Medical Lake football jumps on Pioneers early, takes 42-13 victory

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MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Medical Lake jumped on visiting Mac-Hi early here Friday night, and despite a late Pioneer resurgence took the 42-13 victory.

The Cardinals scored 14 first-quarter points, and went to halftime up 35-0 with 21 points in the second quarter.

Medical Lake made it 42-0 in the third quarter before Mac-Hi scored on Josh Rutherford's 34-yard punt return to get on the board.

The Pioneers finished off scoring with a 1-yard run by Rutherford in the fourth quarter.

"We started off really good, but we had some issues and lost our focus over controversial calls (in the first half)," Mac-Hi coach Chuck Pease said. "The boys sort of ducked down into the ground, and we fell apart on special teams."

The Cardinals scored on a 69-yard punt return and a 26-yard fumble return to contribute to the victory.

"We bounced back by the end of the second (quarter), and after halftime our blocking schemes got back on track and it was a tight ballgame after that," Pease said. "We're learning to travel - not to say they didn't travel good. But we have to learn to win on the road. We've lost all three games on the road.

"There were some additional things that added into the game that took concentration away from us in the first half, but they bounced back and I'm proud of them showing that," he said. "They came back, and we were pleased with that."

The loss leaves Mac-Hi at 3-3 headed into the Greater Oregon League schedule. The Pioneers travel to Baker Friday.

"It's a tough loss," Pease said of Medical Lake. "It puts us back on the drawing board. We realize what we have to do as a program, and come back Monday and forget what happened and learn from our mistakes.

"It will be a tough game," he said of Baker on Friday. "Baker is a good ball team."

Medical Lake 42, Mac-Hi 13

Mac-Hi 0 0 6 7 - 13

Med Lake 14 21 7 0 - 42

Med Lake - Cawatomp 2 run (Linafeter kick).

Med Lake - Hess 8 run (Linafeter kick).

Med Lake - Voitik 80 pass from Paulson (Linafeter kick).

Med Lake - Powers 69 punt return (Linafeter kick).

Med Lake - Rodgers 26 fumble return (Linafeter kick).

Med Lake - Talley 61 run (Linafeter kick).

Mac-Hi - Rutherford 34 punt return (kick failed).

Mac-Hi - Rutherford 1 run (Saldana kick).

Mac-Hi Med Lake

First downs 7 9

Rushes/yards 36-109 37-174

Passing yards 39 101

Passes (att-comp-int) 6-5-1 8-6-2

Punts 4-38 4-33

Fumbles-lost 3-3 0-0

Penalties-yards 5-45 11-120

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Mac-Hi: Rutherford 21-49, Sheets 11-56, Fields 4-4; Med Lake: Hayes 12-29, Voitik 3-25, Comteras 2-62, Fitzgerald 3-21, Matson 5-29, Watters 13-34.

PASSING - Mac-Hi: Franscisco Saldana 5-6-1, 39 yards; Med Lake: Paulson 5-8-2, 101 yards.

RECEIVING - Mac-Hi: Fields 1-1, Sheets 2-38, Sandoval 2-0; Med Lake: Prince 6-101.

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