Columbia River Can’t Hold On To First Half Lead As Season Ends With 27-17 Loss At Meadowdale

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 14, 2009

The Columbia River Chieftains went into Saturday nights first round playoff game with 10-0 Meadowdale as heavy underdogs. The Mavericks were going to blow out the 5-5 Chieftains on their way to a Quarterfinals match up with Union. Well someone forgot to tell Columbia River the script.

Columbia River did lose 27-17, and Meadowdale will be playing the Titans next weekend at McKenzie Stadium, but there was to be no blow out.

After Meadowdale missed a 34 yard FG on their opening drive, the Chieftains went 80 yards in 5 plays and took the early 7-0 lead. QB Neil Daly, connected with WR Wyatt Brinkman from 4 yard out. Daly made big passes to Alec Pollen (31 yards) and Theisen Chang (40 yards) on the drive.

Meadowdale went on the march on their next drive, only to have it come to an abrupt end when Marcus Rodriguez picked off Mavs QB Danny McDonald and ran it back 45 yards to the Meadowdale 25. Kicker Steven Hughes hit a 48 yard FG to give the Chieftains a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

Meadowdale answered back as the Mavs drove 80 yards in 9 plays as RB Naji Moore-Taylor scored from 18 yards out to cut the lead to 10-7.

Not wanting to be outdone, the Chieftains then drove 70 yards in 11 plays to go back up by 10 when Daly hit Pollen from 12 yards out and a 17-7 lead with 4:30 to go before the half.

Unfortunately for River, that would be their last score of the game.

Meadowdale answered with a 72 yard drive in only 5 plays as McDonald hit Sam Warner from 18 yards out. Down 17-14, Meadowdale was in position to tie the game just before the half when Chang and Rodriguez blocked a 35 yard FG attempt.

In the second half River struggled to move the ball.

Meadowdale scored on their second possession of the half an 8 yard run by Moore-Taylor to go up 20-17 as Chang blocked the extra point. Meadowdale had run 17 plays in the half to River’s 4.

Following a River punt after the Mavs score, Meadowdale drove 64 yards and scored one last time, a 16 yard QB scramble by McDonald in the 4th quarter.

The Chieftains put together one last drive late in the game, going from their 1 to the Mavs 43, only to be stopped on a 4th and 1 QB sneak.

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Bryan – Meadowdale √

Mike – Meadowdale √

Columbia River


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First quarter
CR – Wyatt Brinkman 4 pass from Neil Daly (Steven Hughes kick)
CR – 48 FG Hughes
Second quarter
M – Naji Moore-Taylor 17 run (kick good)
CR – Alec Polen 12 pass from Daly (Hughes kick)
M – Sam Warner 18 pass from Danny McDonald (kick good)
Third quarter
M - Moore-Taylor 8 run (kick blocked)
Forth quarter
M – McDonald 16 run (kick good)

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2 Responses to “Columbia River Can’t Hold On To First Half Lead As Season Ends With 27-17 Loss At Meadowdale”

  1. pale on November 14th, 2009 10:27 pm

    does anyone know when the all-league picks will be out?

  2. Ketto on November 15th, 2009 3:39 am

    Surprisingly nice effort by River.

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