Hawks’ defense makes difference in 28-13 win over Everett

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Josh Hopkins had one of four Hawks' interceptions Friday.
Josh Hopkins had one of four Hawks’ interceptions Friday.
Chance Ragsdale scored two touchdowns for Mountlake Terrace.
Chance Ragsdale scored two touchdowns for Mountlake Terrace.

The Mountlake Terrace Hawks took advantage of numerous Everett miscues — including four intercepted passes and a Seagull fumble that was returned for a touchdown, to beat the Everett Seagulls, 28-13, Friday night at Everett’s Memorial Stadium.

While Everett did score on their first possession of the night, then added a second quarter touchdown, the Seagulls spent most of the game trying to elude a bigger and faster Terrace defensive squad. “The defense did a nice job in the second half,” said Terrace Head Coach Tony Umayam. “It was cool to score, it was cool to set up scores.”

The Hawk defensive front four and linebackers consistently put pressure on Seagull quarterback Griffey Lytle, who completed only 12 of 29 pass attempts. It was Hawk linebacker Toby Munnis who scooped up an Everett fumble in the second quarter and returned it 26 yards for a Terrace touchdown; linebacker Austin Bates grabbed one of the four Hawk picks, while Josh Hopkins also had an interception for Terrace.

“We do have a good linebacking core,” Umayam said. “Brett Potter is the leader of that group, and Dexter Kemper and Toby Munnis – Munnis is having a good year for us – and Austin Bates.”

Just like the Seagulls, the Hawk offense scored on its first possession, capped off by a 1-yard run by Chance Ragsdale. It was the first of two TDs for the senior running back, who had 48 yards rushing on 15 carries. Joining Ragsdale in the backfield for the first time this season was Malcolm Johnson, who rushed for 34 yards on 12 attempts. “It was nice having him back,” said Umayam of Johnson, who just became eligible to join the team this week.

On offense, the Hawks as a team gained 107 yards rushing and 94 yards through the air. Quarterback Justin Hopkins completed four of 11 pass attempts, threw two interceptions and was tagged for six fumbles.

“We didn’t do ourselves many favors,” Umayam said. “We just had a lot of mistakes. We turned the ball over way more than we would like to.”

Umayam stressed he is committed to putting the offense in the hands of Hopkins. “He’s going to have to become more prominent on the offense now. His ankle is probably about as good as it’s going to be. He’s out there and we expect him to go out there and take care of the football and make plays for us now. It’s not like, maybe, two weeks ago or three weeks ago where he was still kind of favoring his ankle; he’s going to have to make plays now.”

The junior quarterback injured his right ankle in the first few minutes of the Hawks’ opening game of the season on Sept. 8, severely limiting his effectiveness in that match-up and keeping him out of the following week’s action.

The Mountlake Terrace offense was hobbled Friday as their two starting tackles, seniors Jevin Pahinui and Kaleb Davis, sat out due to injury. “It was nice that we had some young guys step up and play varsity football,” Umayam said, but added that he hopes his two starters will be able to play in the team’s next game Oct. 11 against Wesco 3A South rival Meadowdale.

MTHS Football: Mountlake Terrace 28 – Everett 13
Terrace 7 14 7 0 — 28
Everett 7 6 0 0 — 13
Scoring:
Ahmed Kamagate (E) 3-yard run, Bailey Norton kick
Chance Ragsdale (MT) 1-yard run, Mike Jenson kick
Toby Munnis (MT) 26-yard fumble return, Jenson kick
Sam Loomis (E) 19-yard pass from Griffey Lytle, kick failed
Zack Wallgren (MT) 10-yard run, Jenson kick
Ragsdale (MT) 1-yard run, Mike Jenson kick
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-1 in Wesco 3A South conference play, 2-3 overall; Everett 0-1, 0-5
MTHS next action: vs. Meadowdale, Friday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium

In other MTHS sports results from Friday, the Hawk boys tennis team lost 7-0 to Stanwood, which leads the Wesco 3A North Conference.

MTHS Boys Tennis: Stanwood 7 – Mountlake Terrace 0
Singles: Jonathan Spores (S) d. Kyle Reilly (MT) 6-0, 6-0; Garrett Goshorn (S) d. Bryce Pingul (MT) 6-3, 6-3; Michael Wolf (S) d. Adam Lorraine (MT) 6-2, 6-3; Steve Sanders (S) d. Drake Day (MT) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles: Brady Garcea/Bristan Kelley (S) d. Collin Rhodes/Jeremy Ansdell (MT) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; Sam Bickford/Henry Jennings (S) d. Minchoel Jung /Ricky Bridges (MT) 6-0, 6-2; Peyton Headrick / Nathanial Haskin (S) def. Ethan McGregor / Blake Christianson (MT) 6-0, 6-1
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-6 in league play, 3-7 overall; Stanwood 5-2, 6-3

— Story and photo Doug Petrowski

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