COLORADO SPRINGS - Mead found itself in a 7-0 hole just 38 seconds into its Class 3A first-round playoff game at The Classical Academy on Saturday night.
The Mavericks never fully recovered, eventually losing 48-38 to the No. 6 seed to end its season with an 8-3 record.
"Our running game brought our passing game into it," said Mead junior quarterback Riley Glynn, who threw touchdown passes of 39, 25 and 34 yards to three different receivers. "The line did a great job as well, and everyone just fought their butts off tonight, which helped us out a lot."
Glynn also rushed for a touchdown to help Mead rally from deficits of 13-0, 27-6, 34-12 and 41-18.
Senior tailback Dane Myers rushed for more than 100 yards, including touchdown runs of 7 and 3 yards, as well as a successful two-point conversion.
"(TCA) is a good offensive team and they have big guys on the line; we haven't handled anybody like that," said Meyers, who also starts at cornerback. "The fumble recovery at the beginning put us in a hole and that hurt."
No. 11 Mead moved the ball up and down the field with relative ease, converting 25 first downs, to 17 for TCA (8-3). Mead also controlled the time of possession, having the ball almost 31 minutes, compared to 17 for TCA.
TCA scored on its first five possessions to build a 34-18 halftime lead.
"We fought all night, but we just couldn't get the stops we needed," said Mead senior safety Scott Martinson. "I think we really played well, but it just didn't result in the numbers."
Mead's six first-half possessions resulted in a fumble, turnover on downs, 39-yard touchdown pass from Glynn to Luke Levine, blocked punt, 25-yard touchdown pass from Glynn to Ryan Lavanchy, and Myers' 7-yard touchdown run.
Mead's first possession of the second half was an 80-yard touchdown drive that took 20 plays and covered almost 10 minutes. The Mavericks converted five fourth downs on the drive.
"That shows what kind of heart we have," Glynn said. "When we have our backs shoved up against the wall we'll pop right back and do what we need to do to get a first down and see what happens next."
TCA senior quarterback Austin Bervig had a career-night, rushing for 162 yards on 13 attempts, including touchdown runs of 19 and 44 yards. He also threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Griffith late in the first quarter to put the Titans up 13-0.
"They weren't really accounting for me," Bervig said. "It just ended up being that our read stuff put them in a bind and it worked out for me."
Mead, which finished third in Northern League behind Roosevelt and Holy Family, was making it first playoff appearance since the program was resurrected in 2010. Jason Klatt, the brother of former University of Colorado quarterback and Fox television college football analyst Joel Klatt, has guided Mead the last four seasons.
"Our kids fought hard all year and it was a great year for us, and I am super proud of these guys," said Klatt, who is 22-18 in his four season with Mead. "We kept battling and we don't really care what the score is and what the situation is. We're going to keep playing four quarters.
"This game is going to do us wonders going forward. I love the kids at Mead and I love Mead High School. I'm all in."
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The Classical Academy 48, Mead 38
At The Classical AcademyMead 6 12 6 14 — 38
The Classical Academy 13 21 7 7 — 48
TCA — Ja. Hall 20 fumble recovery, Carlson kick. TCA — Griffith 34 pass from Bervig, kick fail. — Mead — Levine 39 pass from Glynn, kick fail.
TCA — Ja. Hall 5 run, Carlson kick. TCA — Bervig 19 run, Carlson kick. Mead — Lavanchy 25 pass from Glynn, kick fail. TCA — Bervig 44 run, Carlson kick. Mead — Myers 7 run, pass fail.
TCA — Weeks 1 run, Carlson kick. Mead — Glynn 3 run, run fail.
Mead — Myers 3 run, pass fail. TCA — Je. Hall 8 run, Carlson kick. Mead — Caraballo 32 pass from Glynn, Myers run.