Any hopes of the Mountlake Terrace Hawks getting into the 2A State Football Playoffs were washed away on Friday after a heartbreaking 14-13 loss to the Cedarcrest Red Wolves in a Northwest Conference Lake Division contest played at Edmonds Stadium.
The Red Wolves scored with 4:05 to go in the game when quarterback Cameron Kohlross found his big 6-foot-8 tight end Matthew Weinert in the end zone for a two-yard, game-winning touchdown pass completion.
Following the Cedarcrest extra point and down 14-13, Terrace still had four minutes left in the contest to mount a drive and possibly attempt a game-winning field goal; the Hawks got as far as the Cedarcrest 38-yard line but a sack and loss of seven yards, then an incomplete pass on fourth down and 12 yards to go, sealed the win for the Red Wolves.
The teams waged a tight battle throughout the game; the score had been tied 7-7 at halftime before Terrace scored in a fortunate way late in the third quarter to take the lead – Michael Sorenson looked to be heading for a Terrace rushing touchdown when the senior fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line. The ball squirted into the end zone and a number of Hawk and Red Wolves players dove for the ball — but it was Noah Thompson who emerged from the fracas with ball in hand and the Terrace was awarded the score.
The celebration was short lived, though, for the Hawks and Thompson, who also serves as the team’s kicker. On the ensuing point-after try, a poor snap from center threw off the timing between Thompson and his holder and the PAT kick missed badly, leaving Terrace with a 13-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Cedarcrest’s fourth-quarter comeback spoiled a homecoming night for the Hawks that included a strong rushing performance in the game. Junior Jordan Sims ran for 106 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown for Terrace in the loss.
The game also was slowed by torrential rain during the first half and a 30-minute delay when lightning was seen in the area of Edmonds Stadium. After the lightning strike, the two teams retreated to their locker rooms with 3:40 to go in the first quarter, then returned 30 minutes later to resume play.
With the loss, Terrace finishes Northwest Conference Lake Division play at 1-2 and in third place in the division. The team finished fourth in the 2A District 1/2 Lake teams RPI rankings — the top three teams in the rankings (Liberty, Sehome, Cedarcrest) move into a district playoff round against conference Sky Division teams on Nov. 1.
With the Hawks failing to earn a playoff berth, the team is now expected to play a game against a yet-to-be-determined, non-playoff opponent either Friday or Saturday, Nov. 1 or 2, at a site to be announced.
Prep Football: Cedarcrest at Mountlake Terrace, Oct. 25
Cedarcrest 0 7 0 7 — 14
Terrace 7 0 6 0 — 13
First quarter scoring:
8:30 — Jordan Sims (Mountlake Terrace) 5-yard TD run; Noah Thompson PAT kick good
Second quarter scoring:
3:34 — Cameron Kohlruss (Cedarcrest) 28-yard TD pass to Andrew Kevin; Nathan Gerde PAT kick good
Third quarter scoring:
:56 — Noah Thompson (Mountlake Terrace) fumble recovery in end zone for touchdown; PAT kick no good
Fourth quarter scoring:
4:05 — Cameron Kohlruss (Cedarcrest) 2-yard TD pass to Matthew Weinert; Nathan Gerde PAT kick good
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-2 in 2A Northwest Conference Lake Division, 3-4 overall; Cedarcrest 2-1 in 2A Northwest Conference Lake Division, 6-2 overall
Mountlake Terrace next game: versus opponent to-be-determined; Friday or Saturday, Nov. 1 or 2; time and place to be announced
— By Doug Petrowski