Mount Si football sews up playoff game in second quarter
November 14, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
A slow-moving, low-scoring first quarter in the football game between Mount Si High School and Glacier Peak was followed by an explosive second frame, which helped tip the scales way in the Wildcats favor for a 52-19 final.
The first quarter of the state playoff round, held in Snohomish, wracked up more penalties on both sides than points. But the frame ended with a 34-yard field goal by Grizzly Spencer Petit, and a 22-yarder by Wildcat Cameron Van Winkle, who was named KingCo 3A Special Teams Player of the Year.
Glacier Peak quarterback Chris Becerra’s first pass in the second quarter was intercepted by Wildcat Beau Shain, which set up Mount Si 15 yards from the end zone.
Mount Si quarterback Nick Mitchell tossed a 14-yard pass to Griffin McLain, for the team’s first touchdown of the night. McLain also clenched the title of KingCo Lineman of the Year.
Just a few minutes into the second frame, Trent Riley, KingCo Offensive Player of the Year, caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell.
But it was the final two minutes of the quarter that Wildcats Coach Charlie Kinnune, named KingCo 3A Coach of the Year, described as “explosive.”
Mount Si’s running back Evan Johnson, with 2:14 left in the frame, grabbed a handoff from Mitchell, jumped in the air like a hurdler over a Grizzly and ran 11 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 24-3.
After the punt return, Glacier Peak was on first and 10 at its own 20-yard line, but Wildcat Tyler Button intercepted Becerra’s first pass.
In one play, Mitchell passed a 21-yarder to Riley standing in the end zone, for a 30-3 lead with 1:51 left in the quarter.
Riley, who was named KingCo Punt Returner of the Year, then caught a 41-yard pass from Mitchell and ran it in for a 38-3 lead with 43 seconds left before the end of the half.
Glacier Peak’s Becerra faked a pass, handed to Michael Palmer who ran 23 yards; however, Becerra’s next pass was intercepted by Joey Cotto, who ran 43 yards for another Mount Si touchdown, making it 45-3 at the end of the first half.
The third quarter only saw one game highlight, with Wildcat Keenan McVein’s 1-yard run, making it 52-3 and ensuring a continuous clock running most of the second half.
By the fourth quarter, Kinnune played his second string, and that’s when Glacier Peak started showing how it earned a 9-1 record.
The Grizzlies’ Sean Elledge ran 54 yards for the team’s first touchdown of the night, and Josh May completed a 2-point conversion. That was quickly followed by May catching a 14-yard pass from Becerra for a touchdown, and Austin Hines getting another conversion, with a 52-19 final.
Kinnune said after the game that he was impressed that his Wildcats were still improving, even this far into the playoff season.
“That says a lot about where we are in this program,” he said.
Riley, who sat out his entire junior year due to an injury from basketball, now has 22 touchdowns this season, breaking the school record last week with 19.
“Twenty two, that’s just amazing,” Kinnune said. “I don’t think we even had 22 touchdowns all last season.”
He pointed out that last season, most of the points scored came from Van Winkle field goals.
Mitchell is also having an impressive year. The junior quarterback broke the school record of four touchdown passes in a game when he tossed five Nov. 2, but he shattered the school’s record of touchdown passes during a season, which was 16 and now stands at 28.
Mount Si advances to the state quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Wildcats stadium. They face the Kennedy Catholic Lancers, the first team the Wildcats shut out this season with a 30-0 score.