By Doug Petrowski
Finding the end zone in their first seven possessions, the Hawks soared over Everett 48-0 in a Wesco Conference match-up Friday night at Edmonds Stadium. The Seagulls were never in the game as Mountlake Terrace was up 41-0 at the half.
The Hawk defense allowed Everett to cross midfield only twice, the first time with 5:25 left in the third quarter, and then on the Seagulls’ final possession of the game.
Junior Devante Downs — who was named the Revelations Yogurt Player of the Game award on the Hawks Live Sports Network – led the Hawks’ pounding ground game, carrying the ball 16 times for 129 yards and four touchdowns. Five other Hawks contributed to the rushing attack for a team total of 298 yards on the ground. Junior Chance Ragsdale had 12 carries for 73 yards, senior Mason Stone had three carries for 30 yards and a touchdown, sophomore Ryan LaCasse had three carries for 16 yards, and senior Lucas Pope had two carries for 48 yards and a touchdown.
“This week we’ve been working on spreading the ball around so they just can’t key on me,” Downs said following the game.
Senior quarterback Beau Kennedy attempted only four passes, completing three for 55 yards, including a 31-yard TD strike to senior Quinton Barnard with 4:41 left in the second quarter.
Mountlake Terrace finished the second quarter with two more late scores, a 23-yard touchdown run by Downs with 1:44 left, and a five-yard carry by Downs into the end zone with 31 seconds left before the half. The final score was set up by a Barnard interception, giving the Hawks possession at Everett’s 5-yard line.
The game had the extra pageantry of an appearance by the 245-member University of Oregon marching band. The band played from the grandstand during the first half, then gave a halftime performance on the field. The Ducks band is in Western Washington to perform at Saturday night’s Oregon-WSU football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The appearance by the band at Friday’s game was arranged by Mountlake Terrace High School alum Nathan Irby, a graduate teaching fellow for the Oregon Athletic Bands. Irby is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon.
The Hawks’ next action is Friday, Oct. 5, against state-ranked Meadowdale for homecoming. The game is set for 8 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium.