2016 Team Preview: Meadowdale Mavericks

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Key Players

Kela Marshall RB/LB (’17, 5’10 190) – Marshall is Mr. Everything for the Mavericks. He was voted first team All-Wesco on both sides of the ball last season, and will be counted on for the same production this year.

Drew Tingstad QB (’17, 6’4 220) – Tingstad is the unquestioned leader of the Mavericks and the coaches really put the offense on his shoulders. While Marshall is the most talented player on offense, Tingstad is likely the most important.

Haelin Roberts FS/WR (’17, 5’8 170) – Roberts is the anchor of the defense. He controls everything from the secondary forward and returns after being named 2nd team All-Wesco a year ago.

Quinton Bourgette LB (’17, 5’11 190) – Bourgette is the emotional leader defensively. He is a captain and will be expected to set the tone with his physical play.

Zach Plummer TE (’17, 6’2 185) – Plummer returns as probably Tingstad’s most reliable target. He was first team All-Wesco a year ago following a 37 reception, 451 yard season.

 

Outlook

Matt Leonard beings his second season as head coach after coming over from Foster, and is looking to build on a 5-5 record.

QB Drew Tingstad has a strong arm, makes good decisions with the ball. While he may not be asked to carry the offense, the Mavericks will need balance to keep the opponents from stacking the box.

RB Kela Marshall is one of the state’s more underrated athletes. He has the ability to outrun the defense, but it is his downhill running style that the coaches love the most.

Giving a change of pace in the backfield will be Jashon Butler (’18, 5’7 160). He is a speedster that is great in space and will add a more dynamic element to the offense.

Zach Plummer is one of the better TE’s in the area and gives Tingstad a great target up the middle, while Haelin Roberts gets the start in the slot and provides speed and good hands.

Will Schafer (’18) is jack-of-all-trades for the Mavericks as he can play any spot at WR or DB.

The offensive line will be young and very inexperienced with Bryce Chapman being the only senior in the group.

Meadowdale has a new voice on defense as former University of Washington defensive back Toure’ Butler takes over as coordinator, and the Mavs could be very good. They have a great mix of youth and experience and are talented across the board.

Up front they get Jeremiah Ku (’18, 6’0 245) back after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. Levi Kowalski (’17) anchors the middle of the DL and will be tough against the run.

Linebackers are where the Mavs will make their money. They return three starting backers with Kela Marshall, Quinton Bourgette and Ryan Newsom (’17). All three fly to the ball and really bring the hammer when they get there.

The defensive backfield will be rather young, but very talented. Haelin Roberts returns at FS after a three INT junior campaign. Roberts will be a steadying influence on the rest of the secondary.

SS Jaxon Foltz (’18, 6’1 190) is one you will want to keep an eye on. He is a very good lacrosse player making his way to the gridiron and should bring a tough mentality. Corner Jashon Butler really began to make a statement as a lockdown corner during the offseason, while Jayden Jackson (’19) brings length and physical to the other side.

Bottom Line: Wesco 3A South looks tough this year, but Meadowdale is one of those programs that always finds a way to get into the playoffs. If the offensive line can gel, Marshall could be a league MVP candidate, which would mean great things for the Mavs. Final two weeks of the season vs EW and @ Snoho could very well decide their fate.

 

Key Games

10/7 vs Lynnwood
10/21 vs Edmonds-Woodway
10/28 @ Snohomish

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