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Meadowdale's offense goes flat in loss to Eastlake

Without starting QB Brian Marty, Meadowdale shut out by Kingco's Wolves

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By Jon Saperstein
Herald Writer
EDMONDS -- The Meadowdale football team misses Brian Marty.
The Mavericks senior quarterback was injured in the final drive of the fourth quarter of last week's game with Mountlake Terrace and could have helped a faltering offense Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
Instead Eastlake got the better of the Mavs in a nonleague game that after a scoreless first quarter got away from Meadowdale on the way to a 16-0 Wolves victory
"With his senior leadership, we miss him quite a bit," Mavs coach Mark Stewart said.
Marty broke a bone in his leg that will sideline him for four to six weeks according to Stewart. To make matters worse Meadowdale also lost a starting offensive tackle to a broken leg bone last week.
"We miss those guys quite a bit," Stewart said. "Injury bug is not helping us but guys gotta step up and play when they get the opportunity."
Backup quarterback Jeremiah Evans never got in sync in the passing game, going 4-for-12 for 28 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.
"We'll see how he is doing," Stewart said. "We are down to QB3."
Evans' replacement, sophmore Caleb Tingstad, was just 1-for-8 as the Mavs tried to mount a late comeback by airing it out.
"We just didn't get anything going execution wise," Stewart said of his offense. "We moved the ball a little bit but couldn't finish any drives offensively."
Chace Diemond busted a couple big runs from the Mavs backfield, but he and the rest of the backfield got stuffed behind the line of scrimmage too many times.
Although Evans looked a bit anxious and jittery in the early going, Stewart wasn't ready to blame his backup quarterback for the offense's struggles.
Eastlake's offense wasn't particularly impressive either, mostly finding it tough sledding against the Mavericks' staunch front seven. Despite owning the time of possession battle, the Wolves rushed for fewer than 200 yards. The key for Eastlake however was the connection of quarterback Blue Thomas and wide receiver Cameron Nelson. Whenever the Wolves' needed a big play, the duo connected including on 35 and 15-yard scoring passes in the second quarter. Both coming on short drives due to good field position.
The Wolves, who ended the Mavs hopes of an undefeated season, entered the game 2-4 but play in the powerful KingCo 4A league.
"You'd love to say we could win them all, but Eastlake is a good football team," Stewart said.
The silver lining for No. 3 (AP poll) Meadowdale (6-1) of course, is that it still remains undefeated (4-0) in Wesco 3A South play with a end of season showdown with No. 9 Glacier Peak looming next week also at Edmonds Stadium.
Meadowdale entered Friday with a chance to move up in the poll since the Mavs were behind only Bellevue and Mt. Si, which also squared off Friday.
Instead the once seemingly unstoppable Mavs face the end of the regular season and potentially playoffs with question marks, but the goals haven't changed.
"Next week is a big one for us," Stewart said. "We're trying to win our division and move on to the Wesco Championship game."
At Edmonds Stadium
Eastlake 0 16 0 0 -- 16
Meadowdale 0 0 0 0 -- 0
E--Zachary Steinberg 30 Field goal
E--Cameron Nelson 35 pass from Blue Thomas(Steinberg kick)
E--Nelson 15 pass from Thomas (kick failed)
Records: Eastlake 3-4 Overall, Meadowdale 6-1

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