After giving up an average of 38 points in three straight losses, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks’ defense turned things around in a major way Friday, creating seven turnovers, causing another fumble that turned into a safety, and blanking the Shorecrest Scots 18-0 at Shoreline Stadium.
With the victory, Terrace lifted its 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference record to 1-2, 2-3 overall.
Interceptions by Brandon Bach, Keegan Grayson and Danny Smart, along with fumble recoveries by Austin Bach, Bryon Shelton and two by Thadeus Merten, helped the Hawks shutdown Shorecrest in the Wesco League tilt. The Terrace defense held the Scots to just 134 total yards of offense, an average of less than three yards per play.
The Hawk defense even got on the scoreboard Friday when they forced a fumble by Shorecrest quarterback Brayden Victor deep in Scot territory. The ball rolled back into the Shorecrest end zone and rolled out of bounds before anyone could recover it for a Terrace safety.
On the offensive side, the Hawks rolled up 202 total yards and held the ball for more than 30 minutes of possession, almost twice as much as the Scots. Terrace quarterback Andrew Blair scored on short touchdown runs of 2 and 3 yards while Brandon Bach added a 27-yard field goal to round out the MTHS scoring.
The Hawks will try to even up their records on Friday, Oct. 6, when they host the Everett Seagulls at Edmonds Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Prep Football: Mountlake Terrace at Shorecrest, Sept. 30
Terrace 0 6 2 10 — 18
Shorecrest 0 0 0 0 — 0
4:54 Andrew Blair (Mountlake Terrace) 3-yard TD run; Bryon Shelton PAT attempt blocked
1:28 Brayden Victor (Shorecrest) fumbles ball out of own end zone for Mountlake Terrace safety
11:22 Andrew Blair (Mountlake Terrace) 2-yard TD run; Bryon Shelton PAT kick good
9:12 Brandon Bach (Mountlake Terrace) 27-yard field goal
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 2-3 overall; 0-3 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 1-4 overall
Mountlake Terrace next game: versus Everett, Friday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
— By Doug Petrowski