Panthers pounce on Mavericks | Football

By David Pan | Sep 28, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Will Moloney (19) and several of his teammates swarm over Snohomish’s Tyler Larson during a Wesco 3A South game Friday, Sept. 22, at Edmonds Stadium.

Meadowdale came into its Wesco 3A South football game against Snohomish missing seven starters.

That meant the margin for error was small for the Mavericks against a talented Panthers team.

Despite a strong effort in the first three quarters, Meadowdale couldn’t overcome the injuries along with turnovers and penalties in a 38-6 loss Friday, Sept. 22, at Edmonds Stadium.

Meadowdale (1-1 in the league, 2-2 overall) went into halftime down 10-0 and was trailing 17-0 early in the fourth quarter when a field goal attempt was blocked and returned for a touchdown.

Mavericks coach Matt Leonard was frustrated by Meadowdale’s penalties and turnovers.

“You have to give them credit,” Leonard said. “They’re a good football team. We know they’re a good football team. We turned the ball over on their 30 twice. A field goal blocked for a touchdown. Hold, hold, hold, hold. It was just incredible how much we’re killing ourselves.”

Ill-timed penalties turned first-and-10 into first-and 23.

“Then you fumble,” Leonard said. “Our defense played their butts off for three quarters. We gave them zero help. … That game got away from us in the fourth quarter.”

The injury bug continued as injuries claimed a couple of wide receivers and a tight end, who joined senior running back/defensive Jashon Butler on the sidelines. Butler did not suit up for the game.

“We’re depleted,” Leonard said.

After a scoreless first quarter, Snohomish (2-0, 3-1) took a 10-0 halftime lead on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Langdon Orgill to Payton Campbell and a 30-yard field goal by Conner Smith. Tyler Massenda then ran 52 yards for a touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Snohomish’s Keegan Stich returned the blocked field goal 95 yards for a score.

Meadowdale quarterback Nate Hebert connected on a 58-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Will Schafer.

The Panthers closed out the scoring with a 17-yard TD run by Stich and a 17-yard touchdown run by Tyler Larson.

The Mavericks face district rival Mountlake Terrace at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29, at Edmonds Stadium. The Hawks are 3-1 overall and are coming off a 20-0 victory over Shorewood.

Getting healthy isn’t the only thing the Mavericks have to contend with, players will have to deal with the distractions of homecoming week.

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