By Chris Trujillo For The Enterprise
EDMONDS — The Mountlake Terrace Hawks held off the Everett Seagulls in a thrilling 14-13 Western Conference 3A football victory Oct. 21 in front of a spirited crowd at Edmonds Stadium.
The Seagulls missed the extra point that would have tied the score at 14 with 28 seconds remaining in regulation. The Hawks, (3-3 in the league, 5-3 overall) recovered the onside kick and preserved their hopes for a second consecutive playoff appearance.
However, the Hawks will need help in order to clinch the Wesco 3A No. 4 spot. They need a victory over longtime rival Lynnwood Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium and a Shorecrest (4-3) loss.
“This was an absolute big win,” said Mountlake Terrace quarterback Hunter Rook, who completed 5 of 12 passes for 68 yards. “We lose and our season is over. I don’t think we were favored to win, but we were confident coming in that we could win this game.”
Before the Everett snap-debacle, the Seagulls (4-2, 5-2) had positioned themselves to send the game into overtime. With less than a minute remaining, Everett drove 58 yards, followed by a 7-yard touchdown completion from quarterback Spencer McKinnon to Henry Lucas.
“I think it (the missed extra point) was a combination of a few things,” Mountlake Terrace coach Tony Umayam said. “If you get a bad snap and don’t get the ball down it makes it that much easier to block the kick. But I don’t know if we blocked it. But I think our defense played a big part on the play.”
Senior Zach Karels grabbed a wobbly McKinnon pass and returned it 52 yards to the Everett 24 and setting up what proved to be the winning touchdown. Five plays later, DeVante Downs raced 10 yards for the touchdown to give Terrace a 14-7 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The standout freshman, who tied the score at 7 early in the second quarter, finished with 122 yards on 32 carries.
Mountlake Terrace protected its lead by turning away two Everett drives that reached deep into Hawk territory late in the fourth quarter. Karels and Johnson Martinez each picked off McKinnon in the end zone on both occasions.
“Every game has been a must win,” Umayam said. “We will celebrate this victory for one day and then we get back to work … There are still a lot of things we need to work on.”
Despite giving up nearly 250 yards through the air, it was the Mountlake Terrace defense that kept the Hawks alive. The Hawks sacked McKinnon five times, intercepted him on three consecutive drives and surrendered just 39 total rushing yards.
Everett’s Lucas Sontra intercepted Rook and went 28 yards for the touchdown to give the Seagulls a first quarter 7-0 lead. The Hawks turned over the ball three times in the first half, but Everett failed to capitalize.