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By Quint Turner
Meadowdale earned the No. 1 seed for the next round of the state tournament with a 33-7 win over Prairie at Edmonds Stadium Saturday night. The Mavs host Mercer Island next Friday at home.
Most teams in high school football run an offense based on a strong running game. The Prairie Falcons play a spread passing offense with lots of screens and five-yard passes. Meadowdale held the new type of offense to no points, with the only touchdown coming in the first quarter on a punt return. The Mavericks showed why the power running game rules, as they scored five running touchdowns, three of them coming from Kyle Newsom and the other two from Kyler Larsen. Logan Moore scored the only touchdown for the Falcons on a punt return.
After Prairie started with the ball on second and 4 from their own 26, a pass from Colin Seitz was tipped up by the intended receiver and Dustin Diemond picked off the pass at the Falcon’s 37-yard line. However, Meadowdale got nothing as on fourth and 3 on the 30, a screen pass to Tyler Morehouse fell incomplete and the Mavs turned the ball over on downs. Prairie started driving from there. On third and inches on the MHS 49, Tyler Duncan picked up six yards to keep it going.
Then, David Taylor caught an 11-yard pass to put Prairie on the 30, but on fourth and 5 they could not convert. This meant MHS started with the ball on the 30 with 7:03 to play. A pitch to Larsen on first down for 25 yards was called back on a holding penalty, and from there the Mavs were forced to punt on a three and out. Moore received the ball on the Falcons 32-yard line and ran through everyone for a 68-yard punt return touchdown to make it 7-0, Falcons.
Neither side did much with the ball in the rest of the five minutes to play. Meadowdale started with the ball in the second quarter. The Mavs drove the ball to the Prairie 20 but the drive stopped when Brian Marty’s pass was batted down on fourth and 10. After forcing Prairie to punt, the Mavericks started on the Falcons 49-yard line with 8 minutes to go. Larsen got a first down on third and 4 to keep the drive going; then, on third and 1, Newsom got three yards to get the ball down to the 25-yard line.
After a false-start penalty and a loss of one to make it second and 16, Ryan White caught a pass for 16 yards to get a first down. Newsom got a first down run on second and 4 to put the ball on the 3. Then Larsen punched the ball in to make the game 7-6 Prairie. The extra point was blocked.
Meadowdale forced another three and out after Ethan Coffey sacked Seitz on second and 11, and the Mavs started on the Prairie 48 with 2:30 left in the half. Larsen caught a seven-yard pass on second and 5 to get the Mavs to the 35-yard line. Then Giavani Shepard ran 10 yards on second and 10 for another first down to the Falcons 25. Marty set up a touchdown when he ran 19 yards to the 6-yard line, then a personal foul got the Mavs to the 3-yard line.
On second and goal at the 3, Larsen scored again to make it 12-7 with 45 seconds left (the two-point conversion was no good). Prairie actually had a chance to kick a field goal after a 56-yard kickoff return by Tyler Vea set them up. A couple of passes put the Falcons inside the Maverick 20 with one second remaining but the kick was no good.
The Mavericks started the second half with a bang. On the kickoff, Larsen ran the ball back 55 yards to the Prairie 30. Then, Shepard ran nine yards for a first down on second and 6 to get the Mavs on the 17. Shepard again converted a third and 3. This set up a two-yard TD run from Newsom to make the game 19-7. On the kickoff, Corwin Perkins forced a fumble and Dillon Wright recovered on the Prairie 22. After a 12-yard run from Larsen, Newsom scored his second TD in two minutes from 3 yards out to make the game 26-7.
Meadowdale forced a three and out on the next drive for Prairie, and took over on their own 21. The longest gain for Meadowdale took place in the following passion. On third and 2, Newsom took a handoff and busted loose for a 71-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach at 33-7. From there on in the game, the Mavericks prevented two touchdown threats by the Falcons and Meadowdale closed out the win 33-7.