Union Dominates Meadowdale 49-7 Advances To 3A Semifinals

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 21, 2009

Union + running clock x 7 = Tacoma Dome.

The Union Titans invoked the WIAA’s running clock for the seventh time this season (second this post season) as they manhandled the visiting Meadowdale Mavericks 49-7.

Union RB/WR Nathaniel Penaranda had 201 yards rushing and 4 TD… in the first half.

Blake Russell added 3 more rushing TD for the Titans in the win.

Penaranda opened the scoring with a 56 yard TD run on the Titans opening drive. He had runs from 1, 10 and 21 later in the game.

Union did not punt until the middle of the 4th quarter.

Union’s defense absolutely shut down the Mavs running game. Led by LB Zach Strausbaugh, and Taylor Nelson Union held Meadowdale to just 61 first half yards and only 3 first downs.

With the win Union improves to 11-1. The Titans will play the winner of tonights Glacier Peak/Bellevue game Friday, 7:30 pm in the Taacoma Dome.

Meadowdale falls to 11-1 with the loss. The Mavericks season is over.

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Rushing — Meadowdale: Naji Moore-Taylor 19-78; Union: Penaranda 12-200, Russell 10-75, Brandon Brody-Heim 4-38.
Passing — Meadowdale: McDonald 8-15-0-64; Union: Brandon Weller 4-8-0-120.
Receiving — Meadowdale; Werner 5-39, Connor Hamlett 1-12, Kegan Larsen 1-7, Sam Thomas 1-6; Union: Penaranda 1-37, T.J. Boatright 1-31, Taylor Nelson 1-29, Mitch Saylor 1-18.

First quarter

U – Nathaniel Penaranda 56 run (Jed Barnett kick)

U – Penaranda 1 run (Barnett kick)

Second quarter

U – Blake Russell 1 run (Barnett kick)

U – Penaranda 10 run (Barnett kick)

U – Penaranda 21 run (Barnett kick)

U – Blake Russell 6 run (Barnett kick)

Third quarter

U – Blake Russell 9 run (Barnett kick)

Forth quarter

M – Danny McDonald 5 run (Sam Werner kick)

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69 Responses to “Union Dominates Meadowdale 49-7 Advances To 3A Semifinals”

  1. DCGardner on November 21st, 2009 7:28 pm

    Well well well Ladies and Gentlemen.

    It would seem that Mavericks didn’t live up to what little hype they had after all.

    Naji was stopped, utterly. That guy couldn’t even break a big play on the 2nd string D. The passing game was stopped until the 2nd half when 2nd string was in as well.

    Oh and the Titans O was out there as well, if you didn’t notice the Black Blur’s moving on the field.

    And no real mistakes from the Titans tonight, that is good, REAL good. Gotta keep that up.

    I wanna hear what everyone else thought of the game too… Specifically the Maverick fans… What happened out there guys?

  2. U Fan on November 21st, 2009 7:36 pm

    Where was Dale in the Airstream? Hiding back behind the visitors side? Geez, I wanted to meet that guy! That was an AWESOME game those boys are on fire…we’re ready for Bellevue. Go TITANS!

  3. Union mom on November 21st, 2009 7:39 pm

    Titans! We are sooo proud of U! Now have a strong week of practice, and believe that you can do it! On to the Tacoma Dome! Details of the tailgate party coming soon! Go U!

  4. UDad on November 21st, 2009 7:45 pm

    Congrats U………………Bring on Bellevue!

  5. Ufan on November 21st, 2009 7:52 pm

    heck yes!
    great job union!

  6. Union Dad on November 21st, 2009 8:39 pm

    Great Job Titans! Looks like a rematch with Bellevue (currently 20-0 at the half).
    Gotta hand it to the mavericks, just as people all week have said , you guy’s have not seen a team like Union.
    Looks like the best are rising to the top Union, Lakes, Liberty and if the trend stands, Bellevue, should be one hell of a weekend for football next week in the DOME.
    This is amazing not one condescending remark from the Camas crowd, oh that’s right, wait till next year.
    Congratulations Boy’s you showed once again why you are the best in the GSHL 3A, 4a, whateverA.
    Mark Miller

  7. ... on November 21st, 2009 9:03 pm

    is there such thing as a “mercy rule” in highschool football? where if a team scores so many more points than another in a half (i think thats how it goes)

  8. ... on November 21st, 2009 9:03 pm

    than the game is ended early?

