Hawks fight Warriors, fall 35-0

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Hawks fight Warriors, fall 35-0

By Austin McDermott, Sports Co-Editor

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Say goodbye to your hair, Steve Willits. (For those who don’t know, SLSN announcer made a bet that if the Hawks fell to the Warriors he would shave his head for “Celebrate Schools! 5K Run/Walk for the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation.)

The MTHS Hawks fell to the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors 35-0, though the score hardly reflects how the game was played.

That being said, the first half looked a whole heck of lot better than the second half.

The Hawks came out and on the first play of their opening possession, emergency backup QB Jonathan Williams fumbled the ball, turning it over to the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors. Williams, who normally plays RB/DB, was filling in for the injured Justin Hopkins.

After allowing an Warrior touchdown, a 22 yard run by senior RB Junior Opoku-Mensah, the Hawks’ found their rhythm, and despite numerous injuries to key players, were able to compete with a very strong Warrior team.

Despite his opening fumble, Williams also looked sharp, making several big plays for the Hawks, even though playing out of position.

The Hawks’ running game was still not where it needs to be to compete with big teams, such as the Warriors, but Chance Ragsdale, Eni Klosi, and Ryan Lacasse held their own and were successfully able to establish the run, something they never got close to last week against the Spartans.

Brett Potter, Austin Bates, Kaleb Davis, and Toby Munnis, and James Poellinger anchored what was a very solid defensive performance, especially compared to last week and despite the fact that both Dexter Kemper and Jevin Phainui were out due to injuries.  After looking simply overpowered by Stanwood last week, the short-handed defensive line held its’s own against the noticeable larger Warrior line.

“It’s one of those situations where our lack of depth is showing. Jonathan came in and played quarterback, and he’s played three days of quarterback in his life. He went out there and gave it one heck of an effort. We had a lot of young guys playing.” Coach Uymaum commented on the team’s effort after the game.

It was another learning week for a young and battered Hawks team. Things are looking up though, and next week they take on a much easier Lynnwood opponent.

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