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New-look Mountlake Terrace hopes to surprise

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By David Pan
Herald Writer
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  • Mountlake Terrace's Quintin Barnard (left) collides with a teammate during a recent scrimmage. The Hawks are changing their helmets this season in hop...

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    Mountlake Terrace's Quintin Barnard (left) collides with a teammate during a recent scrimmage. The Hawks are changing their helmets this season in hopes of making a statement this season.

The Mountlake Terrace football team is going to look a little bit different when the players hit the field this fall.
It's not that the roster has experienced a huge turnover. In fact, almost all of the key players from last year's team are back.
The Hawks' helmets, however, are going to be a darker shade of gray. The change is a way for the team to make a statement about the upcoming 2012 season.
After back-to-back 6-4 seasons and the school's first-ever district playoff appearance, Mountlake Terrace endured a tough 2011 campaign, finishing with a 2-8 record.
The helmet color change helps to signify a new start.
"Even though a lot of the same players are back, it's a whole new group of players that is on the roster than the group of previous three or four years that really turned the program around," Mountlake Terrace coach Tony Umayam said. "They want to start their own identity from the group that turned the Terrace program around."
Last season's struggles weren't a huge surprise since the roster was the youngest in terms of experience that Umayam has coached in his nine-year tenure with the Hawks.
"The good thing about that is we pretty much have everyone back from last year," he said. "We do have a lot of varsity game experience on the roster."

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