  9. Casual Observer on November 21st, 2009 9:08 pm

    No mercy rule, but with a 45 point lead, the clock keeps running except for time outs, end of quarter, and after a score.

  10. 40 on November 21st, 2009 9:08 pm

    enjoy your win Union Dad, it was impressive. I think you guys really have a shot against bellvue and almost want to root for you. But then you remind me why its tough for me to root for you by bring up Camas in your post. You rant and rave about camas people being jerks and classless and act the same way yourself most of the time. talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  11. ... on November 21st, 2009 9:09 pm

    ok I heard someone sayin somthing about that and I got curious thnx tho

  12. UDad on November 21st, 2009 9:15 pm

    Bellevue -34 Glacier Peak -7…..final

    Lakes -v- Liberty……………….next week………….Bellevue -v- Union…………great semifinal games

  13. SW Washington Fan on November 21st, 2009 9:19 pm

    I posted the comments below in the section regarding Mitch Saylors article on this site. I’m posting an alternate version here as well…

    I’m disheartened to see negative barbs aimed at players and schools on this forum. I am a Union fan…my son will attend Union next year. That said however, I am also a fan of the other area schools.

    When they announced that CR won the soccer championship tonite at the Union game, a good round of applause was given by those at the game. The point being, I am glad to see success by all GSHL schools in all sports.

    When GSHL schools succeed in athletics and academics, it bolsters the entire region. I will cheer Union in all their endeavors, but if another school has greater success, I will cheer them on to, simply because I want to see our local/regional kids succeed. My mantra…Go Union, but if not Union, then another local school.

    My loyalty is with Union, but I will not criticize, or tear down individual players or programs because of their success, instead, I will wish them all continued success. All of us in this region should!

    Great game tonight against Meadowdale. Good luck in the next round. Best wishes to Skyview also in their historic playoff run. Again, congrats to River on the soccer championship. All of you athletes make your respective schools, parents and region proud.

  14. frogger on November 21st, 2009 9:26 pm

    sw wahington fan,
    peace and love, you make me wanna barf.
    p.s. who gives a rip about soccer?

  15. DCGardner on November 21st, 2009 9:35 pm

    I hear soccer is big in Europe…

    But really it is becoming a bigger phenomenon around here as well. Just stop by the Harmony Sports Complex next Saturday and tell me I’m wrong. The worse part of it is the suicidal soccer mom drivers.

    Oh and before I forget…



  16. Knute on November 21st, 2009 9:43 pm

    Frogger, I think you will find that your in the minority with your opinion.This is a football site, so I’ll keep this brief. What the River girls did is actually very inspiring. They finished 3rd in this district and ended up State Champion. I don’t care what sport your talking about, there is a terrific story in there somewhere & I would love to know more them. Discussing it here is a bad idea, because so many are too quick to jump down other people’s throats, so I will wait for Paul Valencia to do it justice as he always does. To answer your question about who cares about soccer? I do tonight, and so should you.

  17. K on November 21st, 2009 9:50 pm

    As usual the puget sound area thinks they are superior…they found out w/skyview and union that they are not even close!!!!!!!!!!!haha I’ll bet they didn’t even “scout” our teams because they were soooo sure of themselves!!!!

  18. SW Washington Fan on November 21st, 2009 9:52 pm

    To Frogger:

    LOL…I am the least “Peace and Love” kind of guy…trust me. But, I’m older with kids now and I like to see them succeed. I also like to see other local kids succeed…in all sports. My point you obviously missed.

    With respect to soccer, I shared your “who cares about soccer” attitude in my younger days. But when I’ve watched my son play premiere level soccer and my daughter will too, I’ve learned to appreciate the sport.

    Your comment to me just confirms your a moron and probably just a pup. You have yet to experience the wonder of cheering on and watching your kids (and other kids) succeed on whatever field they’re on.

    If your not a pup..then you’re probably the type that never played, only criticized.

    I told you I was not a “Peace and Love” kind of guy..

    Go Union! Beat Bellevue!!!

  19. K on November 21st, 2009 10:21 pm

    anytime a gshl team wins or even plays in a state meet is great for our area…remember these are just kids..young people..participating and having fun and sometimes the times of their lives!!!!! congratulations to all..we are soooo proud of you!!!!

  20. K on November 21st, 2009 10:25 pm

    SWWA fan..i hadn’t read your posting before i posted mine, but i agree w/you .. GO STORM and union

  21. Fan of the U on November 21st, 2009 10:39 pm

    Bro MD and Dale- scoreboard.
    Are you believers now?
    I’m going to stop now- it’s too easy.

  22. SW Washington Fan on November 21st, 2009 11:17 pm

    4A state champs: Skyview Storm

    3A state champs: Union Titans

    Wouldn’t that awesome? [heck] ya….

  23. Maverick Fan on November 21st, 2009 11:38 pm

    Ok…I am Union believer. If that is not the best team in the state I can’t picture a better one.

    Meadowdale’s lines (their weakness) was utterly dominated on both sides of the ball. Our kids were litterally rolled. I saw our fullback bounce backwards twice.

    I am most impressed with your big man in the middle and your linebackers…WOW

    I do not see a weakness on your team… not one…

    So – please bring down kingco…

    good luck in the T dome!

  24. Maverick Fan on November 21st, 2009 11:39 pm

    Oh…and your band kicked [but] too!

  25. The U on November 21st, 2009 11:42 pm

    Union played flawless..They dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage and had no turnovers..They all seemed to be totally in sync together as a unit…They play like that against Bellevue and it will be a “clipped wing T”

  26. Camas Fan on November 21st, 2009 11:51 pm

    Good luck union! i think its going to be a good game and im sure you will represent all of gshl football well.

  27. ha! on November 21st, 2009 11:53 pm

    Ha! Union thinks they have a chance against bellevue!!! what a laugh. They may be a good team but look at the teams they have played in post-season!! if you can be proud because union beat a few lousy teams…..whatever makes you happy.
    Hey, it might be smart NOT to hit the ref with the football this time….just a suggestion =)

  28. DCGardner on November 22nd, 2009 12:01 am

    Mav Fan,

    You played a great game and never gave up, and when your getting beat like that, its hard to not lose hope.

    Props for your team’s heart and drive. Good season nonetheless too, a lot to be proud of.

  29. Maverick Fan on November 22nd, 2009 12:11 am

    DC – thanks…

    not sure if it was a great game…but very impressed with your team. its hard to get our skill guys going when there is no time.

  30. football fan on November 22nd, 2009 12:21 am

    You guys outplayed us – pure and simple – you were bigger and faster. We had many sick players, even coach stewart was sick – the end result would have been the same (Your win) but we might have been able to rally a little better if the key players were not sick….

    I wish you well on your quest for state. I hear next year you may go 4A? Frankly after watching your guys tonight I think they could take on the Huskies…Very impressive

  31. football fan1 on November 22nd, 2009 12:26 am

    It was something to see – I felt bad for our guys but could not help but be impressed with your players. When I saw how large your team is – I knew we didn’t stand a chance. What impressed me even more was your band. They were terrific. I hope you go all the way so that we can say we were beaten by the best!

  32. ha! on November 22nd, 2009 12:27 am

    ok football fan, let’s not go too far. Union is a good team but they would get crushed by even the worst college team…
    stop trying to put them up because you lost. it makes your team look worse and shows you have no pride in them.
    Union hasn’t had any good competition but for TWO games the entire season, skyview and camas. I think they don’t remember how tough bellvue was and are going to go in with their heads blown up from 3 blow-outs against poor teams. Belluvue is smart, they have played in many playoff games and many championship games. Sorry, but when it comes down to it, Union just isn’t up to scrap to compete against a top team like bellvue
    Even though i think union will lose, good luck next week.

