Football team aiming to follow incredible season
August 28, 2013
By Brandon Adam
Mount Si Varsity football is aiming for another excellent season this year, featuring a strong, talented, and cohesive team. Last year, the Wildcats went 8-1 in their regular season and then 11-2 in conference, earning a trip to the Dome. They lost to Bellevue High School in their final game.
“I believe we will continue our appearance in the state plays offs,” head football coach Charlie Kinnune said.
The team has hit the ground running starting two-a-day practices in preparation for the Wildcat’s first non-league game against Juanita High School on Sept 20.
“We believe that’s a playoff game,” Kinnune said. “We’re playing for a spot right there.”
The coach hopes to keep his roster healthy to make another mark in the KingCo Athletic Conference.
“I think we have the ability to make a deep run if we’re healthy,” Coach Kinnune said.
Kinnune credits the team’s last year’s success to their hard work and competitive spirit through win or defeat.
Even when the Wildcats faced their only two losses of the season against Bellevue High School, one during the regular season and one during conference, Kinnune recalls the team immediately training the day after their last game.
“The day after the Bellevue loss there were seventy kids in the weight room lifting weights,” Kinnune said.
The combination of the team’s work ethic and individual talent will prove to be an ambitious year for Mount. Si Football.
One of the athletic talents this season is senior quarterback Nick Mitchell. Mitchell stands 6’3 and 185 lbs. and had an impressive season as a passer last fall. He was First Team All-KingCo Conference Quarterback, completing 33 passing touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns and accumulating a total of 2,329 yards. That makes Mitchell one of high school’s hottest prospects.
“Last year was our best season ever but we lost in the semi finals,” Mitchell said. “We definitely want to strive to do better then last year’s team.”
With his high passing touchdown rate with only six interceptions, it appears Mitchell’s best attribute is his arm and accuracy. Mitchell, however, believes his best attribute, as a team player is being a leader.
“He’s like a mini-coach Kinnue,” said Bailey Tackus, senior running back.
Mitchell is anticipating another great year and hopes the off-season training will payoff.
“We’ve been training for eight months now and we’ve been putting in hard work in the weight room,” Mitchell said. “Team records are what I’m most concerned about now.”
Mitchell has his sights set on leading the team to the Tacoma Dome again this season and only hopes to get better as the team’s quarterback.
Mitchell has impressive targets in his arsenal this season. One of those is senior tight end Beau Shaine. Shaine stood out as a defensive back last year leading the league in interceptions but strives to be an offensive threat this year.
“I didn’t have much of role in offense last year,” Beau said. “I have a better chance to this year.”
Shaine also wants to repeat his success as a defensive threat as well.
“I want to be the league leader in tackles and interceptions again,” he said.
Another target for Mitchell is Tackus. Tackus scored five touchdowns as running back last year but is likely to be another target for Mitchell this year. Tackus hopes his leadership skills will positively impact the younger players of the team.
Carrying the ball and also blocking for Mitchell is senior running back and linebacker Evan Johnson. Defined as the emotional leader of team, Johnson see’s his role as crucial for the team’s performance. Johnson’s duty will be to fire up the team before every game.
“Overall as a team you really need that fire,” Johnson said.
Mitchell will also be well protected in the pocket this season. One of the key blockers on the offensive line is 6’3” and 305 lbs. senior Jack Nordby.
Nordby plays as offensive tackle and understands the importance of protecting Mitchell while throwing the ball.
“He has a great arm,” Nordby said. “We got to protect him so he can do that.”
Indeed the offensive line can be assured that their hard work will not go unnoticed while taking the brunt of the defense. Nordby is grateful for how Mitchell treats his offensive line in return for protection.
“He’s a great guy,” Nordby said. “He looks out for his linemen.”
Team cohesion is also another piece to the offensive drive.
“It’s all about the team, no one plays for themselves,” Nordby said.
Mount Si High School’s first home game will be Friday Sept. 6 against Kennedy High School at 7 p.m.
To access Mount Si Football’s season schedule, visit their website at www.mtsihsfootball.com.