen connected with Gibson for a touchdown and the Mavericks extended the lead to 28-21 lead when Moen threw a pass to Vaughn on the 2-point attempt.

“Our defense is young. They’re growing,” Leonard said. “It really needed to be the offense to carry us. … We kind of let our defense down a little bit.”

Leonard lamented some missed opportunities with open receivers, an interception and a key sack.

Moen completed 22 of 32 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns and one interception. Gibson caught seven passes for 122 yards and one TD and Vaughn had five catches for 42 yards and a score.

“Hunter had a really good game,” Leonard said. “He played fantastic.”

The Mavericks started 14 juniors and a sophomore.

“Our future is so bright,” Leonard said. “When you start so many young kids, you know you’re going to make mistakes. We made a ton of them. But you know we’ll grow.”

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