Four months ago, the Mountlake Terrace High School football team was looking forward to a 2013 season full of promise. The squad had qualified for post-season play the season before, and boasted one of the top running backs in the state. But after the loss of senior Devante Downs over the summer to an ACL injury, and now more injury woes to two key starters, Terrace’s outlook is less promising.
The Hawks struggled on Friday night, as the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors toppled MTHS 35-0 in a non-conference Wesco match-up at Edmonds Stadium.
Terrace (0-2) was without senior lineman Jevin Pahinui and junior quarterback Justin Hopkins, both out due to injury. The absence of the two was most noticeable with the offense, as the Hawks only gained 154 yards compared to 355 for the Warriors. Chance Ragsdale was the workhorse for the Hawks as the senior running back picked up 75 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
Senior Jonathan Williams started at quarterback for Terrace, going 7-14 while passing for 60 yards and three interceptions. His best passing effort of the game was –while scrambling to his right — firing a 19-yard completion to Austin Bates with 8:27 to go in the third quarter. The play gave Terrace a first down in Warrior territory, but the drive bogged down and the Hawks eventually gave up possession on downs.
While the Hawk offense sputtered, picking up just eight first downs in the game, Edmonds-Woodway (2-0) moved the ball at will. Running back Junior Opoke-Mensah rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries while quarterback Davis Giles ran for 85 yards and a TD. Giles also completed seven passes on 12 attempts for 109 yards and one touchdown.
The Warriors’ most impressive drive was a second quarter march of 99 yards in 14 plays, finished off with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Giles to Scott Myricks.
Edmonds-Woodway got off to a quick start in the ballgame, taking the opening possession 80 yards in eight plays and scoring on an Opoke-Mensah 22-yard run. Following the ensuing kickoff, Williams fumbled away the ball on Terrace’s first offensive play, putting the Warrior offense back on the field at the Hawk 39-yard line. Edmonds-Woodway was ready to find the end zone for a second time early when Mac McLachan fumbled inside the 10-yard line.
The Warriors also failed to score on another golden opportunity just before halftime when Giles threw an interception deep in Hawk territory.
Despite the drubbing, the Hawk defense stood their ground at times throughout the game and didn’t give up as many big plays to the opposition as they did the week before against Stanwood. The addition of junior Isaiah Green to the defensive secondary added some speed and depth to a unit that was burned repeatedly in their first game of the season.
The Hawks will face another 4A rival next week as they host the Lynnwood Royals (0-2) at Edmonds Stadium; kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Sound Live Sports Network on MLTnews.com beginning with the pregame show at 4:45 p.m.
Edmonds-Woodway 35 — Mountlake Terrace 0
Mountlake Terrace 0 0 0 0 — 0
Edmonds-Woodway 7 7 14 7 — 35
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-2; Edmonds-Woodway 2-0
— By Doug Petrowski