Despite a strong first half running game, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks couldn’t overcome sloppy play and mental errors and were humbled by the Cedarcrest Red Wolves 31-13 Friday night in Duvall.
The Hawks’ record dropped to 1-1 following a big season-opening victory the week before.
Behind the early running of quarterback Garrett McDowell and running back Nick Fisher, Terrace grabbed a 13-6 lead near the midpoint of the second quarter. McDowell scampered into the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, then followed it up with a 22-yard TD run with 7:28 to go before halftime.
In the first 16-and-a-half minutes of the game, McDowell and Fisher combined for 190 yards rushing on 22 carries and two touchdowns.
But then the Hawk miscues took over.
“Mental mistakes, didn’t maintain our composure, lack of basic fundamentals – tackling and blocking,” Terrace Head Coach Kelly Dougan summarized as his team’s biggest issues on Friday.
The Hawks gave up 16 points and the lead to the Red Wolves during a two-minute span late in the first half. The mistakes began with a fumble of a poor snap on a punt attempt; Brandon Bach had to fall on the loose ball in the Terrace end zone for a Cedarcrest safety.
Then the Red Wolves returned the subsequent free kick to the Terrace 30-yard line, where they quickly put together a five-play scoring drive that ended with a Kyle Lupo 9-yard TD screen pass to teammate Jake Kirschenmann.
Two plays later Terrace stumbled on an attempt of a trick play; after being handed the ball by McDowell, Fisher set up to pass but had the ball knocked away by Cedarcrest’s Cody Shultz. The fumble was recovered by Kirschenmann at the 3-yard line and carried into the end zone for another Red Wolves touchdown.
The 13-6 lead had been turned around to a 22-13 deficit for the Hawks at halftime.
In the second half Terrace gained just 25 yards in five possessions, unable to get the running game going again, misfiring on pass attempts, taking bad penalties and, at times, struggling just to get the right 11 players onto the field.
“We made big mistakes on special teams and we had big penalties that killed us when we were in position to gain momentum and put points on the board – or stop them defensively,” Dougan said.
The Terrace coaching staff came into Friday’s contest at Cedarcrest High School with some apprehension, Dougan admitted. “We had a terrible week of practice,” he stated, “and this is what happens when you have a terrible week of practice. This is what you look like.”
“It gave us reason to be worried, definitely,” he added.
The Hawks finished the game with 217 yards rushing, almost all of it in the first two quarters. McDowell completed just three passes in 11 attempts for minus-5 yards; the team lost another 25 yards in quarterback sacks.
Lupo went 13-for-22 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Wolves. Cedarcrest gained 233 total yards in the game to the Hawks’ 187 yards and converted seven of 11 third down opportunities compared to Terrace’s 4-for-11 third down conversion efficiency.
The Hawks will next face a hungry Edmonds-Woodway Warriors’ team on Friday, Sept. 16. E-W has two losses in their first two games of the 2016 season and will want to turn things around against a Wesco League South Conference rival.
In other Terrace sports on Friday, the boys’ tennis team ran over the Marysville-Getchell Chargers 6-1 in a non-conference matchup at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Prep Football: Mountlake Terrace at Cedarcrest, Sept. 9
Terrace 6 7 0 0 — 13
Cedarcrest 6 16 3 6 — 31
8:52 Jake Fowler (Cedarcrest) 12-yard TD run; Justin White PAT attempt blocked
3:29 Garrett McDowell (Mountlake Terrace) 5-yard TD run; Bryon Shelton PAT attempt blocked
7:28 Garrett McDowell (Mountlake Terrace) 22-yard TD run; Bryon Shelton PAT kick good
2:14 Brandon Bach (Mountlake Terrace) tackled in end zone following a Malek Qibba fumble for a Cedarcrest safety
:44 Kyle Lupo (Cedarcrest) 9-yard TD pass to Jake Kirschenmann; Justin White PAT kick good
:13 Jake Kirschenmann (Cedarcrest) 3-yard fumble recovery for TD; Justin White PAT kick good
9:08 Justin White (Cedarcrest) 34-yard field goal
1:59 Kyle Lupo (Cedarcrest) 25-yard TD pass to Jake Kirschenmann; Justin White PAT kick blocked
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 1-1 overall; Cedarcrest 0-0 in Cascade Conference, 1-1 overall
Mountlake Terrace next game: versus Edmonds-Woodway, Friday, Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
Prep Boys Tennis: Marysville-Getchell at Mountlake Terrace, Sept. 9
Mountlake Terrace 6 – Marysville-Getchell 1
Singles: Jeremy Ansdell (MTHS) defeated Nathan Snyder (MGHS) 6-0, 6-0; Adam Lorraine (MTHS) defeated Josh Angulo (MGHS) 6-0, 6-1; Max Leidig (MTHS) defeated Eben Heacock (MGHS) 6-0, 6-1; Jake Peters (MTHS) defeated Josh Villavicencio (MGHS) 6-2, 6-0
Doubles: Drake Day / Trevor Swanson (MTHS) defeated Nolan Leching / James Madambo (MGHS) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0; Daniel Kiosz / Mack Gray (MGHS) defeated Morgan Subert / Max Knibbe (MTHS) 7-5, 6-3; Ben McGraner / Owen Jones (MTHS) defeated Robert Green / Evan Sprague (MGHS) 6-3, 6-0
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 3-0 overall; Marysville-Getchell 0-0 in 3A Wesco League North Conference, 1-2 overall
Mountlake Terrace next match: at NWC/Wesco/KingCo 4-Way Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. at Sehome High School in Bellingham
— By Doug Petrowski