  33. Mavfan1 on November 22nd, 2009 12:37 am

    Your team was great – what I can’t figure out is why your coach would not send film up for the Mavericks to view? Every other school shared film but Union refused……..

  34. SkyR#1fanCapCoug on November 22nd, 2009 12:43 am

    Union will be 4A according to my sources once they have a senior class or something. I’ve heard 2,000 students, but freshman aren’t in the enrollment process, just sophomore and juniors in Union’s case.

    Lakes, Union, and Bellevue in the Final 4 again. Some things don’t change :) Wish the best.

  35. GSHL Football Fan on November 22nd, 2009 1:01 am

    Mavfan1, our coaching staff sent you our last 3 games and if you look at the comment from your own players they said that we looked big and physical on film. Your team sent down your last 3 games also, we also were at your game last week to film. I was shocked that we did not see your coaching staff at our game with Capital. Your boys should be very proud of what they acomplished this year and I wish you luck next year.

  36. The U on November 22nd, 2009 1:23 am

    end of the day ..speculation doesn’t win football games..coaches and players do..not fans…. I was at the Bellevue vs Union game last year and I can’t think of a better team for Union to play…I’m sure they have done lots of homework on Bellevue after last years championship game against them..Last year they ran iinto a buzz saw with the wing T..This year i’m sure they will be better prepared for a non passing team..Go Titans

  37. Maverick Fan on November 22nd, 2009 1:25 am

    Gshl Football – Not a huge deal…but no film was “exchanged” – an assistant was sent down for the game an 9+ hours away from his family..(Piland actually refused to exchange film)…in the age of email, next day air, and the internet this could have been easily avoided.
    Not to classy…

    Meadowdale ended up with 7+ games of film (not that it helped in the least) because Stewart is a good guy knows way to many people and has been at this for 20+ years… and I am pretty sure this film has already been sent off to Bellevue.

    Had 3 games been “exchanged” – meadowdale probably wouldn’t have tried to get more. Yes – I understand in this game it made no difference. But the shady act may cost Union in the long run.

  38. Just Sayin' on November 22nd, 2009 1:44 am

    Well, if that’s the case Coach Butch could use them. Here’s a quote from him in an interview after the Glacier Peak game. When asked what he knows about Union he said ‘well, we saw them last year and they’re dirtbags like us. They run a lot of spread and some wing T’ That’s kind of a puzzling statement, but I’m sure your tapes will help him out with that.

  39. The U on November 22nd, 2009 1:45 am

    Maverick fan..Congatulations on a nice undefeated regular season…film is why you lost????…

  40. uniontitans on November 22nd, 2009 8:41 am

    I think the wing T wont do as good as it did last year. First off we were a new team and those players never had to play something lke it. Second Our team has a better defence this year and theres is not as good.

  41. Just Sayin' on November 22nd, 2009 8:44 am

    The U…clearly he has stated that it would have made no difference. Meadowdale is to be congratulated for having an outstanding season.

    We all know it wasn’t a fair fight, Union is in a unique situation of having a special class of Seniors who have gained an advantage by playing 3 years of varsity ball and really the school should be 4A, which will be the case in future years. We should celebrate this season for sure, as so many of us have looked forward to this particular time since the school was opened. But, let’s not get too full of ourselves. MD is a legitimate top ten 3A school. Union would be among the top 4A schools in the State. There IS a difference!

    Continued success, Meadowdale! Union, let’s get focused on a big challenge next week.

  42. Titan Mom on November 22nd, 2009 8:52 am

    Congratulations Union here you go again, another trip to the Dome!!! Have fun and practice smart this week. Looking forward to Friday.

    Also Congratulations to Meadowdale, be proud you made it to the quarterfinals. You are awesome as well.

