Mount Si record breakers head to second round

November 7, 2012

By Michele Mihalovich

By Calder Productions
Wildcat Trent Riley catchs a Nick Mitchell pass in the Nov. 2 playoff game against Auburn Mountainview. Mount Si won 52-7.

As far as senior football seasons go, this one has been amazing for Mount Si High School’s football team, said Wildcat Jimbo Davis. And it’s not over yet.

State and school records have been broken. The Wildcats ended the regular season with an 8-1 record, their best in years. On Nov. 2, they trounced Auburn Mountainview 52-7 and now head into the state playoff round against Glacier Peak next weekend.

And as Davis, who pulled a Lion’s pass out of the sky Friday night, as well as put a touchdown on the board, tells it, “We’ve just been taking it one game at a time. I’m basically just having fun with my friends. We all grew up together.”

That longtime connection might explain what the seniors, and some juniors, have done on the field this year.

Senior kicker Cameron Van Winkle, on Oct. 5, broke the state record for career field goals, which marked his 34th at the time. He’s since made several more field goals, including a 23-yarder against the Lions Friday night, his eighth this season. Van Winkle, who has committed to University of Washington, also leads KingCo 3A conference ‘end of the regular season’ stats with the most kicking scores: 66 points in the nine-game regular season.

Seniors Beau Shain and Trent Riley also lead the conference in most interceptions: four and three, respectively. However, Riley grabbed another interception during the Mountainview game, as did senior Hank Van Liew.

Riley also leads the conference for the most touchdowns during regular season, wracking up 16 – that’s four more than Bellevue’s John Nguyen. However, Riley posted three more touchdowns at Friday’s game, and broke Mount Si’s previous record of most touchdowns in a season, which was 18.

Van Liew and junior Evan Johnson lead KingCo 3A in solo tackles, with 42 and 40 respectively. Senior Hunter Malberg is ranked fourth, with 35 solos and 45 assists.

And for sacks this regular season, Bellevue’s Myles Jack takes the title with 10 (and posted six more in the first half of their first playoff game Friday), but is followed by so many Wildcats, they need mentioning: seniors Griffin McLain (6), Zack Blazevich (6), Stephen Nnabue (4), Jordon Aune (2), Joey Cotto (2), Van Liew (2), as well as juniors Johnson and Shain, each with two.

Wildcat junior quarterback Nick Mitchell made a little bit of school history Friday night as well. He broke the school record of four touchdown passes in a game when he tossed five Friday, but he shattered the school’s record of touchdown passes during a season, which was 16 and now stands at 24.

At Friday’s game against the Lions, Mitchell, in addition to passing for 273 yards and five touchdowns, ran four yards for a score.

Two of those touchdown passes went to Cameron McLain and Davis, but three sailed into Riley’s hands.

There’s no mistaking the connection that Mitchell and Riley have with each other, especially since this is their first season together as quarterback and wide receiver.

Riley said the two of them worked a lot together on the off season, and Mitchell said that when they could have been sleeping in on Saturdays, the two of them were out working on their plays at 8 a.m.

We’ll see if those old and new connections are still holding when Mount Si faces Glacier Peak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Snohomish High School, 1316 5th St., Snohomish.

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