MTHS football coach says steady offensive performance will be key vs. Meadowdale Friday

Tony Umayan

By Doug Petrowski

MTHS football head coach Tony Umayam was pleased with his team’s outcome and effort in their 48-0 victory over Everett last week, but is cautious looking ahead to this week’s homecoming game against Meadowdale.

The Hawks (2-3) take on the sixth-ranked Mavericks Friday night at Edmonds Stadium at 8 p.m.

“Meadowdale is a very good football team with explosive guys who carry the football,” Umayam said. “Defensively they are really tough and provide a stiff challenge to almost any offense.”

Coach Umayam thinks a steady offensive performance may be the key to this Friday’s match-up. “We are going to have to do a nice job sustaining drives and taking care of the football on offense,” he said.

The Hawks did just that against Everett last Friday, racking up 323 yards on the ground with a relentless running attack and only four passes attempted. “The huge disparity on Friday was due to the fact that our running game was working so well,” Umayam explained.

The coach praised the team’s linemen, who opened up holes in Everett’s defense for Hawk running backs Devante Downs, Chance Ragsdale, Ryan LaCasse, Lucas Pope and Mason Stone. “The offensive line had their best game of the year,” he said.

Mountlake Terrace is preparing to face a Meadowdale squad that has also run the ball successfully of late. “Defensively, we have to be ready for their power run game, but stay disciplined enough to react to their play action passing attack,” Umayam explained.

Meadowdale is 5-0 this season and have outscored their opponents 183-47.

You can watch the action live on the Hawk Sports Network here.

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