  43. Armchair QB on November 22nd, 2009 8:59 am

    Maverick fans, we salute you for having the courage to monitor this site. Now you know how Columbia River (and many others) felt after the Titans dished out a similar running-clock beat-down on them. Union is big, strong, talented and extremely motivated by last year’s state championship game. But most importantly, they are a TEAM first! For those of you with a Facebook account, I offer this inspirational “Gladiator” video from the Navy Football team: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/video/video.php?v=751828851917

  44. Seattle Sam on November 22nd, 2009 9:51 am

    Mr. Nathan Penaranda, you are incredible. What an outstanding display of speed, power and grace. At 1:34, 3:05 & 4:38 in the video you made the hair stand up on my neck. Where were you last year before the state title game? Were you injured the whole year? Can someone tell me why a player like this doesn’t see the field for 95% of the season? (unless my research is incorrect) Holy crap….you would start in any program in the state…WA or OR. Please someone out there help me with this as I am from up north and am amazed with this football team called Union from Vancouver. Why would a coach keep a player like this from the field with such amazing talent?

    I love this site and have become an avid follower of these Vancouver teams because there is so much info and videos to boot. Very impressed. What a dominating performance in a quarterfinal game. Union’s offensive line looked like they are pretty amazing to open the holes they did in this video for all the backs. My money is on Union this year for the state title. Great offense, smothering defense and veteran players who got to the big dance last year. I will see you at the Tacoma Dome! Great Job and GO BEAT BELLEVUE!

  45. Union Mom on November 22nd, 2009 10:16 am

    Seattle Sam,
    Here’s an article that appeared in our local paper on Friday. It explains what happened to Nathanial last year. http://www.columbian.com/article/20091120/SPORTS02/711209950/-1/sportslocal

  46. GSHL FANATIC on November 22nd, 2009 10:18 am

    What a way to go out Union. Last game at McKenzie…utter domination of an undefeated opponent. Phenomenal Thanks for the memories! See you in Tacoma!

  47. Casual Observer on November 22nd, 2009 10:22 am

    Short message to the Union boys. You have a very unique opportunity this year to play Bellevue. They are not quite at their peak, and you boys certainly are. Having said that, you will have to play perfect football just to compete with those guys. Perfect football means no turnovers and most of all no stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. As a fan, it is so frustrating watching some of the stupid things you do. You may get away with it vs lesser teams, but if you do it against Bellevue they will pound you.

    Clean it up boys and teach those guys a lesson.

  48. Knute on November 22nd, 2009 10:40 am

    Hey Bryan, any chance we can get a ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ button ala’ Facebook? I’d love to let Casual Observer & Seattle Sam know that I agree with their posts without having to actually post something. Just a suggestion…

  49. football fan on November 22nd, 2009 11:03 am

    Ha – My statement was not taking anything away from our team- our team made history (for our school) they are the first team to go 11-0 ever. We are tremendously proud of them. We had a good show of support in the visitor stands which is a testament to our support and pride. I am on the Union site paying homage to an incredible team. I was not the only one on our side that said Union could probably play the Huskies and win. In reality could they, probably not, but they were most definitely VERY impressive.

  50. Maverick fan on November 22nd, 2009 11:08 am

    U – no the film is not why we lost, with or without film exchange you would have won. I just found it curious that your coaching staff was not cooperative. If I had your team I would send out any and all film to whoever wanted it.

  51. Union Dad on November 22nd, 2009 11:42 am

    Football fan,
    Thanks for the compliment, your boys have no reason to hang their heads, they played hard, did not give up, for goodness sakes they played in the quarter final game. People have to remember the teams playing can only play the schedule that is put in front of them, your team did and a 11-1 season is something to be proud of. To the fans that made it down, good job, still waiting for the dog Dale.
    good luck next year.
    NOW, for the gumba that said our coach did not send film, they send what is required, nothing more, nothing less, and by the score and play on the field, film would not have helped a whole lot, quit making excuses, the best team won, period.
    As for Ha, your an idiot!

