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Defense leads Meadowdale past Edmonds-Woodway 28-14

Meadowdale's Josiah Evans intercepts three passes and the team recovers two fumbles in 28-14 victory Friday.

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By Rich Myhre
Herald Writer
EDMONDS -- It was a night of big plays for the Meadowdale football team, and many of them came from the defense.
Taking advantage of five turnovers, with three of them leading directly to touchdowns, the Mavericks rolled past Edmonds-Woodway on Friday night, 28-14, to remain unbeaten in the young season.
Cornerback Josiah Evans, a 6-foot. 180-pound junior, had three interceptions for Meadowdale -- he has five already this season -- and the Mavericks also took advantage of two recovered fumbles, including one at the Edmonds-Woodway 3-yard line late in the game that set up the clinching touchdown.
"Josiah Evans is a ball hog," said Meadowdale coach Mark Stewart. "He's just something else when the ball's in the air. He just has a great nose for the ball."
Beating Edmonds-Woodway, a neighboring rival, "is pretty big" for Meadowdale, Evans said. "This makes a mark on the season for us by beating them. I think it's a successful season when you beat (Edmonds-Woodway)."
The Warriors are "a quality cross-town rival," Stewart added, and the annual showdown "is for a little bit of bragging rights. It's a friendly rivalry because they're friends and you always want to beat your friends.
"It is," he added, "a good win. And it's nice being 3-0."
The two teams sparred through a scoreless first quarter before the Mavericks broke the deadlock with a 32-yard pass from quarterback Brian Marty to tight end Charlie White, a 6-3, 190-pound sophomore. White, who caught the ball near the 15, was completely uncovered in the secondary and had an easy run to the end zone.
Place-kicker Brett Schafer added the first of his five PATs.
Moments later, Evans had his first interception and Meadowdale began a drive from the Warriors 28. On third-and-10, running back Morgan Masanda -- on his way to a three-TD night -- dashed around left end, shot through a seam in the defense, and went into the end zone standing to give the Mavericks a 14-0 lead.
Edmonds-Woodway's next possession ended with another Evans interception, but the Mavericks promptly turned it right back over with an interception from Warriors linebacker Mac McLachan. Four plays after the turnover, Edmonds-Woodway running back Junior Opoku-Mensah scored on a 4-yard run.
A fumble recovery gave Meadowdale a short field and an early third-quarter touchdown, with Masanda carrying from 7 yards out.
Edmonds-Woodway countered with an early fourth-quarter touchdown, this one on a 2-yard run by Opoku-Mensah, making the score 21-14.
The big play of the game came minutes later. After a Meadowdale drive stalled at the Warriors 45, Marty punted inside the 5. Edmonds-Woodway's Lee Anderson bobbled the ball, it fell to the turf, and Meadowdale's Steven Buonto made the recovery at the 3.
The Mavericks scored a touchdown that was erased by a holding penalty, but scored again two plays later on a 4-yard Masanda carry around left end. He dove for the pylon and did a flip into the end zone with 5:38 remaining.
The Mavericks are making strides in the young season because "we're kind of figuring out what we're doing," Stewart said. "We've got a lot of new faces and different positions, offensively and defensively. So you have to get them to kind of believe in what you're trying to teach them … and how we're going to play better at the end (of the season)."
Edmonds-Woodway was hampered by the absence of top running back Desmond Young, who injured a hamstring on his fourth first-half touchdown carry against Mountlake Terrace last week. He watched the game on the sideline in a jersey and sweat pants.
Opoku-Mensah was the game's leading rusher with 81 yards on 22 carries. Warriors quarterback Davis Giles was 10-for-20 for 166 yards, but with three interceptions.
At Edmonds District Stadium
Meadowdale 0 14 7 7 -- 28
Edmonds-Woodway 0 7 0 7 -- 14
Meadowdale -- White 32 pass from Marty (Schafer kick)
Meadowdale -- Masanda 28 run (Schafer kick)
Edmonds-Woodway -- Opoku-Mensah 4 run (Davis kick)
Meadowdale -- Masanda 7 run (Schafer kick)
Edmonds-Woodway -- Opoku-Mensah 2 run (Davis kick)
Meadowdale -- Masanda 4 run (Schafer kick)

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