Meadowale miscues lead to lopsided defeat | Football

By David Pan | Oct 26, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Jayden Jackson (2) runs behind the block of Jashon Butler during a Wesco 3A South game against Everett Friday, Oct. 20, at Edmonds Stadium. The Seagulls prevailed 56-21.

A key component of Meadowdale’s game plan against Everett was having success on offense.

The goal was to keep the potent run-heavy Seagull offense off the field.

The Mavericks weren’t able to execute that part of the game plan and Everett took advantage, scoring 49 points in the first half to post a 56-21 victory in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Oct. 20, at Edmonds Stadium.

“We just didn’t execute offensively,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said. “We knew offensively we had to be clean and not shoot ourselves in the foot. We just shot ourselves in the foot over and over.”

Part of the problem is that injuries have taken a toll on the Mavericks (3-3 in the league, 4-4 overall), who are missing several starters on both sides of the ball.

“You look out on the field and five sophomores are starting for us,” Leonard said. “That is kind of what happens sometimes when you play young kids. It’s part of the growing pains.”

Leonard told sophomore quarterback Hunter Moen, who threw two interceptions, that there will be brighter days.

“It’s all part of the process. All part of the growing,” Leonard said.

Moen completed 11 of 20 passes for 147 yards.

Leonard recalled that former quarterback Drew Tingstad struggled in his first season as a starter. He went on to lead Meadowdale into the state semifinals during his senior year.

“You’re playing young kids,” Leonard said. “They make mistakes.”

Everett (4-1, 6-2) took an early 12-0 lead before Meadowdale responded with a 65-yard touchdown run by senior running back Jashon Butler. Unfortunately that Maverick touchdown would be the last one until the fourth quarter.

The Seagulls exploded for five unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter and then added a sixth TD in the third to head into the final period with a 56-7 lead. Because of the 40-plus point differential, a running clock was used in the second half.

Meadowdale had problems defending Everett’s offense, which amassed more than 350 yards on the ground in the first half. The Mavericks had not faced a team that played a Wing-T type of offense this season.

“It’s extremely challenging to try to replicate their speed and their size (in practice),” Leonard said.

Butler closed out the game with touchdown runs of 6 and 16 yards, as Meadowdale put together two solid drives.

“I thought the whole game we moved the ball,” Leonard said. “We just turned it over on turnovers or over on downs or just mis-executed. I didn’t think they did anything to stop us.”

Butler rushed for 187 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns.

The Mavericks host Olympia at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, in a non-conference game at Edmonds Stadium.

“We’ve got to play every game to win,” Leonard said.

Meadowdale finished fourth in the Wesco 3A South and will face the Wesco 3A North No. 4 seed in a pig-tail/district play-in game.

An area the Mavericks plan to focus on is their short yardage game, particularly on fourth-and-short situations.

“We’ve got to execute in those short yardage downs,” Leonard said. “It hurt us against Snohomish. It hurt us against Edmonds-Woodway and it hurt us tonight.”

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