In a clash they were hoping to make a lot of noise in, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks ended up going quietly into the night, losing to the Marysville-Getchell Chargers 31-14 in a Wesco 3A crossover game Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
The Chargers scored on their first two possessions of the ball, built up a 17-0 lead at halftime and led by as many as 25 points in the second half to subdue a lackadaisical Mountlake Terrace team.
“Determination, want-to, desire – that’s what I feel we were lacking for large periods of the game,” said Hawk coach Kelly Dougan. “They wanted it more and it showed on the field.”
“It’s disappointing,” Dougan added. “I mean this is a game we really thought we should have won, and possibly could have won pretty convincingly.”
But it was the Chargers that looked convincing Friday night. Junior running back Collin Montez had three touchdown runs of 5-, 9- and 34-yards to lead M-G offensively. Charlie Tait added a 4-yard TD run for Marysville-Getchell.
The Hawks gave their fans little to cheer about until the 3:53 mark of the third quarter when senior Jordan Bishop took a handoff and dashed around the right side 68 yards for a touchdown, pulling Mountlake Terrace to within 11 points at 17-6. But the Chargers answered just 89 seconds later when Montez scored one of his TD’s and the rout was on.
Mountlake Terrace would find the end zone one more time late when Riley Morrin scored on a 6-yard sweep, but with just 32 seconds remaining in the game the touchdown was inconsequential to the game’s outcome.
“I mean, you lose by 17, you lose by 70; it really doesn’t matter,” Dougan said.
The coach did like the effort he has been seeing out of Morrin lately. “Boy, he’s been pretty tough for us the last few weeks,” Dougan said of the senior. “He’s been doing a great job on offense and defense.”
The Hawks had to again go without senior Mikey Jenson, who had handled quarterback and kicking duties during the team’s first seven games of the season. Jenson had surgery Friday morning on his left foot – a foot with two fractures and a torn ligament – and had to watch the game from the grandstands.
With no other kicker on the roster, Mountlake Terrace had to abandon its punting game and instead try to reach first down yardage on every fourth down they faced; the offense converted only twice. “That killed us field position-wise,” Dougan said.
Mountlake Terrace will close its season on Friday, Nov. 6, in another Wesco 3A crossover game, this time against the Stanwood Spartans. The matchup, to be played at Stanwood High School, is one Dougan is especially looking forward to due to his relationship with Spartan coach Erik Keizer.
“Erik and I have been running the Gridiron Football Camp (for third through ninth graders) on Whidbey Island together for over 10 years,” Dougan said. “I know a lot of the Stanwood coaches.”
Like Marysville-Getchell, the Spartans only compiled a 1-4 record against other Wesco 3A North rivals this season. But Stanwood will enter the regular season finale against the Hawks with a two-game winning streak after defeating the Shorewood T-Birds 41-20 Friday and the M-G Chargers 55-39 on Oct. 23.
After starting the year 3-0, the Hawks have now lost three of their last four games. “We’ll go back in, regroup and try to take a good effort up to Stanwood and finish the season on an upswing,” Dougan said.
— By Doug Petrowski
Prep Football: Marysville-Getchell at Mountlake Terrace, Oct. 30
Marysville-Getchell 10 7 7 7 — 31
Mountlake Terrace 0 0 6 8 — 14
8:06 Kyle Green (MGHS) 18-yard field goal
1:17 Charlie Tait (MGHS) 4-yard TD run; Kyle Green PAT kick good
8:16 Collin Montez (MGHS) 34-yard TD run; Kyle Green PAT kick good
3:53 Jordan Bishop (MTHS) 68-yard TD run; two-point conversion pass attempt incomplete
2:24 Collin Montez (MGHS) 5-yard TD run; Kyle Green PAT kick good
7:36 Collin Montez (MGHS) 9-yard TD run; Kyle Green PAT kick good
:32 Riley Morrin (MTHS) 6-yard TD run; two-point conversion pass from Garrett McDowell to Riley Morrin successful
Records: Mountlake Terrace 3-3 in Wesco 3A South play, 5-4 overall; Marysville-Getchell 1-4 in Wesco 3A North play, 3-6 overall
Mountlake Terrace next game: vs. Stanwood, Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. at Stanwood High School