With a newly-installed offense, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks were hoping to re-energize an offensive attack that had been sluggish the past two weeks. But it was Meadowdale quarterback Drew Tingstad and the Mavericks that ultimately lit up the Edmonds Stadium scoreboard Friday night, throttling the Hawks 41-7 in a Wesco League South Conference match-up.
Tingstad threw for four touchdowns in the victory as Meadowdale lifted their Wesco League record to 2-0, 3-1 overall.
Terrace loss their third game in a row, falling to 0-2 in league play and 1-3 overall.
Tingstad, a 6-3 senior, tossed one TD pass to wide receiver Haelin Roberts and three to his big senior tight end Zach Plummer.
“Zach was really huge tonight: three touchdowns,” Tingstad said after the game. “He’s really ‘ole reliable,’ It’s really great to see him get some touches and get him in the end zone.”
Plummer’s first touchdown catch gave the Mavericks plenty of momentum heading into halftime. With 44 seconds left in the first half, Tingstad dropped back to pass, found his pocket collapsing, scrambled forward and tossed a 30-yard high arching pass to a deep corner of the end zone where Plummer raced to snag it, giving the Mavericks a 20-0 lead at the break.
“He (Plummer) is the one who called the play;” Tingstad said of the touchdown just before halftime. “He wanted the ball all along and you love it when a player like that just wants the ball. And we gave him the opportunity and he really converted for us.”
Head Coach Matt Leonard has plenty of confidence in Tingstad, giving the senior some freedom as he skippers the Maverick offense. “We let him check at the line of scrimmage a bunch,” Leonard explained. “When he comes off the field and says, ‘this is what I’m seeing,’ I trust him. He’s a smart kid; I give him that latitude to do that as long as he just plays within himself and doesn’t try to do too much.”
“When he just kind of slows down and just lets the game play, he’s pretty good,” Leonard said. “Sometimes he thinks too much and tries to be too perfect. But when he just plays and lets it rip, he’s a dude.”
Meadowdale has now averaged more than 39 points per game the last three Friday nights as its offense is running at full tilt.
On the other side of the field, a brand-new Mountlake Terrace offense moved the ball at times against the Mavericks, but was only able to find the end zone once on an 81-yard TD scamper by Anthony Gomez in the third quarter.
After scoring just 20 points in their last two games, the Hawks made some major alterations to the offense in the practices leading up to Friday’s game against Meadowdale.
“We changed quite a bit,” Terrace Head Coach Kelly Dougan said. “We changed our offensive line around a lot; we moved guys to different positions. Obviously we had a different quarterback (Andrew Blair) in there. We wanted to put Gomez in a position to maybe be our primary running back today, so that was a new wrinkle.”
“If we could get some dominance on the line of scrimmage, we thought we could grind out some yards,” Dougan added.
The Hawks only had limited success on the ground, with most of their rushing yards coming on Gomez’s big 81-yard TD run around the right side.
Blair, who has been playing running back for Terrace this year, took over the quarterback duties in what, at times, looked like a wildcat offensive formation. Blair pounded out some runs on his own, but also completed a few pass attempts for the Hawks.
“He played pretty dang good; we’re really happy,” Dougan said of Blair’s first time ever in a quarterback role. “I don’t think Andrew has ever played a real football game at quarterback before. He hasn’t even played at JV, or youth football, at that position. He did really well.”
Blair and the rest of his Hawk teammates will bring their revamped offense to Shoreline Stadium on Friday, Sept. 30, for a 7 p.m. match-up with the Shorecrest Scots.
Meadowdale will look to keep rolling on Friday, Sept. 30, when they host the Shorewood T-Birds on Homecoming Night at Edmonds Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Prep Football: Meadowdale at Mountlake Terrace, Sept. 23
Meadowdale 7 13 14 7 — 41
Terrace 0 0 7 0 — 7
9:19 Kela Marshall (Meadowdale) 5-yard TD run; Will Schafer PAT kick good
11:05 Drew Tingstad (Meadowdale) 19-yard TD pass to Haelin Roberts; PAT kick blocked
:44 Drew Tingstad (Meadowdale) 30-yard TD pass to Zach Plummer; Will Schafer PAT kick good
11:35 Anthony Gomez (Mountlake Terrace) 81-yard TD run; Bryon Shelton PAT kick good
8:35 Kela Marshall (Meadowdale) 1-yard TD run; Will Schafer PAT kick good
1:11 Drew Tingstad (Meadowdale) 10-yard TD pass to Zach Plummer; Will Schafer PAT kick good
9:11 Drew Tingstad (Meadowdale) 18-yard TD pass to Zach Plummer; Will Schafer PAT kick good
Records: Meadowdale 2-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 3-1 overall; Mountlake Terrace 0-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 1-3 overall
Meadowdale next game: versus Shorewood, Friday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium (homecoming game)
Mountlake Terrace next game: versus Shorecrest, Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium
— By Doug Petrowski