The Glacier Peak Grizzlies scored touchdowns on two of their first three offensive possession as they rolled to a 31-0 win over the Mountlake Terrace Hawks in a 3A Wesco South Conference football match-up in Snohomish on Friday.
It was the second time Terrace had been shutout in four games this season.
The Hawk game plan going into Friday’s tilt was to limit the opportunities that the Glacier Peak high-scoring offensive unit would have on the field; in their first three outings of the season the Grizzlies averaged more than 34 points per game.
“They’re really good on offense, so they’re going to score points,” said Hawk Head Coach Tony Umayam. “Against a team like that, the best defense you can play is to move the ball on offense. And we had some struggles there.”
Terrace gained only 110 yards in total offense compared to 321 for the Grizzlies. Of the team’s 10 offensive possessions, the Hawks had five three-and-outs, including the first four times the offense had the ball. The team found it difficult to sustain any drives as they were only 1-of-11 on third down conversion attempts, and 0-3 on fourth down tries. Terrace had just six first downs in the game and lost the time-of-possession battle to Glacier Peak 25:36 to 22:24.
Junior quarterback Justin Hopkins completed four passes in 16 attempts for 14 yards as he was sacked three times and pressured often by the Grizzlies defensive line. The Hawk running game was one of only a few bright spots of the game for Terrace; senior Chance Ragsdale rushed for 82 yards in 18 attempts, while junior Jacob Wallgren, getting the opportunity due to the absence of injured Ryan Lacasse, ran for 26 yards on six attempts.
“Chance Ragsdale ran really hard tonight,” Umayam noted. “Even when it wasn’t there Chance did a nice job lowering his shoulder, become his own blocker at times.”
Umayam also had praise for his defensive line, which was boosted by the return of All-Wesco lineman Jevin Pahinui. “Our D-line played really well; having Jevin Pahinui back, it just adds another guy to our defensive rotation. Unlike the last few weeks to where we’ve had a lot of guys offense and defensive line, we were able to get some of those guys breathers.”
Pahinui, Brett Potter and James Peillinger all had four solo tackles for the Hawk defense, with Dexter Kemper leading the defense as he was in on eight tackles total.
Despite the slow start after four games this year, Umayam isn’t throwing in the towel on the 2013 campaign. “This was our record last year, 1-3. It’s still a long season and we still have our goal of getting to the playoffs,” he said.
MTHS Football: Glacier Peak 31 – Mountlake Terrace 0
Mountlake Terrace 0 0 0 0 — 0
Glacier Peak 14 3 0 14 — 31
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-1 in league play, 1-3 overall; Glacier Peak 1-0, 4-0
Next MTHS game: vs. Everett, Friday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski