Quarterback Moen throws four TDs to lead Mavericks past Royals | Football

Oct 19, 2017

A balanced offensive attack along with a stout defense lifted Meadowdale to an easy victory over district rival Lynnwood.

Sophomore quarterback Hunter Moen completed 18 of 35 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Mavericks to a 52-17 victory over the Royals in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Oct. 13, at Edmonds Stadium.

“I thought we played pretty well,” Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said. “Obviously, they’re not having the season they’d like to have. They still have a lot of talent on the field. It was important for us to play better than we have been playing.”

The Mavericks (3-2 in the league. 4-3 overall) were coming off a 21-6 loss to Edmonds-Woodway, while the Royals (0-5, 0-7) lost 27-9 to Mountlake Terrace.

Leonard praised the play of Moen, who distributed the ball to nine different receivers. Sophomore Colton Walsh caught five passes for 130 yards and touchdowns of 14 and 27 yards. Senior wide receiver Will Schafer had two catches for 76 yards and TDs of 48 and 28 yards.

“Hunter is kind of developing as a young quarterback,” Leonard said. “With all our injuries, I still feel pretty good about our receiving corps. Hunter is doing a better job. He’s growing. He’s not locking on to one receiver.”

Meadowdale’s offense got a big boost when senior running back Jashon Butler suited up in the backfield. His status was unknown earlier in the week.

“He felt ready to go,” Leonard said.

Butler rushed for 64 yards on nine carries and also caught two passes for 16 yards. Teammate Matthew Johnson ran for 44 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown. Johnson shifted from tight end to running back this season.

“He’s done a nice job,” Leonard said. “I like what he’s doing.”

Freshman Ian Newsom had 10 carries for 65 yards and scored one TD. The Mavericks finished with 345 passing yards and 211 on the ground.

The defense limited Lynnwood to only one field goal in the first half and recorded two safeties.

Meadowdale hosts Everett (3-1, 5-2) at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, in what is a key game for both teams. The Mavericks and Seagulls are battling for the league’s No. 3 seed to the district playoffs. A victory by Meadowdale likely would secure third place. Everett wraps up the regular season with a game against Lynnwood. Meadowdale finishes with a non-league game against Olympic.

The Wesco No. 4 team plays Wesco North No. 4 in a pigtail contest and then has to face the Metro League’s No. 1 seed.

“It’s a huge game for both teams,” Leonard said. “Everything is on the line on Friday.”

Everett runs a Wing-T offense and plays what Leonard describes as power football. The Seagulls run the ball behind a big offensive line until someone stops them. Meadowdale has not faced a Wing-T offense this season.

“Our defense is definitely up for a big challenge,” Leonard said.

The Meadowdale coach added that the Mavericks’ offense needs to move the ball and keep Everett’s offense off the field.

“It’ll be a unique challenge for sure,” Leonard said Friday’s contest.

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