Prep football: Meadowdale unable to overcome second quarter mishaps, loses 55-34 to Marysville-Pilchuck

Meadowdale's captains, including quarterback Caleb Tingstad, meet with the officials and Marysville-Pilchuck's captains prior to the start of Friday's Wesco 3A game at Quic Ceda Stadium in Marysville. (Photos by David Pan)
Meadowdale’s captains, including quarterback Caleb Tingstad (right), meet with the officials and Marysville-Pilchuck’s captains prior to the start of Friday’s Wesco 3A game at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. (Photos by David Pan)

Considering all that the students, teachers and community in Marysville have been through the last two weeks, they certainly deserved a night that would lift their spirits.

That night was Friday night, which started out well when Marysville-Getchell defeated Lynnwood 48-27 in the first game of a Wesco 3A football doubleheader at Quil Ceda Stadium on the campus of Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Then before a packed stadium and with television cameras in abundance, Marysville-Pilchuck gave its fans plenty to cheer about with a hard-fought 55-34 win over Meadowdale.

The fence in front of Marysville-Pilchuck High School is covered with balloons, flowers and handmade signs and posters.
The fence in front of Marysville-Pilchuck High School is covered with balloons, flowers and handmade signs and posters.

Friday’s game was the first in two weeks for both Marysville teams, which cancelled their Oct. 24 games after the deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School that has claimed the lives of four young people, including the shooter.

Though his team came out on the losing end against the Tomahawks, Mavericks coach Mike Don was impressed with the resiliency his players showed.

For a while, it looked like Meadowdale would go into halftime trailing 14-13. But in the final 1:50 of the second quarter, Marysville-Pilchuck scored three touchdowns to take a 34-13 lead into halftime. Then the Tomahawks scored a TD in the third quarter to extend their advantage to 41-13.

Meadowdale (7-2 overall) battled back, scoring two quick touchdowns to cut the deficit to 41-27 before the Tomahawks (7-1) regrouped and closed out the game with a pair of Austin Joyner touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Joyner scored on 43 and 47 yard runs.

Sandwiched in between Joyner’s TDs was a 3-yard TD pass from quarterback Caleb Tingstad to Donovan Evans.

“Our kids kept fighting,” Don said. “I thought we played real hard. … Our kids really rallied back in the second half. We made that a heck of football game.”

Don took the blame for the Mavericks’ meltdown at the end of the first half.

Meadowdale’s Malik Braxton had thrown a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Navlet to cut Marysville-Pilchuck’s lead to 14-13 with 1:50 remaining in the second quarter. The Tomahawks took a 20-13 lead on a 55-yard run by Killian Page with 55 seconds left.

Meadowdale then had a pass intercepted and run back 35 yards for a score by Marysville-Pilchuck’s Darriion Young and the Tomahawks led 27-13. The Mavericks fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Marysville-Pilchuck made them pay when Page scored on a 31-yard run to give the Tomahawks a 34-13 halftime lead.

“I did a terrible job at the end of the first half, handling that game,” Don said. “We run a screen pass. We get stopped and probably should have just taken a knee and I put us in a bad situation. All of a sudden they scored 21 points in less than a minute and a half. It was quick and put us in a pretty big hole. As a coach, that can’t happen. I just didn’t do a very good job there.”

Marysville-Pilchuck cheerleader cheered to a packed Quil Ceda Stadium on Friday night. It was the first game in two weeks for Marysville-Pilchuck after the school district cancelled the Oct. 24 contest due to the deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
Marysville-Pilchuck cheerleader cheered to a packed Quil Ceda Stadium on Friday night. It was the first game in two weeks for Marysville-Pilchuck after the school district cancelled the Oct. 24 game due to the deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Meadowdale had trouble stopping Page in the first half and Joyner in the second half.

“(Page) did a great job,” Don said. “Austin Joyner in the second half was unbelievable. Even when you have guys in the right spots to make plays, sometimes he’s just better.”

Joyner started off the game with a 39-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Page added an 8-yard TD run early in the second quarter.

Meadowdale responded with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Tingstad to Braxton and then while Tingstad had a rolled ankle attended to on the sidelines, Braxton threw the TD pass to Navlet.

Don described Friday night’s game as being a little surreal, especially when he drove by the main fence in front of the school, which has been decorated with balloons, flowers and handmade signs and posters.

“When I drove by I saw that fence,” Don said. “I’d see it on TV and it was different emotionally when you see it in person. You really see all the love and compassion that people have for this community and it’s really impressive to see people coming here and just kind of telling them that they’re important and that they’re there for them.”

– By David Pan

The Marysville-Pilchuck football team came out fired up against Meadowdale.
The Marysville-Pilchuck football team came out fired up against Meadowdale.
  1. David, you missed the other story here that the Meadowdale students and staff who were there wore ribbons to show solidarity and honor to Marysville-Pilchuck. The Meadowdale players also wore MPS decals on their helmet. It’s heartening for me to see how the students around the area has responded to the tragedy and really showed us their resilient spirit and strength of character.

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