Meadowdale bounces back with win | Football

By David Pan | Sep 14, 2017

Meadowdale took a major step forward week one to week two.

The Mavericks cut down on their mistakes and successfully executed their game plan against Redmond and emerged with a 28-14 victory in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 8, at Redmond High School.

Senior running back Jashon Butler ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a score to lead Meadowdale. Butler gained 75 yards on 15 carries and finished with three passes for 120 yards.

After turning the ball over seven times in a season-opening loss to Monroe, Meadowdale took better care of the ball against the Mustangs.

“We had a more focused week of practice,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said. “We focused on the details.”

The offensive line produced better results by being more physical, executing its assignments and giving Butler more room to run, Leonard added.

Trailing 7-0 after the first quarter, the Mavericks scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to head into halftime with a 21-7 lead. Butler had back-to-back 5-yard touchdown runs and caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Hebert. The Meadowdale junior replaced sophomore quarterback Hunter Moen, who was knocked out of the game in the first quarter.

Hebert threw a 6-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Will Schafer to extend the Meadowdale advantage to 28-7.

“Hebert did a nice job. He’s a strong leader,” Leonard said. “We told him that he’s got to be ready to step in and he did a nice job.”

After allowing Monroe to score 62 points, the Meadowdale defense clamped down on Redmond. The Mavericks (1-1) produced a turnover and recorded a goal line stand. One of the Mustangs’ touchdowns came after a punt return gave the Redmond offense a short field.

Meadowdale opens league play against Shorecrest (2-0) at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at Shoreline Stadium. The Scots beat Interlake and Kingston to open the season.

“They’ve given us problems the last few years,” Leonard said.

The Mavericks are growing as a team, even after just two weeks. Leonard noted that playing varsity football is a new experience for some of the younger Mavericks.

“They really rose to the occasion,” he said.

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