By Quint Turner
The Meadowdale Mavericks captured their fourth win on the year with a large victory over Shorecrest, and they didn’t even need regular starting quarterback Brian Marty to do it. Backup QB Jeremiah Evans led the Maverick offense to 42 points, the most the team has scored this year. The Maverick defense, led by Michael Cummings, only gave up six points to the Scots. Giavani Shepard continued his great season with two touchdowns, but he was injured in the second quarter, and did not play for the rest of the game.
Playing at Edmonds Stadium, the Scots started with the ball at the 32-yard line, and they were poised to get off to a quick start. On third and 2 on their own 40- yard line, Nik Hendricks found running back Keegan Small for a 3-yard screen and a first down. The Maverick defense held again to third and short, but Small took a hand-off for two more yards to get to the MHS 47-yard line. After Hendricks only got one yard on third and 2, the Scots went for it on fourth down. Michael Morgan took the handoff, and was immediately taken down by Cummings for a 2-yard loss, and Meadowdale started their first drive on their own 40-yard line.
On second and 7, Shepard took the hand-off and rushed for 13 yards and a first down, but on first and 10 from the Shorecrest 44, the Mavericks were called for holding, which set them back to first and 19. Third and 17 came up for the MHS offense, and Evans found Ryan White screaming down the sidelines. White caught the ball at the Shorecrest 25-yard line and got all the way to the 3 when a Shorecrest defender punched the ball out of his arms, into the end zone, where one of the two Scots around the ball recovered it. That meant that no touchdown was scored, and it was Shorecrest ball at the Scots’ own 20-yard line with 5 minutes to go in the quarter.
The Maverick defense forced a three-and-out on the drive for Shorecrest, and Sam Schober set up to punt. The kick was blocked by Joseph Alkhedairy, and he recovered the ball at the Shorecrest 3-yard line. That set up a two-yard touchdown run by Shepard, and the Mavericks were up 7-0 with 3:10 to go in the quarter. On their next drive, the Scots got a first down, and then ran into the defensive wall that was the Mavericks, as they were forced to punt. Ryan White received the ball at the 27, and the Mavericks started their drive there with 30 seconds to go in the quarter. On the last play of the period, Shepard got nine yards on first and 10, and the Mavs went into the second quarter up 7-0.
After a false-start penalty set the Mavs back 5 yards, Shepard picked up another first down on a 6-yard run, but that was as far as the Mavericks would get. The Scots defense forced a punt, and they caught it at the 22. On third and 12, Cummings was called for pass interference on a pass to Small, which meant a 15-yard penalty and a first down. But the Maverick defense didn’t let that get to them. Morgan Masanda picked off a deep pass on third and 6 near midfield, and took it back to the Shorecrest 30-yard line. The next play, Shepard took the snap, and he ran 30 yards to the house to give the Mavericks a 14-0 lead with 5:30 to play in the half after Brett Schafer knocked the extra point good.
Shorecrest took the kickoff back to the 35-yard line, and the Scots knew they had to respond fast to stay in the game. They went for it on fourth and 1, and a bootleg by quarterback Hendricks picked up 8 yards. Hendricks wasn’t able to do it again on third and 9, as he was hit while trying to throw a 15-yard pass to David Vu that went over his head. The Shorecrest punting team came out again, and kicked it all the way to the MHS 7.
The Mavericks had only 3:20 to score again in the half. On second and 2, Phillip Thomas took the snap and got to the 29-yard line. After a false start, Shepard took the hand-off and lost 2 yards on his run. He stayed down after the play, and was taken into the locker room to be examined. He would not return. The Mavericks got two quick 9-yard plays to earn a first down and keep the drive going right after. On second and 11 from the MHS 36, Evans found Charlie White for a 25-yard gain with just 38 seconds to go in the half. The next play, at the SHS 39-yard line, Evans threw a tough ball to Ryan White at the 8, and White made an amazing diving catch for a 31-yard gain and a first-and-goal situation. The next play, Masanda ran the ball in for a touchdown with 15 seconds on the clock, and the Mavericks were up 21-0 going into the half.
The Mavericks received the ball to start the second half, but they couldn’t get a drive going, and were forced to punt. The same thing happened to the Scots, as they tried to start a comeback, and went nowhere on three plays. The Mavericks’ scoring machine got started after after Ryan White returned the punt to the SHS 38 to set up good field position. On third and 4, Evans threw a jump-ball at the 5-yard line that Charlie White came down with, and the Mavericks were at 1st and goal at the SHS 5-yard line. On 2nd and goal, Chace Diemond took the snap and he ran it in to put the Mavs up 28-0, with 4 minutes to play in the third quarter. The kickoff was returned by the Scots to the 21-yard line. Desperate to try to catch up, Hendricks threw a bomb on second and 10 that was picked off by Ryan White. He took it 41 yards back the other way to score another Maverick touchdown, and it was 35-0 Mavericks with 3:10 in the quarter. On the second play from scrimmage at the Shorecrest 20, Hendricks was picked off by Jordan Russell, who went out of bounds at the Scots’ 36-yard line. There was still 1:30 to go in the quarter, and on 3rd and 1, Masanda got 2 yards to keep the drive alive. The Mavericks had a third and 5 situation on the SHS 23 before the clock ran out on the third quarter.
Trevor Colelman took a handoff and ran it to the 9-yard line to set up first and goal for the Mavs on the first play of the fourth quarter. After three plays and only 5 yards, the Mavs decided to go for it on fourth and goal at the 4. Rory Spillum took the snap, and was tackled for a 2-yard loss, giving the Scots the ball at their own 6. On third and 4, the Scots went for it all. Backup QB Tyson Maine came in for the quarter, and his first pass was a Hail Mary headed for the 40-yard line. The Scots’ RJ Eserjose came down with the ball, and he eluded the two Maverick safeties and went all the way to the end zone for an 88-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and the Maverick lead was 35-6 with 7:37 to go.
The Mavericks weren’t too worried though. They started at their own 20, and went on an 80-yard drive for their last touchdown of the night. On third and 4 at the MHS 39, Tekle Amanuel took the hand-off and got 8 yards. That was the first of four straight hand-offs Amanuel got, and he went 15 yards on the next one, 17 yards right after, and then capped it off with a 22-yard touchdown run to make it 42-6 Mavericks. All those runs drained the clock down to just 4 minutes to go, and the Maverick defense didn’t allow the Scots any chances to come back. Meadowdale won the game 42-6.
With the win, the Mavericks improve to 4-0 (1-0 in Wesco play), and play their next game at Shorewood next Friday, at 7 p.m. The Scots go to 1-3 (0-1 in Wesco play), with their next game at Glacier Peak, also next Friday at 7 p.m.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a junior at Meadowdale High School.