  52. Football fan on November 22nd, 2009 12:07 pm

    Union Dad – not making excuses was just curious about the film. Not a big deal…
    being new to football, I like to understand and always ask questions…

  53. spainwa on November 22nd, 2009 1:20 pm

    Couldn’t make the game. What is the comment about hitting the ref with the ball ? What unsportsmanlike penalties were there ?

  54. bill on November 22nd, 2009 1:31 pm

    i think the Union Vs. Bellevue game should be good. Bellevue completely dominated last time but bellevue lost alot more players from last year compared to union who olny lost a few players. Mabye it will be 35-14 instead of 35-7 this time. GO BELLEVUE!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Spinning 'Round on November 22nd, 2009 1:33 pm

    Meadowdale had no chance. It was too bad we couldn’t see a battle of great athletes. The skill positions were even on both sides, it was the big men that made the difference. Not many teams can match up with the U’s line. Camas was the closest but I wouldn’t even give them credit. I see why Werner (4), Moore (1), McDonald (10), and Hamlet (84) were all league, they just had no where to go. Give Meadowdale the line of the U and they do very well in that game. But we’re not giving up anyone :)

  56. Bryan Levesque on November 22nd, 2009 1:44 pm

    “it might be smart NOT to hit the ref with the football this time….just a suggestion =)”

    He is talking about last years title game. Union looked to be able to move the ball in the 1st quarter when Mitch Saylor had just picked up a first down. Then Weller tried to hit a wide open Derek Adams but the ball hit the ref in the head.

    watch here, 2nd play


  57. World Of Warcraft Fan on November 22nd, 2009 1:49 pm

    To clearify Excessive celebration that was called against union against the mavericks. Was there was no dance or anything like that in the endzone. The referee simply said no chest bumps or high fives. But clearly you can see skyview and every other team in GSHL do the same. Doesn’t make sense to me since all teams and union have been doing that since the season started and why a team can’t congratulate eachother on a touchdown like that. Terrible call.

  58. Knute on November 22nd, 2009 2:14 pm

    World…I agree, but I wouldn’t lump Skyview in there as much. They seem to be a very mature, serious-minded team that doesn’t seem prone to too much celebration. Which is good, means they’re not satisfied. But, the chest bump thing Camas took it to the next level this year. Must have done it 15-20 times in the Union game. NOT ONE CALL! Union did it once on that defensive stop — TWEET…throw the flag! HUH? New life for Camas because of some idiot’s interpretation of a STUPID rule. I know you ref’s read this blog, so here’s a message to you local clowns, STOP trying to influence the outcome of these games! oh, and how about paying attention while your out there.

    The guys last night missed a clear catch for Saylor on the MD sideline, but then called a clear incompletion good for Boatright. Hey, way to go morons! Oh, but good thing you caught that personal foul that had offended NO ONE!

    Your decisions affect the game. The players work too hard, the coaches make too much of a sacrifice for you guys to come in & half-ass it. Why couldnt the Referee last night consult with the back judge & get that Boatright ‘reception’ corrected? I would support that, and that means that call goes against my team, but it would have been the correct thing to do.

    If your gonna put on the stripes, get out there & do the job right or please…we’re all begging you…don’t show up at all!

  59. Gshl spectator on November 22nd, 2009 2:22 pm

    Zach Strausbaugh is the greatest man to ever live.

  60. Casual Observer on November 22nd, 2009 3:24 pm

    Knute, I was on the sideline and only yards away from the Saylor catch. I can honestly say I would have ruled it an incomplete pass as well. It was just such a close play and happened so fast. Watching it on tape, I see it was a catch, and a great one at that. Those guys have a tough job and don’t have the benefit of replay or the angle you have in the stands. Having said that, I saw a couple of calls that were made by guys across the field when the ref right on top of the play called nothing. I will never figure out that mentality. FYI, the interpretation of the excess celebration call was that it extended from the end zone and back to the huddle. I do still disagree with it though.

  61. spainwa on November 22nd, 2009 4:38 pm

    Thanks Bryan. I remember the pass quite well. Derek had a lot of green in front of him.

