Last Friday night something as simple as an extra point was a bit more of a challenge as Meadowdale and Mount Vernon squared off in a late season non-conference game.
Both teams battled heavy rain, which made holding onto the football and placing the ball for field goals and extra points quite challenging.
But when it mattered most it was the Mavericks who put the ball through the uprights and escaped with a 20-19 overtime victory.
In overtime, Mount Vernon drew first blood, scoring a touchdown and taking a 19-13 lead. But, Riley Neff-Warner blocked the extra point, meaning a Meadowdale touchdown and extra point would win the game.
The sixth ranked Mavericks did just that, Connor Hamlet caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Danny McDonald and Sam Werner kicked the extra point keeping Meadowdale’s record unblemished in 2009.
“It was a hard fought game,” Meadowdale coach Mark Stewart said.
McDonald completed seven of his 18 passes for 177 yards and the all-important touchdown in overtime.
“I thought Danny McDonald did an excellent job throwing the ball in those conditions,” Stewart said.
Hamlett caught four passes for 58 yards and the overtime touchdown, and Sam Werner added three catches, gaining 119 yards.
Meadowdale gained 332 yards of total offense boosted by its passing game, while Mt. Vernon (5-2) racked up 278, led by its running game.
“They ran the ball really well,” Stewart said.
When asked what the difference was in Friday’s game, Stewart responded with a laugh, “an extra point.”
“I’m happy with the fact that we are finding ways to win,” Stewart added.
Stewart feels that Meadowdale (7-0) still has some things it can improve on as the Mavericks go into their final two regular season games.
“Our run offense and our run defense are the things that we haven’t been great on the last couple of weeks,” Stewart said.
The Mavericks remain on track for an undefeated season and taking the top seed in the Wesco 3A division.
“Ultimately you just have to get them ready to come out and perform,” Stewart said. “You show up on Friday and get ready to play your best football.”
Meadowdale faces Lynnwood on Friday, Oct. 23 to take on the Royals at 5 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium.