The Mountlake Terrace Hawks hit the field for the first day of football practice on Wednesday in preparation for a season with plenty of unknowns ahead.
The Hawks had a big turnout of players on Day 1, but with one notable exception: Senior Devante Downs will miss the entire season due to a torn ACL suffered in June. Downs, a highly recruited running back who announced he will play for Cal beginning in 2014, was expected to carry the load on offense for a team that will start a junior at quarterback after losing last year’s starter, Beau Kennedy, to graduation.
The defense also lost a key starter from last year’s squad; after playing in the Hawk defensive backfield last season Class of 2013 member Mason Stone is hoping to land a spot on the roster of the Division I University of Idaho Vandals this fall.
Terrace qualified for post-season play for just the second time school history last season, but matching that effort without Downs, Kennedy and Stone this season may be a tough chore for Head Coach Tony Umayam.
The Hawk’s first game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6, against Stanwood. The game is set for 5 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium and will be broadcast live on the Sound Live Sports Network on MLTnews.com.
— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski