AURORA--Turnovers were the only difference in an offensive shootout between Mead and Vista Peak Thursday night.
Vista Peak had several. Mead did not.
In a game where both offenses were lighting up the scoreboard in an absolute thriller, Mead's relatively mistake-free football helped the Mavericks outlast the Bison 61-34.
Mead capitalized on a Vista Peak turnover right at the get-go, as Trace Lindemann intercepted a pass and took it all the way to the end zone for the first points on the night.
Lindemann had two picks in the game.
Bison Quarterback Derrick Smashum was not at all phased by his early mistake, however.
He responded with a beautiful touchdown throw on the next possession to Wide Receiver Dylan Holt, who made an incredible one-handed grab in the back of the end zone.
After a failed two point conversion, Mead was still out in front 7-6.
From there, the teams went back and forth the rest of the first half.
Holt continued to make dazzling plays for Vista Peak on the outside, while Smashum and his brother, Daniel Smashum, also connected on several big plays for the Bison.
Meanwhile, Mead's Quarterback Riley Glynn and Running Back Nathan Mackey made for an unstoppable combination on offense.
The duo--along with Ryan Lavanchy, Gino Musick and Tyler Keys--helped the Mavericks compile more than 700 yards of total offense on the night.
No matter how electric the Bison offense was, a few costly mistakes prevented Vista Peak from staying close late.
In the end, Mead was simply too efficient on offense, helping the Mavericks notch their first victory of the 2016 season.
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