In a game in which neither defense could contain its opponents’ offense, it was left for Mt. Spokane to stop itself.
Neither team punted, but Mead parlayed two Wildcats turnovers in the second half into scores en route to a 48-24 victory in the Battle of the Bell rivalry game at Albi Stadium on Friday night.
Mead led at the half 20-17. But Tyler Green electrified a crowd of 10,400 with a 94-yard kickoff return to open the second half for a 24-20 lead for the Wildcats (1-3).
However, an interception and a lost fumble led to two Wes Bailey touchdowns and the Panthers were on their way.
Mead held an overwhelming edge on the round with 410 yards, rushing the ball 56 times. That helped to offset the 165 yards in penalties for the Panthers (2-1).
Davian Barlow rushed 25 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns for Mead.
Chase Naccarato scored twice for Mt. Spokane.
Ferris 61, Rogers 0: Kole Heidinger scored three first-half touchdowns as the Saxons (4-0) rolled over the Pirates (0-4) in the early game at Albi.
Heidinger amassed 221 on just six carries, three of those going for touchdowns of 59, 39 and 29 yards. The Saxons had 373 yards on the ground. Three Saxons completed one pass each for a team total of 112 yards and one touchdown, the score coming on Ben Goodwin’s 81-yard connection to Damon Unlund. Goodwin also ran for a touchdown.
The Saxons rolled to a 41-0 lead at the half.
Rogers rushed the ball 40 times for 150 yards and passed for only 46, hitting just 5 of 20 with two interceptions. The Pirates also lost a fumble.
League rushing leader Luke Rogers of Rogers did not play. Pirates coach Matt Miethe said Rogers “broke a school rule.” Rogers’ availability for next week isn’t known yet, Miethe said.