By Doug Petrowski
While the Mountlake Terrace defense was stout through the entire game, holding the high-scoring Glacier Peak Grizzlies to their lowest point total of the year, the offense struggled in the first half before mounting a strong second half challenge that just fell short. The result may have been a moral victory in their hearts, but a 16-13 loss on the scoreboard for the Hawks Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
Junior running back Devante Downs was held to just 15 yards rushing in the first half, 46 for the game, his first sub-100 yard rushing game of the year. Senior quarterback Beau Kennedy threw for 127 yards, going 13 for 23 with one interception.
The Hawks (1-3) gave the fifth-ranked Grizzlies (3-0) a much tougher game than anyone expected, out-gaining Glacier Peak in total yards 225 to 206 and controlling much of the second half play. Mountlake Terrace scored their two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but gave up a safety on a botched snap in punt formation with 6:03 left. The miscue, in addition to a missed PAT on the second touchdown, turned out to be the scoring difference in the game.
The MTHS defense caused major problems for the Grizzlies much-touted passing game; Glacier Peak quarterback Chris Bederra went 6-16 for only 128 yards. Hawk senior Mason Stone had two interceptions off of Bederra, earning him the Revelations Yogurt Player of the Game award during the Hawks Sports Network post-game show. Junior Brett Potter led the Hawk defense with seven solo and five assisted tackles.
On the offensive side, senior Quinton Barnard had another big game, racking up eight receptions for 96 yards. Senior Shawn Evensen had six catches for 46 yards.
The Hawks face Everett next Friday, Sept. 28, in an 8 p.m. start at Edmonds Stadium. You can listen to an archive of Friday night’s game on the Hawks Sports Network.