The 2016 Football Season (9-4)
(A Tribute to an Outstanding Senior Class)
September 2, 2016 – (Lewis Palmer 50 – Mead 35)
The “Men of the Burnt Orange” opened the 2016 campaign by facing one of the most difficult schedules in class 3A. Lewis Palmer proved to be a top 5 team in 3A, as they were tough to slow down. However, The offense racked up 570 yards of offense against a stout Lewis Palmer defense. Highlights were two Juniors, Nathan Mackey and Tyler Keys both rushed for over 130 yards. Senior Riley Glynn threw for 168 yards and one TD in the game. It was a great effort for the Mavericks and proved to be a sign of things to come for the Mead Offense.
September 8, 2016 – (Mead 61 – Vista Peak Prep 34)
On a warm September evening the “Men of the Burnt Orange” traveled to Aurora to face the Vista Peak Bison. For the second week in a row Mead’s offense rolled over 500 yards of total offense. The one-two punch of Nathan Mackey and Tyler Keys rushed for 357 yards. The Mavericks scored 61 points totalling the most in Mead History. Trace Lindemann intercepted two Vista Peak passes, returning one for a score, sealing the first win of the year for the Mavericks.
September 16, 2016 – (Mead 42 – Thompson Valley 35)
On a hot September night the “Men of the Burnt Orange” traveled to Thompson Valley to face a dangerous Eagles squad. After a slow start Mead stormed to a halftime tie behind Tyler Keys 40 yard TD pass to Dom Esters. The defense battled and hung tough as Senior Brandon Langridge had 6 tackles and 1 sack disrupting the TV quarterback all night. Junior running back Nathan Mackey sealed the deal with a highlight 40 yard run with 4 minutes remaining the game. Mackey totaled 171 yards for the night as the Offensive Line opened huge holes in the TV defense. As the “Men of the Burnt Orange” traveled back to Mead there was an attitude of confidence fueled by a great victory.
September 23, 2016 – (Mead 49 – Longmont 35)
The “Men of the Burnt Orange” returned to Maverick field to face cross town rival Longmont for the first time ever. A record setting crowd gathered to watch the Mavericks collide with the number three ranked Trojans. Mead stunned Longmont at Halftime hanging tough only down by three points. In the second half Riley Glynn threw for 158 yards highlighted by a 18 yard pass to Derek Edwards on a 4th and 15 to put the Mavericks up by 6 with minutes remaining in the game. The defense rose to the occasion as Evan Hansen intercepted a pass and raced 15 yards for a TD deflating the Trojans and sending them home in shock. The win was a signature win for the Mavericks. The wild crowd stormed the field after the game and celebrated with the Mavericks in a night that will never be forgotten.
September 30, 2016 – (Ft. Morgan 20 – Mead 14)
Another top five team rolled onto Maverick field bringing with them a perfect record and a long history of success. The Mavericks honored our Veterans at halftime on a great community night. Ft. Morgan’s defense stifled Mead’s offense only giving up 14 points. The defense was outstanding holding Ft. Morgan’s powerful rushing attack to 20 points. Brandon Langridge and Evan Hansen totalled 21 tackles and one sack in the difficult loss for the Mavericks. The game was eventually decided on a 4th and 1 at the 50 yard line. The Mavericks ultimately stood toe to toe with the Mustangs and didn’t back down.
October 7, 2016 – (Mead 31 – Roosevelt 17)
The “Men of the Burnt Orange” traveled to Roosevelt to face the Rough Riders in a critical league contest. The Mavericks responded with their best overall team effort of 2016. Mead rushed out to a lead behind the offensive line and seniors Shane Miyake and Mark Angus. Quarterback Riley Glynn rushed for 103 yards as the offense dominated Roosevelt. Senior Garrett Borger led the defense with 12 tackles as Mead held the all star QB for Roosevelt to less than 50 yards rushing. The victory was a signature win for the Mavericks as it was the first ever win over a Roosevelt squad.
