Mavericks return plenty of experience on offense, defense | Football

Two-time, all-league QB back to lead Meadowdale
By David Pan | Jun 27, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Hunter Moen fires a pass during a recent practice at the high school.

Former Meadowdale football coach Matt Leonard has high expectations for the Mavericks this fall.

Whoever ends up being named head coach will be taking over what Leonard describes as ready-made playoff team.

Leonard, who accepted a head wrestling and assistant football coach position at Weiss High School in Texas, said Meadowdale has had a solid offseason.

“We have a lot of really talented kids,” he said. “We had a huge spring turnout. Whoever is hired is going to get a great group of kids who are working hard. They have good leadership and a lot of talent.”

Meadowdale athletic coordinator Beth Marriott noted that the school has posted the position and it will be open until filled.

The Mavericks offense is led by first-team, all-league quarterback Hunter Moen. The Meadowdale senior was the fifth most prolific passer in the state last season.

“I would expect him to keep growing,” Leonard said.

Also back is first-team, all-league wide receiver Mason Vaughn. Coupled with the expected return of Colton Walsh, who was injured last season, and some newcomers, Leonard said the Mavericks have an abundance of talent. The offensive line is anchored by Alex Krueger, who also has emerged as a key leader on the defense.

Defensive coordinator James Harmon, who is charge of the rest of Meadowdale’s offseason activities, said the defense brings back three of four defensive linemen, all three linebackers and one defensive back. He added that those expected to step into starting roles saw significant playing time last season.

“These kids have quality game reps,” he said. “We’re hoping for some big things.”

The Mavericks have strong leaders in defensive back Vaughn and linebacker Ian Newsom.

Harmon said that the players were initially shocked when Leonard announced his departure.

“Coach Leonard was loved by all the players and all the staff,” Harmon said. “They’ve done a good job of rallying around each other and leaning on their coaches.”

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