Mavericks grounded by Golden Eagles | Football

By David Pan | Nov 01, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Tristan Ahlstedt and Cutter Buchea (right) close in on Ferndale’s Gader Fox Friday, Oct. 26, at Edmonds Stadium.

Meadowdale needed to have a strong start against Ferndale.

The goal was to make the Golden Eagles pass instead of run the ball, as they prefer to do.

But instead Ferndale scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter and added three more in the second quarter to defeat the Mavericks 56-15 in a loser-out Wesco 3A playoff game Friday, Oct. 26, at Edmonds Stadium.

Ferndale’s Wing-T offense produced 369 yards on the ground with five touchdowns. The Golden Eagles also had some success through the air with 141 yards and two touchdowns.

“They’re not super complicated, but what they do is really good,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said. “We just didn’t play well. We didn’t protect very well. We couldn’t run the ball. We didn’t protect. We turned the ball over. We fumbled a snap. … It was just not a good game.”

Ferndale (4-5) took the opening kickoff and in less than two minutes running back Bryan Ebe scored on a 16-yard run. The game went from bad to worse when an errant snap on a punt was recovered for a touchdown by Jaden Brown as the Golden Eagles took a 14-0 lead.

Meadowdale didn’t panic, though.

Junior quarterback Hunter Moen threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Mason Vaughn to cut the deficit to 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

“We always get momentum from the offense,” Leonard said. “When we move the ball and score … we feel good. It energizes the defense and we start to feel good. I thought we recovered a little bit. We just couldn’t capitalize. We couldn’t get stops.”

In the second quarter, Ebe scored on a 3-yard run and quarterback Sequoyah Julius threw touchdown passes of 60 and 39 yards to Jacob Broselle and Watiko Leighton to give Ferndale a 35-7 lead.

“We started the game with eight underclassmen (on defense). A freshman and three sophomores started tonight,” Leonard said. “We knew that this year might be a little bit tough just cause we’re inexperienced. That’s what young teams do. They make mistakes.”

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