Meadowdale edged by league champ Snohomish in wild shootout | Football

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By David Pan | Oct 25, 2018

Meadowdale has its opportunities to pull out a victory against league champion Snohomish.

Usually the 38 points scored by the Mavericks would be enough in most games.

But Meadowdale didn’t have any answers for the Panthers’ ground game in the first half and Snohomish hung on for a 44-38 victory in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Oct. 19, at Edmonds Stadium.

“We played well on the offensive side of the ball,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said.

Junior quarterback Hunter Moen completed 20 of 33 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns and senior running back Nate Hebert rushed for 120 yards on 26 carries. Mason Vaughn caught seven passes for 105 yards and Tyler Gibson had four receptions for 130 yards.

Moen found Ray Free on a 33-yard scoring strike and threw an 11-yard TD pass to Vaughn in the first quarter. Moen then connected on a 13-yard TD pass to Cutter Buchea in the second quarter.

The Panthers, however, took a 28-21 halftime lead. Running back Tyler Massenda scored on runs of 89 and 8 yards in the second quarter. Massenda finished with 230 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns. Teammate Tyler Larson carried the ball 22 times for 178 yards and two scores.

Moen found Gibson on a 34-yard TD pass and the Meadowdale quarterback also scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. Snohomish, however, responded with two TDs – a 61-yard run by Massenda and 1-yard run by Larson.

Meadowdale (3-3 in the league, 3-5 overall) and Snohomish (6-0, 6-2) traded field goals in the fourth quarter. After Carlos Abad booted a 30-yard field goal to draw Meadowdale to within one score, the Mavericks attempted an on-side kick that the Panthers recovered.

“We had some opportunities certainly in the third and fourth quarters to take the lead and it just didn’t go our way,” Leonard said.

The Meadowdale defense played better in the second half, Leonard added.

“For us on defense, we just didn’t play well in the first half,” he said. “Guys were out of assignment. … I think we did a great job of slowing them down in the second half.”

Meadowdale, the South’s No. 4 seed, hosts Wesco North No. 4 seed Ferndale in a loser-out playoff game at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at Edmonds Stadium. The winner advances as the league’s No. 7 seed and will face Eastside Catholic on Nov. 3.

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