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October 31, 2008 at 11:32 PM

Meadowdale just holds on to playoff life

As Everett was driving down the field on the game’s final possession, opposing Meadowdale’s playoff status was teetering between in as the No. 1 seed and out as the No. 4.

Fortunately for the Mavericks, their defense held. Everett, which had converted three previous fourth-downs on the drive, fell short on 4th-and-6 from the MHS 18-yard line with 42 seconds left.

Meadowdale had taken a 28-7 lead early in the third quarter behind a dominating run game. Naji Moore-Taylor provided the lightning (28 carries, 154 yards) and Ben Shebly was the thunder (four rushing touchdowns) as the Mavericks scored 28 straight points after Everett scored — once again — on its first play from scrimmage.

After Meadowdale’s score to open the second half, the Seagulls shut them out. MHS coach Mark Stewart conceded the play-calling got a bit conservation with a 21-point lead and the Maverick coaching staff thought they could power through for the win.

To steal a graph from my game story, here’s how the playoff picture unfolds for the WesCo 3A league.

“Meadowdale earned the top seed from the league thanks to a Glacier Peak 34-7 win over Shorecrest. The Grizzlies of Snohomish are also co-champs of the league and will be the No. 2 seed. Everett will travel north to play the second Class 3A seed from the Northwest Conference in a pigtail game Tuesday and the Scots are out.”

The Mavericks did a particularly great job of shutting down Everett’s do-it-senior Jake Frauenholtz, who didn’t score a touchdown for only the second time all season. Frauenholtz did create a big play on a reverse pass he threw to cut the lead to 28-21.

Defensively, MHS linebacker A.J. Carroll had a great game with an interception that shut up a touchdown and a sack on third down to force a punt.

The consolation for Everett in the loss was that Glacier Peak won to keep the Seagulls season alive. But EHS has to heal and rest as it travels to play the No. 2 3A team in the Northwest Conference (Sedro-Woolley, I believe) in a pigtail game Tuesday.

Congratulations also to coach Rory Rosenbach and Glacier Peak for winning a share of the league title in its first year as a program.

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