By Quint Turner
Meadowdale High School’s football team improved to 5-0 on the season with another big win, this time against the Shorewood Thunderbirds. Brian Marty threw for three touchdowns and ran one in for the Mavericks. The defense held strong, forcing three interceptions, ensuring both sides contributed to the 50-14 win.
After the Mavericks received the kickoff, on the second play from scrimmage, Marty connected for a 48-yard touchdown pass with Kyler Larsen to put Meadowdale up 7-0 — just 30 seconds into the game. When the Mavs got the ball back after a Shorewood punt, it would be Tyler Morehouse making the reception for 68 yards. Marty threw for 116 yards and 2 touchdown passes in two plays, as the Mavs went up 14-0. Shorewood had to punt again as Meadowdale started driving again.
Ryan White caught a first-down pass on the Shorewood 34-yard line, and then Giavani Shepard got a 21-yard run to put the Mavericks on 1st and 13. Another first-down run from Shepard got the ball to first and goal on the 3, and Marty would sneak the ball in himself to put the Mavs up 21-0 and the quarter ended.
The T-Birds tried a fake punt on 4th and 8 at the 48-yard line on the first play of the second quarter. But Eugene Holley’s pass was picked off by Josiah Evans and he took the ball all the way to the Shorewood endzone for a 70-yard touchdown, putting the Mavs up 28-0. Shorewood got the ball back, and on the first play from the 20-yard line, Jacob Hughes of Meadowdale caught a diving interception to give the Mavericks the ball on the T-Birds 28-yard line. Morehouse followed quickly, catching a Marty pass for a five-yard touchdown pass and the Mavs went up 35-0 with eight minutes to go in the second.
Shorewood would be three and outed by the Maverick D and Meadowdale took over once again, and this time a punt return got the Mavs on the 20-yard line. After Tyler McGuire caught a pass and brought the ball to the 8-yard line, Kyle Newsom ran over two T-Bird players en route to another touchdown. The extra point snap was botched, but with quick thinking, Evans threw a pass to Michael Cummings who got the two-point conversion to put the Mavs up 43-0. All of this happened within six minutes, but there was no more scoring by halftime.
Shorewood finally scored in the second half, when on the second play of the half, Holley took a handoff and got to the Maverick 29-yard line before being brought down for a 43-yard gain. On the next play, Levy Diaz took the handoff and ran the ball in from 29 yards out to give the T-Birds a touchdown. Meadowdale put in Jeremiah Evans for the second half at QB, but on their first drive, they were three and outed. The T-Birds got the ball back on their 28, and orchestrated another drive to the Maverick 17-yard line before Josh Okamura ran the ball in to make it 43-14 with four minutes left in the quarter.
Nothing else happened in the third, but in the fourth, Meadowdale had a fourth and 1 situation on the Shorewood 49-yard line, and Chance Diemond ran 41 yards for a first down to the 8. Next play, Diemond would score on an 8-yard run, and that would cap off the scoring and essentially the rest of the game as the Mavericks won 50-14.
Meadowdale is 5-0 (4-0 in conference play) and meet Everett next Friday at Edmonds Stadium at 5 p.m.
Sports contributor Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.