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Hawks dominate the Shorewood Thunderbirds, beat them 20-0

By Corey Takeya, Staff Reporter

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Players celebrate after a touchdown.

The Hawks flew past the Shorewood Thunderbirds with a huge 20-0 victory on Friday, Sept. 22. With the victory, MTHS now has a record of 3-1 on the season. The Hawks performance was highlighted by big plays early in the game and a strong display of dominance on defense.

The Hawks wasted no time on offense, scoring a touchdown on both of their first two drives. Junior quarterback Jesse Martineau threw a 6 yard touchdown to senior Keegan Grayson in the opening drive. The touchdown was set up by a 38 yard kickoff return by Grayson and a 34 yard pass by Martineau to junior wide receiver Brandon Bach. Both the touchdown and a failed 2 point conversion gave the Hawks a 6-0 lead.

After the T-Birds failed to move the chains for a first down in their first drive, it only took the Hawks offense 2 plays to find the endzone again with a 68 yard touchdown pass from Martineau to Bach. After the touchdown, Terrace chose to make another attempt at a 2 point play and this time succeeded with another Martineau to Bach connection, extending the Hawks lead to 14-0.

Bach was one of the key players to the Hawk’s victory on Friday night with 5 receptions for 138 yards and 1 TD. 3 out of the 5 catches by Bach were good for a gain of 20+ yards. Bach’s ability to make big plays received a praise from Hawk’s Head Coach Kelly Dougan.

“[Bach] has good speed, he’s got good hands, and he runs good routes,” Dougan said. “He’s just explosive and we want to get the ball to him.”

Martineau and Grayson both got playing time at quarterback on Friday night. Martineau threw 6 completion for 128 yards with 2 touchdowns. Grayson threw 5 completions for 38 yards and added another 24 yards on the ground, including a 2 yard run into the endzone in the third quarter. Coach Dougan felt the collaborative effort between the two quarterbacks was highly effective.

“It’s a luxury to have two guys that play as well as they do,” Dougan said. “Obviously, Jesse threw two fantastic passes early in the game to give us a 14 point lead and Keegan keeps things going for us on the ground.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Hawks dominated their opponent, allowing no points to be scored by Shorewood and holding the T-Birds to only 130 total yards of offense. Terrace had no problem getting into Shorewoods backfield, racking up 12 tackles for a loss, including 5 sacks.

Grayson led the team in tackles, recording 7 total tackles, including 2 tackles for a loss and a sack.  Senior defensive end JaBrae Richardson and junior linebacker George DeVries led the way for the pass rush attack with a combined 9 total tackles and 4 sacks. Grayson also credited the addition of senior defensive tackle Daniel Yatsuk and Senior linebacker Chandler Ormiston to the success of the pass rush and run defense.

The Hawks look to take this momentum into a conference matchup against the Meadowdale Mavericks (2-2) on September 29, 8:00 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium.

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Hawks dominate the Shorewood Thunderbirds, beat them 20-0