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By Lee Hughes
Staff reporter 

Cardinal football squad falls to Freeman

 

Last updated 10/10/2019 at 11:23am



MEDICAL LAKE – The Medical Lake football squads season continued as it has in previous games when the traveled to Rockford on Friday night, Oct. 4, where they endured a 56-8 pounding by the 2-1 Freeman Scotties.

Freeman came out from the first whistle fast and furious, scoring 26 points — one off a 50 yard interception with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter — for a 26-0 score going into the second quarter.

Stunned but not broken, the Cardinal defense managed to hold the Scotties to a lone 27-yard field goal in the second for a 29-0 score going into the halftime break.

But Freeman wasn’t done. Coming back onto the field in the second half, they stuck almost exclusively to their ground game, scoring yet another 20 points before the end of the third quarter.

And again, much like the second quarter, the Card defense held Freeman to a single touchdown run in the fourth quarter before Medical Lake finally scored — too little too late — on a Eugene Haas to Jalijah Meacham pass into the end zone with 5:28 left in the game.

While time of possession was nearly the same for both teams, the standout statistic — there were many — was yards, both total and rushing. Freeman was 45 for 432 rushing yards to Medical Lake’s 17 for 2. Quarterback Eugene Haas lead Cardinal rushing with eight yards, followed by running back Mason Hammond with three. Other Medical Lake rushers were held to zero or pushed back for negative yardage.

Nor did it help that the Cards were also intercepted four times and fumbled twice.

The Scotties played an aggressive game, being penalized 20 times for 195 yards that the Cardinal’s were unable to capitalize on.

In the air both teams were relatively equal with Freeman passing for 134 yards, 12 more the Medical Lake. But the Scotties seemed to have scouted well, especially Ashton Hamilton-Becker — while he went seven of 21 for 64 yards, he also threw all of the Cards interceptions. Haas went 4 for 5 for 59 yards and the single touchdown pass.

On the receiving end, running back Joe Griffey led in Cardinal receiving with four catches for 47 yards. Wide receivers Colby Wren and Kaleb Vinson, who together racked up 269 yards on Hamilton-Becker passes two weeks ago against Lakeside, were held to 43 and 21 yards respectively. Jalijah Meacham was 1 for 12.

Head coach Jeremy Bahr could not be reached for comment by press time.

Medical Lake hosts the Newport Grizzlies (0-2, 3-2) in another league game tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Cardinal’s homecoming game at Holliday Field.

Lee Hughes can be reached at lee@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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