After two straight losses by a combined score of 92-31, Mountlake Terrace was looking to get back into the win column Friday night against Kingston. And with a number of key starters unavailable for the game, the Hawks would have to call upon some lesser-used backups to get the job done.
Playing with a new lineup and a renewed spirit and purpose, the Hawks grabbed a 22-20 victory over the Buccaneers in a non-league contest at Edmonds Stadium.
Hawk junior Garrett McDowell, playing in place of senior quarterback Mikey Jenson who is out for the season with a foot injury, ran for 103 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns to lead Mountlake Terrace in the win. McDowell also completed five of eight pass attempts for 74 yards with two interceptions.
Coach Kelly Dougan gave good marks to McDowell in his debut as a starting quarterback. “We thought he played really well,” Dougan said. “He was really composed, ran the ball exceptionally well, had a couple really key passes along the way, so I’d give his a B+/A- for his effort today. He was fantastic.”
Mountlake Terrace relied heavily on the running game to both gain yardage and control the clock in their matchup with the Buccaneers. The Hawks rushed for 263 yards and held possession of the ball for 33:14 of the 48-minute game.
Kingston’s offense was on the field for only 3:36 of the second half as Mountlake Terrace held the ball on four long drives of 11-plays, seven plays, 11-plays and seven plays.
In addition to McDowell going over the century mark in rushing, Hawk teammates Jordan Bishop and Riley Morrin also compiled strong running totals; Bishop, playing in jersey No. 35 after losing his No. 20 jersey, ran for 83 yards on 18 carries while Morrin rumbled for 81 yards on 12 carries.
Kingston mustered 181 total yards against the depleted Mountlake Terrace defense. The Buccaneers were led on offense by senior quarterback Max English who ran for 47 yards on eight carries and passed by 49 yards, completing six of 15 pass attempts.
The Hawks’ performance was even more impressive considering the absence of running back/linebacker Tanner Munnis, out with injuries to a shoulder and knee, and wide receiver/defensive back Daniel Johnson, whose status with the team has been off-and-on over the past week.
After losses to Glacier Peak and Lynnwood over the past two weeks, providing a big blow to the Hawk playoff chances, injuries stacking up to key players and some challenges for coaches to handle some discipline issues, earning a win Friday night helped to cure some of the Mountlake Terrace team ills.
“A win helps a lot, not everything, but it goes a long way though,” Dougan said. “It assures us of a winning record. This group of seniors has won more football games as a class than any in Mountlake Terrace history, so it’s awesome for them.”
The victory capped a week that Dougan believes has focused his squad back on why they play football. “We had an amazing week of practice,” he said. “It was back to having fun, both for the coaches and the team, so they were having a good time. I don’t know if we got better as a football team, but we definitely got back to playing for the right reasons.”
— By Doug Petrowski
Prep Football: Kingston at Mountlake Terrace, Oct. 23
Kingston 7 7 0 7 — 20
Terrace 0 14 8 0 — 22
3:08 Alex Barrett (Kingston) 13-yard TD run; Barrett PAT kick good
9:40 Garrett McDowell (MTHS) 3-yard TD run; two-point conversion attempt failed
4:04 Garrett McDowell (MTHS) 6-yard TD run; Riley Morrin two-point conversion run good
3:15 Max English (Kingston) 7-yard TD pass to Alex Barrett; Barrett PAT kick good
1:20 Garrett McDowell (MTHS) 2-yard TD run; McDowell two-point conversion run good
11:21 Max English (Kingston) 13-yard TD run; two-point conversion pass intercepted
Records: Mountlake Terrace 5-3 overall; Kingston 2-6
Mountlake next game: vs. Marysville-Getchell, 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at Edmonds Stadium