Prep football: Hawks finish season with 41-12 loss to Stanwood

The Mountlake Terrace Hawks line up for their final game of the 2015 season, an away match-up at Stanwood.
The Mountlake Terrace Hawks line up for their final game of the 2015 season, an away match-up at Stanwood.

On a breezy night at Bob Larson Stadium in Stanwood, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks had trouble standing up against the wind and the fired-up Stanwood Spartans. Stanwood scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions, led at halftime 28-6, and ultimately blew away the visiting Hawks 41-12 Friday night.

Stanwood quarterback Kole Johnson took advantage of a depleted Mountlake Terrace secondary, completing 15 of 19 pass attempts for 260 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Spartans to victory.

Looking very different from a team that won only one game against their Wesco League North Conference rivals, Stanwood put together a dominating performance, collecting 16 first downs to only seven for Terrace and outgaining the Hawks in total yards 342 to 175.

“We caught Stanwood when they were very much on the upswing,” said Hawk Head Coach Kelly Dougan. “They had some struggles in the middle of the year and Coach (Eric) Keizer got in there and, after a couple weeks under him, got them straightened out.”

Terrace was without a number of usual key contributors due to injuries, a reoccurring story line for this year’s squad. The latest to join the list of unavailable Hawks was senior wide receiver and defensive back Jake Lampers, who sat out his final prep game due to the lingering effects of a concussion he suffered in the Hawks’ Oct. 30 match-up against Marysville-Getchell.

While the defense found it tough to stop Stanwood’s offensive attack, Terrace struggled to get anything going themselves on offense against the bigger Spartan defense. The only score by the Hawk offensive unit was on a 1-yard touchdown run by Garrett McDowell in the fourth quarter; the Hawks had recovered a Spartan fumble at the Stanwood 3-yard line to set up the score.

The only other Terrace points came from a Riley Morrin 55-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

Sophomore quarterback Keegan Grayson (left) hands off to Jordan Bishop in the second quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Keegan Grayson (left) hands off to Jordan Bishop in the second quarter.

As the tilt marked the end of the Hawk’s 2015 season, coaches used the Wesco North/South crossover game as an opportunity to look ahead to 2016, playing nearly every available player on the team roster. “We played a lot of sophomores, a lot of juniors, in some ways gearing up for next year,” Dougan said.

Keegan Grayson got his first taste of quarterbacking the Terrace varsity squad as the sophomore started the game. “He’s been our JV quarterback all season long and been working hard,” explained Dougan. “He would have played the second half but his neck got tweaked a little bit — just a muscle spasm — so we decided to pull him out.”

McDowell, a junior, handled the quarterback duties for the Hawks in the second half. Grayson and McDowell combined went 4-13 passing for just 17 yards in the match-up.

The game marked the end of the high school football careers of a number of Hawks, including Chaplyn Mack (in cap) and Drew Klippert (behind).
The game marked the end of the high school football careers of a number of Hawks, including Chase DeAlba (in cap) and Drew Klippert (behind).

After the game, Dougan praised a number of his seniors for their efforts throughout the season, beginning with lineman Drew Klippert. “Just a man; offense, defense, leader of our line and he was great,” Dougan said. “He’s going to get some postseason recognition for the season he had. And he deserves it.”

Klippert led the Hawks in tackles Friday night with seven.

Other seniors who played their final game for Terrace on Friday included Morrin, Ilai Wilson, Miles Allen, Jordan Bishop, Chase DeAlba, Chaplyn Mack and Michael Liddell.

Coach Kelly Dougan (in gray jacket) addresses the team for the final time following their 41-12 loss to Stanwood.
Coach Kelly Dougan (in gray jacket) addresses the team for the final time following their 41-12 loss to Stanwood.

Terrace finished the 2015 season with an overall record of 5-5 under first-year Coach Dougan.

The offseason will be a short one for the Hawks as Dougan hopes to get the returning underclassmen back into training this winter. “We’ll take November off for sure, then decide when we’re going to get back into the weight room and start working for 2016,” Dougan said.
Prep Football: Mountlake Terrace at Stanwood, Nov. 6

Terrace          0        6          0          6          —         12
Stanwood      21       7          6          7          —         41

First Quarter
10:37 Kole Johnson (Stanwood) 40-yard TD pass to Aaron Maritz; Luis Equesz Limpias PAT kick good
7:16 Drew Shuckerow (Stanwood) 5-yard TD run; Luis Equesz Limpias PAT kick good
2:13 Kole Johnson (Stanwood) 28-yard TD pass to AJ Martinka; Luis Equesz Limpias PAT kick good

Second Quarter
10:47 Riley Morrin (MTHS) 55-yard TD punt return; Two-point conversion fails
1:54 Kole Johnson (Stanwood) 1-yard TD pass to Jack Delich; Luis Equesz Limpias PAT kick good

Third Quarter
5:46 Kole Johnson (Stanwood) 15-yard TD pass to Kyle Jackels; Luis Equesz Limpias PAT kick no good

Fourth Quarter
10:58 Kole Johnson (Stanwood) 18-yard TD pass to Jack Delich; Luis Equesz Limpias PAT kick good
5:40 Garrett McDowell (MTHS) 5-yard TD run; Two-point conversion fails

Records: Mountlake Terrace 3-3 in Wesco League conference play, 5-5 overall; Stanwood 1-4 in Wesco League conference play, 4-6 overall

— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski

 

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