ERIE — Mead’s Logan Anderson ran for forever and his team went nowhere.
Despite running for more than 100 yards, Anderson and the Mavericks were shut out by host No. 8 Erie 24-0 Friday night.
“I’ve just got to do a better job of coaching our offense,” Mead coach Jason Klatt said. “That entails that I have to do a better job of coaching our kids.”
The Tigers (4-0) and their stingy defense have recorded shutouts in three of their first four games.
Erie coach Larry Gartrell says it’s a bend-not-break style of play.
“It’s good to give up some yards but still get a shutout,” Gartrell said. “Our guys flew around the ball and made some plays.”
Mead on the other hand had more yards, first downs and yards per attempt than Erie Friday. But thanks to four turnovers, a couple turnover-on-downs and spotty special teams, the Mavericks were never in the game despite Anderson’s 106 yards rushing on 21 carries.
All the scoring happened in the first half. And it all came from Erie.
In the first quarter, the Tigers capitalized on a turnover-on-downs by Mead, as Pedro Anderson capped off a 47-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown.
It was the longest offensive play of the game.
As a whole, he was part of a six-headed rushing attack that accumulated 155 yards — all coming mostly in the first half.
“It was good in the first half,” Gartrell said. “Just have to maintain that.”
Then, on the first play of the second quarter, Christian Mickey took a crooked Mead punt 80 yards for the score.
And to think, at first, he was going to just let it go.
“Yeah, usually I’d let those go,” said Mickey who caught the line drive punt at his own 20. “I saw the ball playing short and then went off. It was an in the moment thing. Usually I’d let it go, but glad I didn’t.”
Ryne Atkins leaned in from 1-yard out with 7 minutes to go in the half and Ethan Mezler knocked through a 37-yard field goal as the half expired.
The four scoring drives from Erie came off a turnover on downs, a fumble, another fumble and a 7-yard punt.
“We weren’t good enough,” Klatt said.
No. 8 Erie faces undefeated No. 9 Northridge next week, and the Mavericks face winless Skyview.
ERIE 24, MEAD 0
At Erie H.S.
Mead (1-3) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Erie (4-0) 7 17 0 0 — 24
Erie — Pedro Anderson 22 run (Ethan Mezler kick).
Erie — Christian Mickey 80 punt return (Mezler kick)
Erie — Ryne Atkins 1 run (Mezler kick).
Erie — Mezler 37 FG.
First downs 7 11
Rushes-yards 35-155 25-122
Passing yards 12 55
Compt-Att-Int 2-4-1 5-11-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 3-1
Penalties-Yards 4-20 4-25
RUSHING — Erie: Mickey 7-21, Jensen 6-8, Atkins 9-58, Ramey 3-39, Anderson 10-52, Lyle, 10–27; Mead: Couch 4-16 , Anderson 21-106.
PASSING — Erie: Lyle 2-4 12, Anderson; Mead: Mitchell 5-11 55
RECEIVING — Erie: Dotson 12; Mead: Cheung 4-40, Anderson 2-5 Mead 1-10.