The high-flying Everett Seagulls came into their match-up against the Mountlake Terrace Hawks Friday averaging 34.4 points per game – and while the Hawks were able to keep the Seagulls grounded for awhile, the visiting team was eventually able to find their wings and soar past Terrace in the second half.
Everett scored 28 points after halftime and defeated the Hawks 37-10 in a Wesco League South Conference game played at Edmonds Stadium.
Seagulls quarterback Murdock Rutledge completed 18 of 25 pass attempts for 244 yards and three touchdowns Friday; the 6-5 senior also ran for a 3-yard score, keeping the ball and finding the end zone on an option play.
Two of Rutledge’s three touchdown tosses went to Louis Davis, a 6-foot-6 wide receiver that Mountlake Terrace found difficult to match up with.
“Ultimately those big receivers (against) our not-quite-as-big defensive backs, that hurt us a few times,” admitted Terrace Coach Kelly Dougan. “We knew they were going to take advantage of that.”
Lewis, who snatched touchdown passes of 45- and 16-yards, is one of eight wide receivers on the Everett roster that are six-feet in height or taller. The two tallest of the Hawk starting defensive backs are just 5-10.
The Seagulls piled up 409 yards of offense and 20 first downs in Friday’s tilt; Terrace was held to 213 yards of offense and 10 first downs.
Dougan was pleased at his team’s defensive effort in holding Everett to just nine first half points, but the Seagulls emphasized the run game more after halftime and wore down the Hawks.
“It didn’t surprise me that they came out in the second half and tried to soften us up in the middle,” Dougan said. “It was a good tactic.”
Everett’s four second half touchdown drives covered 38, 50, 60 and 91 yards.
The Mountlake Terrace offense struggled to move the ball consistently, but Dougan was still fairly satisfied with the unit’s work. “Offensive, again, we’re still working in a relatively new quarterback; we’re still working in a relatively new offense with the I-formations sets that we’re using,” Dougan explained.
The Hawks’ game plan Friday was to go after the Seagulls defensive backs; “We thought we could throw the ball,” Dougan said. Terrace quarterback Andrew Blair completed 10 of 22 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown — a 56-yard strike to Austin Bach with 7:32 left in the third quarter. But the touchdown play accounted for all of the offensive yardage gained by the Hawks in the second half as the running game sputtered and Terrace receivers had difficulty holding on to passes thrown their way.
“We had a few drop off their hands,” Dougan noted.
After scoring 18 points the week before, the Hawks couldn’t match that output against the Seagulls on Friday. “It certainly would have been nice to put more points on the board; we had our chances,” Dougan added. “Penalties killed us.”
The Hawks were flagged ten times for 116 yards in the contest, including numerous personal fouls and unsportsmanlike behavior calls throughout the game.
“We need to re-focus the guys on playing football, not letting their emotions get the better of them,” Dougan said.
The Hawks will have their next chance to show their mettle on Friday, Oct. 14 when they meet the Snohomish Panthers at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
In other MTHS sports on Friday, the boys tennis team slipped past the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors 4-3 at Edmonds-Woodway High School. The Hawks won all four singles’ matches to pick up the team victory.
Prep Football: Everett at Mountlake Terrace, Oct. 7
Everett 0 9 13 15 — 37
Terrace 3 0 0 7 — 10
4:33 Bryon Shelton (Mountlake Terrace) 27-yard field goal
11:13 Murdock Rutledge (Everett) 17-yard TD pass to Jacob Leonard; PAT kick blocked
6:18 David Eisenkraft (Everett) 24-yard field goal
6:37 Murdock Rutledge (Everett) 45-yard TD pass to Louis Davis; two-point conversion attempt failed
2:34 Murdock Rutledge (Everett) 3-yard TD run; David Eisenkraft PAT kick good
8:33 Murdock Rutledge (Everett) 16-yard TD pass to Louis Davis; two-point conversion attempt good
7:32 Andrew Blair (Mountlake Terrace) 56-yard TD pass to Austin Bach; Bryon Shelton PAT kick good
3:03 Jacob Leonard (Everett) 20-yard TD run; David Eisenkraft PAT kick good
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 2-3 overall; Everett 1-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference; 3-2 overall
Mountlake Terrace next game: versus Snohomish, Friday, Oct. 14, 7:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish
Prep Boys Tennis: Mountlake Terrace at Edmonds-Woodway, Oct. 7
Mountlake Terrace 4 — Edmonds-Woodway 3
Singles: Jeremy Ansdell (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Nick Berni (Edmonds-Woodway) 6-2, 6-1; Adam Lorraine (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Jordan Megiveron (Edmonds-Woodway) 6-3, 6-2; Max Leidig (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Jacob Willcox (Edmonds-Woodway) 6-4, 6-2; Max Knibbe (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Josh Capuzzi (Edmonds-Woodway) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles: Drew Boland / Lachlan Rogan (Edmonds-Woodway) defeated Drake Day / Trevor Swanson (Mountlake Terrace) 2-6, 6-0, 6-2; Jack Rettenmier / Arun Kalohke (Edmonds-Wooday) defeated Alec Ung / Mark Primavera (Mountlake Terrace) 6-2, 6-0; Erik Ratchford / Joe Flynn (Edmonds-Woodway) defeated Morgan Subert / Owen Jones (Mountlake Terrace) 6-1, 6-2
Records: Mountlake Terrace 5-3 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 9-3 overall; Edmonds-Woodway 3-5 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference; 4-7 overall
Mountlake Terrace next match: versus Meadowdale, Monday, Oct. 10, 3:30 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
Edmonds-Woodway next match: versus Shorewood, Monday, Oct. 10, 3:30 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School
–By Doug Petrowski