A spirited Mountlake Terrace Hawks jumped on the Lynnwood Royals early and came away with a 30-13 victory in the 2019 football season finale for both teams on Thursday.
Terrace reached the end zone on each of its first two possessions to build a 14-0 lead over the Royals, an advantage that the Hawks would not lose in the game played at Edmonds Stadium.
Senior running back Seydou Traore capped off a 71-yard nine-play opening drive with an 8-yard touchdown run for the Hawks. Four minutes later his brother, Rocco Traore, threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Dahlman and Terrace had built their two-score lead.
While the Hawks were mounting a pair of first quarter scoring drives, the Royals struggled to move the ball early on. Lynnwood gained just five yards of total offense in the first quarter compared to Terrace’s 159 yards.
Hawks’ Coach Tony Umayam credited his team’s mentality going into the season-ending contest for the quick start and the win.
“When we don’t make the playoffs like this year, we have to treat this like a bowl game,” Umayam said. “And it had a little extra juice because we have a nice rivalry with Lynnwood.”
The game was the first for Rocco Traore — just a sophomore — in the quarterback position and the first this season for Dahlman, who had started the previous eight Terrace games at quarterback, split out wide as a receiver.
The other Terrace touchdowns in the game were scored in the fourth quarter by running backs Dylan Breuer (a 16-yard TD run) and Jordan Sims (a 1-yard TD run).
The Hawks also picked up two points on a safety when a center snap went over the head of Lynnwood punter Miguel Hurtado and through the Royals’ end zone in second quarter.
Lynnwood scored its first touchdown of the game when a seven-play 89-yard drive ended with a 2-yard TD run by senior Daniel Tran. The big play in the drive was a 64-yard pass-and-run connection from quarterback Nate Killen to Adrian Morgan.
The only other Royals’ points of the game came with :03 to go in the game when quarterback Julius Heudorf found Tanner Fahey for a 16-yard TD reception.
“We just couldn’t get things going on offense quite how we wanted to,” said Lynnwood Coach Keauntea Bankhead.
Despite the loss, Bankhead was positive when reflecting back on a season that included four victories by his Lynnwood squad.
“Overall, I’m proud of my guys,” Bankhead said. “After going 1-19 over two years, just to come out and win some games I am very grateful. From week one to week ten I’ve seen progress from everyone on the field. To me that means their learning, their being coachable … we’ve got a good group of guys.”
In other Lynnwood sports results on Thursday, the Royals volleyball team secured a spot in the District 1 3A Volleyball Tournament with a 3-1 (9-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20) come-from-behind win over the Squalicum Storm in a district tourney play-in match played at Squalicum High School in Bellingham.
Lynnwood lost the first game 25-9 but roared back to capture the next three over the Storm to claim the match victory.
The Royals enter the double-elimination district tourney as the no.9 seed and will first face the no.1-seeded Arlington Eagles on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Arlington High School; first serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
To view the entire District 1 3A Volleyball Tournament bracket, click www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3106&sport=10.
Prep Football: Mountlake Terrace at Lynnwood, Nov. 7
Terrace 14 2 0 14 — 30
Lynnwood 0 6 0 7 — 13
First quarter scoring:
8:21 — Seydou Traore (Mountlake Terrace) 5-yard TD run; Alberto Paredes PAT kick is blocked
4:18 — Rocco Traore (Mountlake Terrace) 20-yard TD pass to Elijah Dahlman; two-point conversion run is good
Second quarter scoring:
6:53 — Daniel Tran (Lynnwood) 2-yard TD run; Andrew Archide PAT kick is blocked
1:31 — Lynnwood snaps ball out back of own end zone, resulting in safety
Fourth quarter scoring:
4:42 — Dylan Breuer (Mountlake Terrace) 28-yard TD run; Alberto Paredes PAT kick is good
:56 — Jordan Sims (Mountlake Terrace) 1-yard TD run; Noah Thompson PAT kick is good
:03 — Julius Heudorf (Lynnwood) 16-yard TD pass to Tanner Fahey; Andrew Archide PAT kick is good
Records: Lynnwood 4-6 overall; Mountlake Terrace 4-5 overall
Prep Volleyball: Lynnwood at Squalicum, Nov. 7 (District 1 3A Volleyball Tournament play-in loser-out match)
Lynnwood 3 – Squalicum 1 (9-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20)
Records: Lynnwood 7-8 overall; Squalicum 7-8 overall
Lynnwood next match: versus Arlington; Tuesday, Nov. 12; 7 p.m. at Arlington High School (District 1 3A Volleyball Tournament first round match)
— By Doug Petrowski