A game that started off competitive in the beginning quickly turned into a blowout as the Meridian Trojans beat the Nooksack Valley Pioneers in a 43-15 victory Friday, Oct. 10 at Meridian High School.
After the first quarter, the game was tied 7-7. By the end of the second quarter, the momentum shifted toward the Trojans with a big help from the Meridian defense. — a defense that forced two fumbles in the first half and got a lot of big sacks at the right times.
“The sacks were crucial,” Meridian coach Bob Ames said. “If we allowed Nooksack to throw the ball, the game would have been different.”
To start the second half Nooksack Valley came out strong, just like the start of the game, to cut the Trojan lead 22-15. The script for the second half was the same as the first half, however. After the Pioneer scored in the third quarter, Meridian took control of the remainder of the game.
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“(Meridian) did a good job defensively,” Nooksack Valley head coach Robb Myhre said.
The game may have been different had the Pioneer quarterback Tanner Myhre been able to complete more passes.
“We knew we had to win in the air tonight if we wanted to win the game,” Robb Myhre said.
Tanner Myhre finished with 235 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in the game.
“Tanner has played a lot better,” coach Myhre said. “Willie (Kingma) and Connor (Beard) had good games as well.”
The Nooksack Valley receivers, Kingma and Beard, had solid receiving nights. Kingma finished with 71 receiving yards and a touchdown, Beard finished with 137 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Meridian offense proved to be too much for the Pioneer defense tonight. The Trojans had 173 yards in the air and 288 yards on the ground. With three big touchdown plays during the game to solidify the Meridian win.
“Our offense was effective tonight,” Ames said. “We wanted to keep the ball from Nooksack Valley’s offense.”
Trojan quarterback Tanner Tutterrow only had to complete five passes in the win, but those five completions proved to be huge for Meridian tonight.
“Tanner (Tutterow) was very efficient tonight,” Ames said.
Meridian wide receiver Kyle Young came up big for the Trojan offense, finishing with 151 receiving yards and two touchdowns on three receptions.
“I don’t think we had a drop tonight by our receivers,” Ames said. “Drops have been the story for the first five games for our offense.”
Meridian plays at Lynden Christian and Nooksack Valley will be at Mount Baker on Saturday, Oct. 17. Both games start at 7 p.m.
NV — Tanner Myhre 39 pass to Connor Beard (Beard kick)
Mer — Nick Dritsas 11 run (Eschbach kick)
Mer — Tanner Tutterrow 45 pass to Kyle Young (Dritsas run)
Mer — Dakota Jones 2 run (Eschbach kick)
NV — Tanner Myhre 15 pass to William Kingma (2 pt. conversion)
Mer — Tanner Tutterrow 74 pass to Kyle Young (Eschbach kick)
Mer — Nick Dritsas 70 run (Eschbach kick)
Mer — Nick Dritsas 3 run (Eschbach kick)
RUSHING — Nooksack Valley: Connor Beard 1-3, Tanner Myhre 13-(-30), No. 39 3-9. Meridian: Tanner Tutterow 5-(-4), Nick Dritsas 24-191, Dakota Jones 14-91, No. 21 2-10.
PASSING — Nooksack Valley: Tanner Myhre 17-31-0-235. Meridian: Tanner Tutterrow 5-11-1-173.
RECEIVING — Nooksack Valley: Connor Beard 6-139, William Kingma 7-71, No. 39 2-9, Joshua Gimmaka 2-16 . Meridian: Marcus McGuinn 1-20, Dakota Jones 1-2, Kyle Young 3-151.