After six straight victories, four by an average margin of more than 38 points, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks finally found themselves on the losing side of a lopsided score as the Oak Harbor Wildcats manhandled the Hawks 49-9 Friday night in Oak Harbor.
With the defeat, Terrace ended their regular season with a 7-2 record, 5-2 in the Wesco 3A, and earned the No. 4 Wesco seed in the 3A District football playoffs that begin on Friday, Nov. 7. The Hawks will face the No. 2 Narrows League seed in the first round of the single-elimination postseason playoffs.
“You’ve got to hand it to Oak Harbor,” said Mountlake Terrace Coach Tony Umayam following the lost to the Wildcats. “One, they’re a really good football team. And two, they were very prepared to play.”
Oak Harbor played with inspiration and determination following eight days of media attention brought about by its offer to forfeit their Oct. 24 Wesco 3A North game to Maryville-Pilchuck, site of a deadly shooting by a student at the Marysville school campus earlier that day.
“You can tell they were ready to play,” Umayam said of the Wildcats. “They’re a well-coached football team and I’m sure they had a lot of emotions going on. That played into them, pretty much, taking us out to the woodshed.”
The Wildcats spanked Terrace for 547 yards of total offense and finding the end zone on seven of their eight offensive possessions. The only time Oak Harbor didn’t score was on their final possession in the fourth quarter after the game’s outcome was well settled.
The Terrace defense had no answer for the relentless Wildcat offensive attack. “We did not do a good job, even when we put them in bad situations,” Umayam said. “Those tough situations they converted.”
Oak Harbor converted four of seven third down attempts, including a 30-yard pass play on third and 25 midway through the third quarter. The Wildcats also converted two fourth down attempts in the game.
Wildcat running back Princeton Lollar scored four touchdowns on runs of 1, 4, 7 and 45 yards; the sophomore ran for 156 yards on 16 carries for Oak Harbor. Senior Dejon Devroe also had a 100+ yard rushing game, running for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Clay Doughty went 9-for-11 throwing the football for 212 yards and one touchdown.
Terrace did score on their first two offensive possessions; the opening drive of the game went for 65 yards in 16 plays, ending with a 2-yard TD run by Hawk Ryan Lacasse. The extra point attempt was blocked. Then on the Hawks’ second possession, Ivan Melchor kicked a 45-yard field goal that ended a 41-yard 10-play Terrace drive. But subsequent Hawk possessions failed in collecting much yardage, let alone points. Terrace only gained 40 yards in those final six possessions.
“They took away everything we like to do and try to do on offense and they rallied to the ball really nice on defense,” Umayam said.
Oak Harbor Coach Jay Turner not only had to prepare his team for an important football game the past week, but had to do so while under heavy attention. “We tried to eliminate as many distractions as we could, tried to keep them sheltered away as much as we could,” he said.
Turner called the emotions his team had been feeling over the past couple of weeks as “a rollercoaster.” But he liked how the squad responded and came ready to play against Terrace.
In the visitors’ locker room, Umayam took time to address his Hawks following the lost in an effort to mentally prepare them for their postseason. “We haven’t felt this way in six weeks, and maybe we needed something like this to snap us back into focusing on what got us that six-game winning streak, so we have to find it this week.”
– By Doug Petrowski
MTHS football versus Oak Harbor
Mountlake Terrace 6 3 0 0 — 9
Oak Harbor 7 21 14 7 — 49
4:54 – Ryan Lacasse (MTHS) 2-yard TD run; PAT kick blocked
2:42 – Princeton Lollar (OHHS) 45-yard TD run; PAT good
10:26 – Ivan Mechor (MTHS) 45-yard field goal
9:41 – Princeton Lollar (OHHS) 7-yard TD run; PAT good
5:57 – Princeton Lollar (OHHS) 4-yard TD run; PAT good
:13 – Clay Doughty (OHHS) 10-yard TD pass to Dyllan Harris; PAT good
5:14 – Princeton Lollar (OHHS) 1-yard TD run; PAT good
2:18 – Dejon Devroe (OHHS) 10-yard TD run; PAT good
9:03 – Dejon Devroe (OHHS) 7-yard TD run; PAT good
Records: Mountlake Terrace 5-2 in Wesco, 7-2 overall; Oak Harbor 5-0, 6-1
MTHS next game: at No. 2 Narrows League seed, Nov. 7 or 8, in first round of 3A District football playoffs