Meadowdale holds off Timberline to advance to state

LACEY — Who knows what would’ve happened if the Timberline Blazers successfully had the game’s final possession. Perhaps it would’ve led to a touchdown, their third in a 4-minute stretch.

During the Blazers’ two previous fourth-quarter possessions, they scored late-game touchdowns to cut a 21-point deficit to against Meadowdale Saturday afternoon to seven, and recovered an onside kick with 29.1 seconds remaining in the game with good field position inside Meadowdale territory.

Momentum Blazers.

But on the onside kick, Timberline was called for a “kick-catch interference” penalty, which resulted in a Meadowdale possession and the Mavericks ran out the clock for a 28-21 win over the Blazers at South Sound Stadium.

First-year Meadowdale coach Mike Dom explained the rule, and what the officials told him.

“You have to give the receiving team an opportunity to catch the ball if it never comes in contact with the ground,” he said. “If the ball is in the air, you have to give the guy room to catch the ball.”

Meadowdale (6-4), which entered the game on a three-game losing skid, advances to the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs to face Lakes next weekend.

It was all Meadowdale for most of the day. The Mavs took their largest lead at 28-7 with 4:55 left in the game after Charlie White recovered Timberline’s fumble in the end zone. But Blazers quarterback Gabe Gutierrez orchestrated touchdown drives on two consecutive possessions connecting with Trent Gallagher and Jonathan for touchdown receptions of 35 and 22 yards, respectively, to give the Blazers hope. His final touchdown of 22 yards to pulled the Blazers within 28-21 with 29 seconds left, which set up the onside kick.

At Timberline H.S.

Meadowdale 14 7 0 7 — 28

Timberline 0 7 0 14 — 21

M—Malik Braxton 1 run (Schaefer kick)

M—Josiah Evans 10 pass from Jeremiah Evans (Schaefer kick)

T—Brennon Kaleiwahea 11 pass from Gabe Gutierrez (Javon Watson kick)

M—Josiah Evans 67 pass from Jeremiah Evans (Schaefer kick)

M—Meadowdale recovers fumble in end zone (Schaefer kick)

T—Trent Gallagher 35 pass from Gutierrez (Watson kick)

T—Jonathan Dowell 22 pass from Gutierrez (Watson kick)

Records—Meadowdale 6-4 overall. Timberline 6-4.

More in Sports

Stanwood sweeps Arlington in clash of Wesco 3A unbeatens

Devon Martinka led the Spartans to victory, registering 17 kills.

UW men’s basketball team learning new way under Hopkins

The Huskies will use a 2-3 zone as its base defense this season.

Poll: Help us plan this week’s high school football coverage

Which of the following Friday games would you like to see video… Continue reading

Thiel: Baldwin, Sherman explain how path to social justice is walked

One of the great appeals of sports is resolution. Spend a little… Continue reading

Silvertips set for 1st home game in more than 3 weeks

Everett won three of its nine games on its last road trip.

Tuesday’s prep results, links and recaps

Here are Tuesday’s prep sports results, recaps and links: BOYS TENNIS 4A… Continue reading

Tuesday’s prep stars of the night

Emma Carlton, Mount Vernon swimming Carlton, a senior Texas A&M commit, is… Continue reading

Seattle man recovers bat taken from Ken Griffey Jr. statue

He said he watched the man bending the bat back and forth until it snapped off.

Olympic gymnast alleges sexual abuse by team doctor

McKayla Maroney said the molestation began when she was 13 and lasted throughout her career.

Most Read