Lighting up the scoreboard with the most points they have ever scored during the coach Tony Umayam era, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks steamrolled the injury-plagued Lynnwood Royals 66-13 in a Wesco 3A South match-up Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
During the 10 years that Umayam has coached the team, the Hawks had never before scored in the 60s; the team had tabulated more than 50 points in a game just once (56 points against Shorewood on October 25, 2013).
In front of a large homecoming crowd at Edmonds Stadium, the Hawks scored touchdowns on each of their first seven possessions of the game. Terrace led 56-0 at halftime, enjoyed a rushing advantage of 385 yards to 136 for the game, and took the ball away from Lynnwood six times, four on fumble recoveries and two on interceptions.
Terrace (5-1 in Wesco, 6-1 overall) not only found the end zone often, but they did so quickly. The team’s first drive lasted eight plays, ending in a 1-yard Ryan Lacasse touchdown run. But the following seven scoring drives all consisted of four plays or less – three drives took just one play for the Hawks to score.
Lacasse tallied five touchdown runs for Terrace in the contest, following up his 1-yard TD run with efforts of 38, 21, 3 and 52 yards. Hawk Malcolm Johnson had a rushing touchdown of his own of 5 yards, and Colin Rucker added an 82-yard TD run. Ivan Melchor capped the Hawk scoring with a third quarter 34-yard field goal.
Terrace quarterback Justin Hopkins gave much of the credit for the team’s scoring blitz to his offensive line. “Up front we are just dominating,” he said. “We have everything down; we know exactly what our assignments are with every call.”
The Hawk offense was running in top gear as it compiled 13 first downs, 12 in the first half; only punted twice, both times in the second half after many of the team’s starters had come out of the game; and didn’t turn the ball over once during the game.
Lynnwood head coach Keauntea Bankhead, knowing his squad had been facing a tough task matching up against the red-hot Hawks, was accepting of the defeat. “Games like this you just have to take on the chin and roll with the punches,” he said.
The Royals (1-4 in Wesco, 3-4 overall) were playing with a depleted squad that was missing a number of senior starters due to injury.
Though disappointed with first half turnovers, Bankhead was pleased with his team second half effort as they scored on Justin Cachopo TD strikes of 32 yards to Kevin Nguyen and 31 yards to Lucas Jungman. He also liked the strong work of his new junior running back in to replace the injured Andrew Katzenberger.
“My hat goes off to Darney Duplissis, No. 30, a new guy who started late in the season,” Bankhead said. “He gave us his all today. He had a couple good kickoff returns and a couple runs on offense. He’s getting it (and just needs) more reps and practices, and he’ll be all right.”
Bankhead hopes to get a couple of his injured players back in time for their Oct. 24 matchup with the Shorewood T-Birds. “We just have to stay healthy because we don’t have the numbers,” he said. “When we have a couple guys go down, we’re really down.”
“We should be strong next week going into Shorewood, which is our homecoming. They should be fired up for that one,” Bankhead added.
Terrace, winners of five straight games in which they are averaging 45.4 points per game, will travel to Kingston on Oct. 24 for a non-league tilt against the 2A Buccaneers. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
– By Doug Petrowski
Lynnwood 0 0 7 6 — 13
Terrace 14 42 10 0 — 66
5:32 Ryan Lacasse (MTHS) 1-yard touchdown run; PAT good
:43 Ryan Lacasse (MTHS) 38-yard touchdown run; PAT good
11:57 Malcolm Johnson (MTHS) 5-yard touchdown run; PAT good
10:40 Ryan Lacasse (MTHS) 21-yard touchdown run; PAT good
8:08 Ryan Lacasse (MTHS) 3-yard touchdown run; PAT good
7:25 Gabe Brady (MTHS) 69-yard interception return for touchdown; PAT good
4:35 Ryan Lacasse (MTHS) 52-yard touchdown run; PAT good
1:13 Malcolm Johnson (MTHS) 1-yard touchdown run; PAT good
10:54 Colin Rucker (MTHS) 82-yard touchdown run; PAT good
6:05 Ivan Melchor (MTHS) 34-yard field goal
2:44 Justin Cachopo (LHS) 32-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Nguyen; PAT good
7:22 Justin Cachopo (LHS) 31-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Jungman; PAT blocked
Records: Mountlake Terrace 5-1 in Wesco League, 6-1 overall; 1-4, 3-4
MTHS next game: vs.Kingston, Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at Kingston High School
Lynnwood next game: vs Shorewood, Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium