Mount Si High School football trounces Juanita, starts year 3-0
September 25, 2013
By Brandon Adam
The Mount Si Wildcats defeat the Juanita Rebels 23-14 in a crucial KingCo 3A game Sept. 20, making them 3-0 and undefeated in their 2013 season.
It was a competitive night at Juanita High School. The Rebels were 2-0 before hosting Mount Si.
“Many people chose Juanita to beat us,” said Mount Si Head Coach Charlie Kinnune.
Kinnune was pleased with both his Wildcats performance against the ranked team and that they remain undefeated in the season.
“We got a stretch here where we can really get some momentum going,” Kinnune said.
It was the first rainy game of the season for the Wildcats, played but that appeared to have little effect on the Wildcats offensive and defensive plays.
Quarterback Nick Mitchell opened up the playbook fast, early in the first quarter by completing consecutive passes to receiver Parker Dumas and running backs Evan Johnson and Bailey Tackacs.
After picking up a first down, Tackacs made his first touchdown of the year on a one-yard rush.
For the evening, Tackacs racked up 93 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
“I ran the ball pretty well,” Tackacs said.
Tackacs made a key defensive play of the night as well. He forced a fumble and recovery, foiling a would-be touchdown by the Rebels offense.
“Those were good plays,” Tackacs said. “It motivated us to win.”
Tackacs hopes that same motivation will carry out throughout the rest of the season.
“I hope our whole team goes undefeated this year,” he said. “I hope we can score as many touchdowns as we can.
Mitchell showed his speed and agility again and again by scrambling, evading defenders, and picking up first downs throughout the game and completing passes on the move.
The second touchdown of the night was a 24-yard pass from Mitchell to Tackacs to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Although the Wildcats were leading, the Rebels weren’t out of the game yet. Juanita answered back with two touchdowns of their own in a tightly-fought second quarter.
After the Rebels scored their first touchdown of the night, the Wildcats responded with a 32-yard field goal by Sean Lowney.
That put Mount Si ahead 17-7. The Rebels bounced back with a second touchdown, putting the score 17-14 at halftime.
The Rebels appeared to have a fighting chance to beat the Wildcats in the second half.
“We scored 14 points and they could’ve folded but they didn’t,” Kinnune said assessing the first half. “They got some momentum and we could’ve folded.”
In the third quarter of the game, the Rebels defense stepped up, pressuring Mitchell and sacking him twice.
“Their D-line is unbelievable,” Mitchell said. “They just played really hard.”
Though the Rebels defense was formidable, Mitchell knew he could rely on his offensive line to make plays happen and ultimately win the game.
“My O-line gave me time to throw and run the ball well,” Mitchell said. “It was a great team win.”
Mitchell was able to connect with tight end Beau Shain, for six.
The kick for the point-after-touchdown failed but the Wildcats led 23-14.
The Wildcat’s defense held off a determined Rebel offense and denied Juanita any more points in the second half.
One of Mitchell’s final plays of the game was when he played safety on the defensive squad and intercepted a Rebel pass in the end zone to preserve the Wildcat victory.
Mount Si will host Interlake High School at 7 p.m. Sept. 27. The Interlake Saints are 0-3 for the season.
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