October 14, 2016 – (Mead 42 – Frederick 0)
The “Men of the Burnt Orange” faced the Warriors in an west vs east I-25 clash. Mead stormed the field wearing black jerseys for the first time ever and raced to a big lead at halftime. The defense stuffed Frederick on every possession highlighted by senior defensive end Austin Majerus 6 tackles. The shutout was the first of the year as the defense played it’s best football of the season. Junior wide receiver Dom Esters provided the highlights for the offense with two receiving TD’s as Mead beat down the Warriors to go 2-0 in league play.
October 21, 2016 – (Holy Family 43 – Mead 35)
The Holy Family Tigers presented yet another top 10 matchup for the determined Mavericks. Mead’s offense snapped the ball 89 times totalling over 500 yards of offense highlighted by Nathan Mackey’s 222 rushing yards. The defense hung tough against one of the most potent offenses in 3A football.
October 28, 2016 – (Mead 35 – Erie 32 )
On a warm October evening the Mavericks took on a tough Erie Tiger team in search of a cementing a playoff spot. Behind the blocking of Mark Angus, Shane Miyake, Tristan Lee, Preston Hall, and Derick Allen, junior Nathan Mackey rushed for over 200 yards for the second game in a row. Junior Jordan Steele picked up a loose fumble and ran 70 yards for a TD sealing the victory for the Mavericks. The huge crowd swarmed the Maverick’s at the end of the game and the win all but locked up the second consecutive playoff spot in Mead history.
November 4, 2016 – (Mead 43 – Berthoud 7)
The “Men of the Burnt Orange” looked poised to finish the season on a high note as they took on Berthoud with the Long’s Peak Trophy up for grabs. The defense came to play and only allowed Berthoud one TD on the night. Senior Brandon Langridge had a huge night with one blocked punt, two sacks, and a fumble recovery. The offense punished the spartans with a relentless ground game led by Senior Gino Musick. Mead finished the season with seven wins and three losses and as the night came to an end a playoff berth in class 3A was about to become a reality.
November 12, 2016 – (Mead 28 – Palmer Ridge 24)
For the second year in a row the Mavericks traveled to Colorado Springs, this time, to face number six seed Palmer Ridge in the class 3A playoffs. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon the Mavericks struggled to get going against the explosive Palmer Ridge Grizzlies. Nathan Mackey willed the Mavericks with over 240 all purpose yards highlighted by a 68 yard TD on a screen pass. The defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Grizzlies on a 4th and 4, securing the first playoff victory since 1947. The Mavericks rode back home in style with their sights set on their next big challenge.
November 19, 2016 – (Mead 44 – Palisade 40)
The first home playoff game produced the largest crowd in Maverick history. The “Men of the Burnt Orange” were determined to play snap for snap with the number 3 seed Palisade Bulldogs. The two teams traded scores early and often with the Mavericks up at halftime 28-21. Riley Glynn paced the offense with 220 yards of passing and 3 TD’s. The Maverick defense forced 4 Bulldog turnovers on the day. Senior Brandon Langridge forced the Palisade QB to launch the ball into the air right into the arms of Evan Hansen as the Mavericks stormed the field in victory. The wild crowd cheered and hugged the Mavericks after the game as Mead gained entry into class 3A’s elite final four.
November 26, 2016 – (Pueblo East 28 – Mead 21)
The Mavericks took on the two time defending state champion Pueblo East Eagles in the final four on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in November. Over 3,500 hundred fans came out and packed Maverick field for an epic matchup. The Mavericks stood toe to toe with the Eagles and with 4 minutes remaining in the game Riley Glynn hit Dom Esters for a 75 yard TD pass to tie the game at 21. With one minute to go in the game the Pueblo East QB ran around the edge of the Maverick defense for a score securing the victory for the Eagles. The victory was so close, but not to be, as the Mavericks finished the year in the final 4.