Meadowdale pulls away from Terrace in second half | Football

By David Pan | Oct 05, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Jashon Butler stiff-arms Mountlake Terrace’s Keegan Grayson during a Wesco 3A South game Friday, Sept. 29, at Edmonds Stadium.

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eadowdale’s victory over Mountlake Terrace won’t go down as one of the more cleanly played games of the season.

Far from it.

The Mavericks were called for 19 penalties that totaled 255 yards but managed to persevere in a 41-14 victory over the Hawks in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Sept. 29, at Edmonds Stadium.

Sophomore quarterback Hunter Moen completed 20 of 34 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Jashon Butler rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries and scored three TDs.

Butler was glad to get back on the field after being out due to an ankle injury.

“It feels great,” he said. “I’ve been missing this field for two weeks. I’m always in the sidelines. It’s a little frustrating, but I’m just happy I’m back.”

The Meadowdale standout estimated that he was about 80 percent healthy but had no hesitation about playing.

“I had to. We’re a little low on running backs now,” Butler said. “I do what I can.”

Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard appreciated the play of Butler.

“We needed him to go,” Leonard said. “He gave us a spark. I thought Hunter Moen played really well.”

The Mavericks saw the return of five of seven players, including Moen, who missed the Sept. 22 game against Snohomish.

“I thought we played extra hard and we played it hard the whole game,” Leonard said. “We’ve got guys in different spots because of injuries, but they rose to the occasion. … We’re playing some young kids who made some mistakes.”

Meadowdale (2-1 in the league, 3-2 overall) takes on the only undefeated team in the Wesco 3A South, Edmonds-Woodway (2-0, 4-1), at 5 p.m., Oct. 6, at Edmonds Stadium.

Butler and Leonard agree that the Mavericks need to play a cleaner game against their district rival.

“The penalties were killing us out there,” Butler said. “Once we get those penalties out of the way, we’ll be fantastic.”

The penalties hampered the Meadowdale offense despite the final point total.

“It made that game just ugly,” Leonard said. “I actually thought we played really well, but when it’s penalty after penalty, it just puts us in bad down situations and there’s no flow to the game. The game doesn’t have a rhythm. I’m sure it was kind of hard to watch. We have to play clean and clean up the penalties.”

Meadowdale took a 13-0 lead on an 18-yard pass from Moen to senior wide receiver Will Schafer and a 10-yard TD run by Butler in the first quarter.

After the Hawks responded with a touchdown in the second quarter, Moen again found Schafer on an 48-yard touchdown pass and Butler added a 1-yard TD run. Mountlake Terrace scored their second and last touchdown late in the second quarter to cut the Meadowdale lead to 27-14. Schafer finished with four catches for 148 yards and two TDs.

The Hawks were having some success throwing against Meadowdale, so the defensive staff made some adjustments at halftime. The Mavericks tightened up their coverage. The result was a shutout in the second half. Meadowdale forced six turnovers.

Butler scored on a 1-yard run and Anthony Toyne returned a fumble three yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

“The defense definitely stepped up in the second half with takeaways,” Butler said.

Butler always looks forward to facing Edmonds-Woodway.

“It’s always a hyped up game,” he said. “All the fans are there. It’s going to be a tough game.”

 

NOTE

FLAG FEST: Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard was less than enamored with the officiating in Friday night’s game against Mountlake Terrace. The Mavericks were flagged 19 times for 255 yards. “When the officials take the game into their hands, that’s wrong,” Leonard said. “It’s wrong for both sides. It’s wrong for the fans. It’s wrong for Terrace, for ourselves. Officials are supposed to be a part of the game to make sure it’s still safe, not to take center stage or take grudges or make it personal. That was just unbelievable. I know I’m going to get in trouble for saying that, but it’s unreal. Unreal That was an unreal game.”

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