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MEAD — The Mead football team knew it was facing a tough Eaton team on Friday.

Making matters worse, they had to take on the visiting Reds without two of their best athletes –Greg Rademacher and Logan Anderson. The result was a 48-0 loss that dropped them to an 0-2 start.

Mavericks senior Christian Carrillo, who led the team with 85 rushing yards, said the Mavericks missed their fallen comrades’ toughness.

“It’s rough, it hurts,” Carrillo said. “We had to step up. Some people stepped up, some people didn’t. I blew one of my assignments, and that was the first TD.”

Carrillo missed an assignment that resulted in a 69-yard touchdown on a short pass from Eaton’s Jaden Olearnick to Austin Ekeler on the second play of the game. After that, the mistakes kept coming. The Mavericks fumbled three times in the game, including a muffed punt that the Reds recovered for a touchdown. They also repeatedly handed the Reds good field position and allowed a 30-yard punt return for a touchdown.

“We crushed under the pressure,” Carrillo said. “That’s honestly how I felt like we played. We just crushed under the pressure. We didn’t come out mentally tough enough to play.”

Rademacher, a physical presence at tailback and linebacker, broke his hand in the Mavericks’ season opener against Valley. His return is doubtful for the Mavericks’ week three game against University. Anderson, perhaps the Mavericks’ fastest player, is out for the season with a broken ankle.

Even with Rademacher and Anderson, the Mavericks are undersized up front and running the ball would be tough. Down big early, and with what Mead coach Martin Clark described as “75 percent” of their offense sitting out, the Mavericks got a chance to test out their passing game. Quarterback Griffin Nelson went 6-of-16 for 57 yards. He threw an interception but also completed back-to-back passes to wide receivers TJ Stanchfield and Tate Aragon in the first quarter.

“That’s a good football team. They’re big and physical up front, and pound for pound, we weren’t going to be able to match up with them as well as we might other teams,” Clark said. “We knew going into the game we were going to have to throw the ball and I thought we were good about our passing game. It just didn’t turn out.”

The Mavericks had to get Nelson out of the pocket and away from the Reds’ blitzing linebackers, who sacked him three times.

The Mavericks will face University next Friday.

Brad Cochi can be reached at bcochi@times-call.com.

EATON 48, MEAD 0

At Mead H.S.

Eaton (1-1) 21 21 6 0 — 48

Mead (0-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

Eaton — Austin Ekeler 30-yard pass from Jaden Olearnick (Sean Earley kick).

Eaton — Lincoln Korell 11-yard run (Earley kick).

Eaton — Ekeler 4-yard run (Earley kick).

Second Quarter

Eaton — Ekeler 8-yard run (Earley kick).

Eaton — Ekeler 30-yard punt return (Earley kick).

Eaton — Jacob Smyth 6-yard run (Earley kick).

Third Quarter

Eaton — Riley Jones recovered muffed punt for touchdown (conversion unsuccessful).

EHS MHS

First downs 7 7

Rushes-yards 24-110 23-102

Passing yards 103 57

Comp-Att-Int 3-4-0 6-16-1

Punts-Avg. 1-53 3-36.6

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1

Penalties-Yards 6-45 5-55

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Eaton: Korell 5-28, Ekeler 6-30, Olearnick 2-9, Justin Hunteman 6-17, Smyth 5-26; Mead: Jeremy Rasmussen 5-6, Aaron Cheung 1- -2, Christian Carrillo 15-85, TJ Stanchfield 2-10.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Eaton: Olearnick 3-3-0-103, Estin McGraw 0-1-0-0; Mead: Griffin Nelson 6-16-1-57 yards.

RECEIVING — Eaton: Ekeler 1-69, Darin Foss 1-18, Korell 1-16; Mead: Cheung 2-7, Stanchfield 2-33, Tate Aragon 1-12.

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