Scoring touchdowns on eight of their 11 offensive possessions, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks battered the visiting Shorewood T-Birds 56-14 at Edmonds Stadium Friday. The homecoming-night victory puts Terrace into a postseason play-in game on Nov. 1 vs. Stanwood for the final Wesco League spot in the 3A District 1/2/3/4 playoffs.
The Hawks dominated the match-up against the T-Birds, rolling up 440 yards of total offense, all on the ground. The team never punted in the game – in fact, Terrace not only didn’t face any fourth downs, they only had one third down play, which they easily converted into a first down.
The only offensive possessions that didn’t end in seven points for the Hawks was a one-play possession to end the first half, their final possession at the end of the game, and a third quarter possession that ended in a fumble, the team’s only turnover of the night.
Hawk Head Coach Tony Umayam commended his players for not only their physical play, but their mental preparation and performance. “We are becoming better students of the game,” he noted.
“We have some good football players on this team, and they’re playing at the level we were expecting them to play this year. And we’re reaping the benefits of it,” he said.
Hawk Chance Ragsdale ran wild for 330 yards and three touchdowns on only 16 carries Friday night; that gives the senior running back more than 600 yards rushing over the past two games for MTHS. Junior Malcolm Johnson had three touchdowns himself, gaining 63 yards on just six carries. Ragsdale and Johnson were named the Jersey Mike’s Subs of Lynnwood co-players of the game via the Sound Live Sports Network broadcast.
The Terrace offensive was so proficient (56 points on just 34 offensive plays) that the Hawk defense actually found themselves on the field much more. Shorewood led the time of possession 29:03 to 18:57, but could only muster 254 yards on their 62 offensive plays.
Senior Toby Munnis had four solo tackles for the Hawk defense, including a sack on T-Bird quarterback Aaron Okamura. “The crowd really helped; they had us going,” Munnis said of the large turnout of Hawk supporters for the school’s homecoming game.
Terrace has won three of their last four games and will be looking to avenge a 29-13 loss to Stanwood in the opening game of the season when the two teams face each other on Nov. 1. The game will be broadcast live on the Sound Live Sports Network beginning with the pre-game show at 4:45 p.m.
MTHS Football: Mountlake Terrace 56 – Shorewood 14
Shorewood 0 8 0 6 — 14
Mountlake Terrace 28 7 14 7 — 56
Scoring plays: Malcolm Johnson (MT) 3-yard TD run (kick good)
Johnson (MT) 24-yard TD run (kick good)
Chance Ragsdale (MT) 11-yard TD run (kick good)
Johnson (MT) 23-yard TD run (kick good)
Campbell Rikio (SW) 2-yard TD run (two-point conversion good)
Ragsdale (MT) 13-yard TD run (kick good)
Ragsdale (MT) 48-yard TD run (kick good)
Justin Hopkins (MT) 1-yard TD run (kick good)
Cole Krause (MT) 10-yard TD run (kick good)
Rikio (SW) 23-yard TD run (two-point conversion failed)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 2-2 in Wesco League play, 4-4 overall; Shorewood 1-3, 2-6
MTHS next game: vs. Stanwood, Friday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m., Edmonds Stadium
— By Doug Petrowski