By Doug Petrowski
The Mountlake Terrace High School football team found motivation from last year’s lost to the Royals and turned it into a dominating 42-0 victory over Lynnwood Friday evening at Edmonds Stadium.
“We were really focused tonight after our loss to Lynnwood last year,” said senior Mason Stone after the game. Mason scored on a third quarter 30-yard punt return after the Hawk defense had backed the Royals up to their own 1-yard line.
Coach Tony Uyamum also noted the team’s lost to Lynnwood during the 2011 season as a factor driving the team for this game. “You always want to do well against your rival, and we were motivated after last year’s lost.”
The Hawks (1-2) racked up four touchdowns in the first half, the last on a 33-yard pass completion from senior quarterback Beau Kennedy to Quinton Barnard with nine seconds left in the half. Coach Uyamum called Barnard’s grab in the back corner of the end zone “electrifying.”
Kennedy had another solid game both throwing and running the ball, completing seven out of 11 pass attempts for 91 yards and rushing for 39 yards on six carries. But it was junior Devante Downs who was the rushing leader for the Hawks, gaining 128 yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns. Downs’ longest run of the night was a 34-yard scamper untouched for six points in the fourth quarter.
Chris Guererro was another standout for Mountlake Terrace on offense, gaining 57 yards on three carries, including a 45-yard run early in the first quarter that set up the Hawks’ first score. Guererro also threw the key block on Stone’s TD punt return.
The Hawk defense had its way with Lynnwood (1-2), holding the Royals to 62 total yards of offense and minus-seven rushing yards. Lynnwood quarterbacks Morgan Skelton and Bobby Graham were under constant pressure from the Hawks front seven.
Mountlake Terrace will try to build on the momentum from the team’s first win of the season when they face next week’s opponent, Glacier Peak. The home game is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Edmonds Stadium.