Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
With ambitions of still qualifying for the post-season, the Mountlake Terrace High School football team chewed up the Shorecrest Scots decisively, 28-0, Friday night at Shoreline Stadium.
The Hawks played physical, hard-nosed football on both sides of the ball, rushing for a season-high 392 yards while holding Shorecrest’s offense to only 80 total yards.
It was the third time Mountlake Terrace (3-4) has shut out their opponent in the past five games.
“The defense is playing well,” Head Coach Tony Umayam said after the game. “It’s easy to make defensive calls when the team is tackling so well.”
Shorecrest (2-5) gained only 39 yards on 29 rushing attempts. Senior running back Keegan Small was the team’s leading rusher with 23 yards.
The Scots’ passing game was stifled by Mountlake Terrace too, completing only six passes on 24 attempts.
Junior Devante Downs led the Hawks in rushing with 158 yards on 21 attempts. Senior Mason Stone also broke the century mark in rushing with 113 yards on ten attempts and three touchdown runs of 52, 25 and seven yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Downs scored the only other Hawks’ touchdown on an 11-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Mountlake Terrace was able to break off numerous long runs against the Scots. Downs, Stone, senior Beau Kennedy, senior Lucas Pope and junior Chance Ragsdale all had runs of at least 25 yards in the game.
It may have been difficult to find any part of the Hawk game that didn’t excel in the match-up. “We need to clean up some things on special teams,” Umayam conceded. A field goal attempt was botched with a fumble snap, and Hawk punt returners were only able to field one of Shorecrest’s seven punts during the game.
Although the team still has a losing record at this point, the Hawks have a chance to reach post-season play. “We know we pretty much have to win out to have a shot at the playoffs,” Umayam said. The team had discussed the possibilities of playing beyond the regular season and used it as motivation for this week’s game, he added.
The next step to qualifying for the post-season is a match-up with Shorewood (1-6) that, despite their record, kept close to a talented Glacier Peak squad Friday night before finally succumbing to the Grizzlies 24-14. The Hawks face the T-Birds at Shoreline Stadium at 7 p.m. next Friday. And remember that you can watch the archive of Friday night’s game on the Hawk Live Sports Network.