Mavericks stun Seagulls, capture overtime thriller | Football

Meadowdale scores 17 points in final 6 minutes to force OT, wins 47-40 in Wesco 3A South opener
By David Pan | Sep 22, 2016

Meadowdale staged a comeback to remember Friday night.

The Mavericks scored 17 points in the final six minutes of regulation to tie the score and then pulled out a thrilling 47-40 victory over Everett in overtime in the Wesco 3A South football opener at Everett Memorial Stadium.

“I’m still kind of catching my breath and in shock,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said of his team’s comeback.

“It was one of the best games I’ve played,” added senior running back Kela Marshall, who scored four touchdowns, including what turned out to be the winning score.

The Mavericks’ prospects for a win seemed shaky, as the Seagulls took a 40-23 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run by Jacob Leonard early in the fourth quarter.

Meadowdale, however, didn’t panic.

“We kept preaching we’ve got this,” Marshall said. “Once we got some key plays, everybody started believing.”

Added Leonard, “We buckled down on defense, We finally made a couple of plays on the deep ball. Offensively, we didn’t go away from our game plan. We kept on going with Kela.”

The Mavericks (1-0 in the league, 2-1 overall) cut the lead to 40-30 on a 20-yard pass from quarterback Caleb Tingstad to wide receiver Will Schafer. Then an 8-yard TD run by Tingstad made the score 40-37. With 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Schafer booted a 44-yard field goal to tie the score at 40.

The field goal was the longest of Schafer’s career and was at the edge of what he is able to do in practice.

Leonard called a timeout to give Schafer, who plays on both offense and defense, a breather before the critical kick.

“We knew we had to have that kick go through to go to overtime,” Schafer said. “I had adrenalin left in me. I did it for my brothers.”

Marshall and his teammates felt confident about the field goal attempt.

“That kid is so reliable no matter what,” Leonard said. “You can count on him. We had a lot of faith in him. He drilled it.”

In overtime, each team’s offense starts at the opponent’s 25-yard line. Meadowdale struck first, as Tingstad threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Marshall. Schafer sealed the Mavericks’ victory by intercepting a pass on the Seagulls’ possession.

“It was incredible,” Schafer said. “There’s not much more you can ask for – a game-ending interception. It was obviously a team game. We did it together.”

Friday’s game seemed to be a game of runs for each team.

Meadowdale jumped on Everett in the first quarter, taking a 16-0 lead.

Marshall scored on touchdown runs of 14 and 49 yards and Schafer kicked a 22-yard field goal.

“Our game plan was to run the ball and get them tired out and then air it out to our receivers,” Marshall said. “That’s what we were doing in the first quarter.”

Marshall rushed for 216 yards on 26 carries and scored 3 TDs. He also caught four passes for 38 yards and one touchdown. Schafer caught seven passes for 121 yards and one TD. Tingstad completed 17 of 31 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards and one TD.

“I think Kela is the best player in our league,” Leonard said. “Drew was really special.”

The next two quarters were all Everett with the Seagulls scoring 26 points in the second quarter and 7 in the third quarter to head into the final period with a 33-16 advantage.

“We really need to give credit to Everett,” Leonard said. “They made adjustments. They started bringing pressure. They buckled down. They played hard. Up front, they gave us some problems.”

Added Schafer, “We fell flat a little bit. We didn’t adjust to their adjustments and we kind of settled for what was happening.”

Meadowdale’s scoring drought finally ended early in the fourth quarter when Marshall scored on a 18-yard run to cut the deficit to 33-23. But less than a minute later, Leonard’s TD run boosted the lead back to 40-23.

“Our kids don’t ever quit,” Leonard said.

The Mavericks felt that overcoming a 17-point deficit was possible.

“We knew we could win the game,” Schafer said. “We were confident on offense. We just had to make it happen.”

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