  62. WSU.MJ on November 22nd, 2009 6:25 pm

    I spent $8 on that game and knew that it was going to be over quickly. Meadowdale had to come from behind to beat River. Tough way to suffer your first lose of the season. For a team that was ranked #6 in the state, they would have finished in 3rd place in the GSHL.

  63. U fan/ Dad on November 22nd, 2009 10:59 pm

    Seattle Sam!
    I agree with you 100%!!! Penaranda is an absolute animal! I litterally go to the games just to see what Nathanial Penaranda will do this week. I told his sparents at the beginning of the season that that kid is by far the best runner on that team and it is clearly obvious from the stands especially after his four touch downs last night in Unions victory over Meadowdale. Speed, agility, quickness, explosive!

    I to am baffled at why they dont run the wheels of that kid?! If my ultimate goal is to slotter opponents why wouldnt I put the ball in his hands every touch?

    NEVERMIND, I just read the article on WHY…… I will have my own rooting section for Nathan this week end in Tacoma. My banners will say “42 Panda- Rama”, or, “42 Panda- monium”

    Oh by the way, My Son does play for Union as well but he is J.V. and has front row seats to all the games. He knows he is blessed to be a part of such an amazing program. GO TITANS!!!!

  64. BRO of MD on November 22nd, 2009 11:32 pm

    Congratulations Union! That was an AWESOME performance on Saturday. What can I say?!

    Damn you for going for it on 4th and 3 on the first drive and breaking for a 56 yards TD?!?!! ;) Even though it was the first drive of the game, it was a real spirit breaker and just set a very bad tone.

    Man, I don’t know what we were thinking with that wildcat play…that was a new one. We should’ve stuck to our guns and tried to get around your corners instead of going up the gut. I think if we would’ve kept pounding away at the corners, we would’ve made it a little more interesting. It would’ve allowed our passing game to open up a little I think. We’ve been playing that way all year but our game plan against you guys totally changed. I’m not saying we would’ve won, but pounding on your corners is something we should’ve done — and kept doing.

    Defensively, I just don’t know what we could have done to slow you down.

    Your O and D lines are crazy good, I can’t wait to come watch you guys play Bellevue. I’m rooting for you guys big time. I know I know, I was talking all that smack about Bellevue kicking your butts last year. I was just trying to get in your heads by reminding you of it. Had to try. I’m gonna go down and support you guys against Bellevue…not because you crushed us, but because I really really don’t like Bellevue. I’m west side to the heart (Seattle) so I naturally don’t like them east side Bellevue riff raft.

    I gotta say — the one thing, above all, that bums me out about Saturday is that you guys didn’t get to see my brother, Danny McDonald, show you what he can do with a football. He was nothing short of remarkable this season. Especially when you consider that he waited 3 years on defense to get that QB job (from upper classmen that were solid QB’s). Remember him because if decides to play ball at the next level (whether he’s recruited or walks on), I think you’ll hear his name. He’s that kind of raw talent and has the drive that makes good athletes great.

    Anyways, good luck against Bellevue. I’ll be down there with my MD gear on so say hi. ;)

  65. DCGardner on November 23rd, 2009 8:23 am

    Well this is much better discussion then what I am seeing over at the Times forum. I think I am going to start posting there as well to see if those people can respond to some sanity.

  66. fan on November 23rd, 2009 11:55 am

    What is the difference between 4A players and 3A players?

  67. Bryan Levesque on November 23rd, 2009 12:40 pm

    There is not really any difference in the players. The size of the school’s enrollment determines what level that school plays at. from 1B (8-man), 2B (really small, 1A, 2A, 3A up to 4A (the states largest schools).

    So, doing the math you should get more good players if you have more to choose from. But a “2A player” such as Hockinson’s Nick Cody started on the OL for the Oregon Ducks this year.

  68. fan on November 23rd, 2009 1:41 pm

    Thanks! I thought maybe it was something like that

  69. Fan of the U on November 23rd, 2009 3:53 pm

    Bro – props to you for showing back up. I will look for you in the dome and we can be thankful for a fun season.

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