MEAD — The Mead football team's schedule is tough, real tough.
With a host of ranked opponents and a heavy-hitting Tri-Valley League between them and the 2016 postseason, the Mavericks can scarcely afford to let any victories slip through their fingers. Coming off the program's first-ever playoff appearance in 2015, falling to Lewis-Palmer in Week 1 despite racking up 559 yards of offense wasn't how the Mavericks calculated rolling into their follow-up campaign.
The Mavericks have certainly established that they have one heck of an offense and they showed that with a dominating performance in Week 2. Continuing their offensive tear, the Mavericks (1-1) won a shootout with the Vista PEAK Bison (0-2) on the road 61-34 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season.
"We knew our offense would be good, but not this good," Mavericks junior tailback Nathan Mackey said. "It sounds cliché but it's really a team effort. We have three or four backs that rotate through, a great line and a great quarterback and we all work together. Everybody's contributing and when we're doing that, it's hard not to get yards."
The Mavericks offense that averaged just over 30 points per game in 2015 was in full effect again on Thursday, with Mackey leading the pack at 206 yards on the ground. It was safety Trace Lindemann, who intercepted two passes in the game, who kicked off the slugfest with a 58-yard interception return on the fifth play of the game.
After Lindemann opened the scoring, both offenses found their rhythm. Vista PEAK quarterback Derrick Smashum threw for 184 yards in the first half, accounting for three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. His third touchdown pass gave the Bison a brief one-point lead with two minutes left until halftime before Mavericks tailback Gino Musick reclaimed the lead with a 10-yard touchdown run.
"When we went down, they didn't get rattled," Mavericks head coach Jason Klatt said. "They just kept on pounding and that's the mantra that we preach."
In the second half, the Mavericks defense stiffened and held the Bison to 138 yards of total offense and six points. After halftime, Smashum completed just three of eight passing attempts while throwing two interceptions.
The Mavericks rushed for 261 yards in the third quarter and racked up 641 yards of total offense in the game. Quarterback Riley Glynn completed six of eight passing attempts for 139 yards and a pair of second-quarter touchdowns.
"We were doing great tonight," Mackey said. "I loved being a part of it."
The Mavericks will play at Thompson Valley (0-1) next Friday.
Mead 61, Vista PEAK 42
At Aurora Public Schools StadiumMead (1-1) 14 20 20 7 — 61
Mead — Trace Lindemann 58 interception return (Taylor Kamigaki kick). Vista PEAK — Dylan Holt 13 pass from Derrick Smashum (2-point pass intercepted). Mead — Nathan Mackey 1 run (Kamigaki kick).
Mead — Mackey 73 pass from Riley Glynn (kick missed). Vista PEAK — Derrick Smashum 40 run (Derrick Smashum run). Mead — Ryan Lavanchy 18 pass from Glynn (Kamigaki kick). Vista PEAK — JJ Augustus 11 pass from Derrick Smashum (Jayden Smith run). Vista PEAK — Holt 27 pass from Derrick Smashum (run short). Mead — Gino Musick 10 run (Kamigaki kick).
Mead — Musick 42 run (run short). Mead — Mackey 21 run (Kamigaki kick). Vista PEAK — Daniel Smashum 80 pass from Derrick Smashum (pass incomplete). Mead — Musick 2 run (Kamigaki kick).
Mead — Tyler Keys 6 run (Kamigaki kick).
RUSHING — Mead: Nathan Mackey 23-206, Gino Musick 12-112, Tyler Keys 13-146, Riley Glynn 10-34, Dominic Esters 1-4. Vista PEAK: Troy Davis 5-17, Derrick Smashum 14-72, Jayden Smith 7-14.
PASSING — Mead: Riley Glynn 6-8-0-139. Vista PEAK: 20-39-3-291, Ethan Applegate 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Mead: Nathan Mackey 2-78, Ryan Lavnanchy 1-18, Derrick Edwards 1-13, Dominic Esters 1-10. Vista PEAK: Daniel Smashum 7-121, Dylan Holt 6-64, Tyshun Hamilton 3-62, JJ Augustus 4-44.