It's been a month since Mount Si's lopsided loss to No. 1 Bellevue, but that doesn't mean people have stopped debating where the one-loss...
SNOHOMISH — It’s been a month since Mount Si’s lopsided loss to No. 1 Bellevue, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped debating where the one-loss Wildcats rank — or should rank — in the state polls.
“People that really know football know that we’re a really good team,” Mount Si coach Charlie Kinnune said.
If there were any questions about how good this Mount Si team is, the second-ranked Wildcats (10-1) provided an emphatic answer with a 52-19 rout of No. 6 Glacier Peak (9-2) on in a first-round Class 3A game Friday night.
The Wildcats play the winner of Saturday’s game between Columbia River and Kennedy Catholic.
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After a 3-3 first quarter in which each team had only one possession, the Wildcats used the second quarter to bury Glacier Peak. And they did so swiftly, stunning the Grizzlies with waves of big plays.
In the final 2:11 of the first half, Mount Si scored 28 points, which served as the icing for a 42-point second quarter. By the time the Wildcats headed to their locker room, they led 45-3 and the game was over.
“That’s the best I’ve seen us play this year,” said Mount Si receiver Trent Riley, who had three touchdowns in the quarter. “The way we came out and put up those points was unreal.”
Said Kinnune, “I don’t know if you’re really capable of scoring more points in a quarter. We rolled. Turnovers are our game.”
The Wildcats’ defense — their calling card all year — intercepted usually efficient Glacier Peak quarterback Chris Becerra three times in the second quarter, including once for a touchdown return by Joey Cotto.
Becerra completed just one of his final 10 passes to end the half and tossed those three interceptions, an uncharacteristic stat line.
“It’s our catalyst,” Kinnune said of his defense, “and we called on it again.”
Junior quarterback Nick Mitchell, one of the team’s only inexperienced players coming into the season, completed 11 of 15 passes for 144 yards and four touchdowns — all before halftime.
Running backs Keenan McVein and Evan Johnson helped Mount Si rush for 123 first-half yards with a good chunk of that production coming after first contact. Both also rushed for a touchdown.
And Riley, who set the school record for touchdowns in a season this year, looked worthy of being named KingCo 3A offensive player of the year this week. He hauled in six passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns before halftime.
But the real story in this one, as it’s been all season, was Mount Si’s defense. The Wildcats recovered a fumble, picked off three passes and nearly intercepted at least two more in the first half.
Glacier Peak tacked on two fourth-quarter touchdowns — a 54-yard run by Sean Elledge and a 14-yard pass from Becerra to Josh May — but by that point it was too late.
Mount Si’s statement had been made.