Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Turnovers hurt Lakes in loss to Meadowdale

It couldn’t have started much worse for Lakes against Meadowdale. The Lancers committed turnovers on their first two drives, and lost quarterback Nick Webster to an early knee injury on their way to a season-ending 24-0 loss to the Mavericks in the 3A state playoffs on Nov. 15 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Webster was intercepted by Josiah Evans on the third play of the game, and the Mavericks converted it into a 34-yard field goal by Brett Schafer. Then, after scrambling for 46 yards on the first play of the second drive, Webster was pushed out of bounds and came up hobbling. He left the game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

“That’s the heart and soul of our team,” said Lakes head coach Dave Miller. “It really sent our kids for a loop. We were reeling. We made a lot of mistakes. We played so well last week and just didn’t have it tonight.”

A botched handoff by Caleb Lyons was recovered by the Mavericks’ Marzel Simmons three plays later, and Malik Braxton scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 10-0 with 5:10 to go in the first quarter. Meadowdale forced a quick three-and-out defensively, and was in the end zone again with 22 seconds to go in the first quarter on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Jeremiah Evans.

“That first quarter kind of told the tale right there,” Miller said. “Our kids in the second half battled a lot harder and played with a lot of pride, so I was proud of them.”

Kemonee Jenkins led the Lancers downfield early in the second quarter with two long runs, but the drive stalled out and the Lancers had to punt. Jenkins was intercepted by Jimmie Bruders on the third play of the next drive, and Evans connected with Charlie White on a 14-yard touchdown pass with five seconds to go in the first half to cap a 14-play, 54-yard drive.

Robert Reiten came on at quarterback in the third quarter for Lakes, but was intercepted on the second play of the first drive and later lost a fumble. Meadowdale, meanwhile, began running down the clock behind running back Rory Spillum, who finished with 34 carries for 118 yards.

The Lancers had their best chance to score after recovering Spillum’s fumble at their own 43-yard line and marching inside the Meadowdale 10-yard line early in the fourth quarter. But sophomore Jaiave Magalei – the Lancers’ fourth quarterback – was pressured on 4th-and-goal and his pass fell incomplete.

“I was proud of those two young quarterbacks for going in there and battling,” Miller said. “We threw them in the fire and they did some good things.”