In case Pasco didn’t quite figure out Scott McGlocklin’s running style Tuesday, here’s a summation from the subject in question:
“I do a little bit of cutting but I prefer to knock (the defense) over,” said the 217-pound Mead senior after bulling for 251 yards during a 27-6 win at Albi Stadium.
McGlocklin piled up 152 yards after intermission, including a 63-yarder through three tacklers - just three plays into the half. The carry took the Panthers to the Pasco 8-yard line and led to a 14-0 advantage.
“I noticed after that (the Bulldogs) didn’t have the same enthusiasm they had in the first half,” said McGlocklin, who added a 2-yard touchdown late in the third quarter for a 21-0 lead.
With the win, ninth-ranked Mead (9-0) qualified for the opening round of the State AAA playoffs. The Panthers will return to Albi at 1 Saturday afternoon against Walla Walla (8-1), which has eliminated Mead from the last two playoffs. WW beat Gonzaga Prep 48-20 Tuesday.
“We are very familiar with Walla Walla, as they are with us,” said coach Mike McLaughlin, who led Mead to its eighth consecutive trip to the playoffs.
“It’s going to be great,” Mead senior tackle Joe Collier said of the WW match up. “We finally get them up here and out of the mud (at WW’s field). We hope the third time’s a charm.”
Pasco (5-4) played equal to or slightly better than Mead in the first half. If not for two poor snaps from center, the Bulldogs could have reached the break with a 3-0 lead.
Pasco lined up for a 25-yard field-goal attempt with 3 minutes left in the first, but a low snap forced a futile passing attempt.
Midway through the second quarter, Pasco was forced to punt from its 14. Shawn Stredwick’s bad snap eluded punter Tim Henderson, and Panthers linebacker Ossim Hatem secured the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
Pasco reached halftime with a 10-8 edge in first downs, thanks to scrambling left-handed quarterback Scott Biglin.
“I thought (Biglin) threw very well,” McLaughlin said. “We knew he was a runner and scrambler.”
McGlocklin’s running and superiority on the offensive line washed away Pasco’s hopes in the second half. McGlocklin rushed for 81 of the 84 yards on Mead’s first possession, but the 3-yard TD was a Brandon Muzatkoto-Jason DeJong hookup after a fake to McGlocklin.
On Mead’s next possession, an 80-yard scoring drive, Chris McCullough entered for the first time to share running duties. McGlocklin’s TD gave him 237 yards; his offensive work was done before the fourth quarter.
“I really don’t worry about the numbers at all,” McGlocklin said. “I don’t think about those things.”
“We played them tough for most of the game, but we just made too many mistakes in key situations,” said Pasco coach John Morgan.
Mead 27, Pasco 6
Pasco 0 0 0 6 - 6
Mead 0 7 14 6 -27
M-Hatem fumble recovery in end zone (Stamps kick) M-DeJong 3 pass from Muzatko (Stamps kick) M-McGlocklin 2 run (Stamps kick) P-Niebel 8 run (kick failed) M-Stamps 11 run (kick failed) P M First downs 20 17 Rushes-yards 36-110 54-312 Passing yards 207 35 Return yards 0 22 Passes 32-17-2 17-7-2 Punts-avg. 5-33.5 6-37.5 Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-yards 0-0 4-42
RUSHING Mead: McGlocklin 26-251, McCullough 12-57, Stamps 2-13, Cassel 2-0, Muzatko 2-(minus 9). Pasco: Allen 2-54, Conley 14-28, Biglin 12-25, Niebel 7-16, 1-14, Shimek 1-(minus 3).
PASSING Mead: Muzatko 7-17-2-35. Pasco: Biglin 17-31-2-207, Mackay 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING Mead: DeJong 5-23, Cassel 2-12. Pasco: Hicks 9-112, Neibel 2-40, Smiley 2-23, Armijo 2-16, Henderson 2-13, Allen 0-3.
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