Mavericks open league play with 31-13 victory over Scots | Football

Junior QB Hebert throws for 3 TDs, runs for another
By David Pan | Sep 21, 2017

Meadowdale overcame a slow start to win its league opener.

Trailing 6-0 after the first quarter, the Mavericks outscored Shorecrest 31-7 the rest of the way to prevail 31-13 in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Sept. 15, at Shoreline Stadium.

Junior quarterback Nate Hebert completed 21 of 31 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

“We feel good about the win,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said. “I thought we played pretty well on defense. We did some nice things on offense.”

The Scots took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 47-yard pass from Eladio Fountain to Chris Lee.

“The offense struggled early on,” Leonard said. “We sat a few kids for discipline reasons. We started slow.”

Senior Will Schafer kicked a 40-yard field goal early in the second quarter and Meadowdale (1-0 in the league, 2-1 overall) took a 10-6 lead on a 7-yard pass from Hebert to tight end Jaxon Foltz.

In the third quarter, Shorecrest’s Fountain then struck again, throwing a 73-yard touchdown pass to Lee, as the Scots (0-1, 2-1) took a 13-10 lead.

The Mavericks retook a 17-13 lead later in the quarter when Hebert found wide receiver Jayden Jackson on a 22-yard scoring strike.

Hebert threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jackson and the Meadowdale junior quarterback scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“He had a good day,” Leonard said of Hebert.

Hebert was starting in place of sophomore quarterback Hunter Moen, who was out with a concussion.

Schafer finished with five catches for 100 yards and Foltz caught eight passes for 93 yards. Jackson had four catches for 75 yards. Senior running back Matthew Johnson rushed for 70 yards on 19 carries.

“We did most of our damage through the air,” Leonard said. “They kind of forced it. They were aggressive in the box. They were playing man-to-man coverage.”

Leonard saw a stronger performance from the defense in the second half.

“We were just tackling better,” he said. “We made some adjustments with what we were doing from the front line.”

Meadowdale’s defensive line is going to be tested against Snohomish in an 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22 contest at Edmonds Stadium. The Panthers (1-0, 2-1) are led by senior running back Keegan Stich who ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-0 rout of Lynnwood. Snohomish’s Tyler Larson rushed for 100 yards and quarterback Langdon Orgill completed 7 of 9 passes for 58 yards.

“It’s not just one player you’ve got to take care of,” Leonard said. “Stich, however, is going to attract the majority of attention from anybody’s defense.”

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