Usually calm and cool, Mount Si's Cameron Van Winkle admits he was a little nervous before his record-breaking 34th career field goal last week.
During interviews or when giving speeches in school, Mount Si kicker Cameron Van Winkle’s palms get sweaty.
But put him on the field in front of a couple thousand fans, and he’s calm and collected.
“He has ice cubes in his veins,” Mount Si football coach Charlie Kinnune said.
Except against Lake Washington last Friday, when Van Winkle jogged onto the field to kick a 30-yard field goal with his undefeated team already leading 41-0.
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“I was nervous on that one,” Van Winkle admitted. “It was so close. Those close ones can mind-trick you into missing.”
The kick had larger implications: By making it, he passed Burlington-Edison’s Andrew Furney to become the state record-holder in career field goals with 34.
Van Winkle’s field goal came as the first half expired, and his teammates rushed onto the field to celebrate as the record was announced on the public-address system.
“The coolest thing is being able to have my name in history,” Van Winkle said. “If these records are broken, they won’t be for a while. So that feels really cool.”
Van Winkle, a senior who has committed to play for Washington, broke the state record for field goals in a season with 18 last year. This year, he came in focused on breaking the career mark.
The only problem: Mount Si’s offense has been so good, he hasn’t had many opportunities. He’s made five, with a long of 40 yards.
Van Winkle, who also plays soccer, started taking kicking seriously as a freshman. But it wasn’t until his junior season that he started developing the mental side that is so important for kickers.
“Sophomore year I had no confidence,” he said. “But junior and senior year I’ve gone onto the field with more confidence”
Trophy at stake
When Kent-Meridian plays Auburn Thursday night for the Taylor Trophy at Auburn Memorial Stadium, it will be their 103rd meeting. The series is tied 48-48-6, but Auburn has won 16 of the past 20, including the last 13.
If the Trojans win again, it will be the first time they’ve led the series since 1965. Kent-Meridian dominated from 1954 to 1975, winning 20 of 22.
Dotson a force
on defense, too
Newport senior Isaac Dotson verbally committed to Nevada, in large part because the Wolf Pack wants him to play quarterback.
But Newport coach Mike Miller has also played Dotson at safety. In a 28-26 comeback win against Roosevelt last Friday, Dotson helped limit the Roughriders to six points after halftime.
“When he comes in, he’s a presence on defense,” Miller said. “I mean, he laid some hat in there. The three biggest hits of the night were by him.”
No. 10 Newport will need both his offense and defense against No. 1 Skyline on Friday.
coming of age
Junior Tyrell Shavers was being groomed to be Lindbergh’s quarterback next season. He was the backup to Matt Stuart the past two years, and also started at receiver as a sophomore.
But when Stuart had elbow surgery just before this season, Shavers went from catching to throwing, and he’s helped keep the Eagles (5-1) unbeaten on the field. Their lone loss was a season-opening forfeit to West Seattle, when a variety of calamities kept them from having enough eligible players.
Shavers has completed 35 of 59 passes for 778 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
“He’s had his typical growing pains, but growing pains aside, he gets better every week,” coach Pat O’Grady said. “I think he’s going to be a really good quarterback by the time he’s done.”
Meadowdale is 6-0 and ranked fifth in Class 3A because the Mavericks’ defense has not given up more than 18 points in a game.
“We’re struggling offensively,” Meadowdale coach Mark Stewart said. “But it’s really hard to score against our defense. … We do a great job against the run, and that’s the thing that allows us to keep winning ball games, especially close ones.”
The defensive unit’s catalyst is linebacker Michael Cumming.
“He’s like the human vacuum,” Stewart said. “You can’t run on him. He’s a great tackler. He’s the biggest, fastest guy out there. He really anchors our defense.”
• Eastside Catholic QB Trey Reynolds is “full speed,” according to coach Jeremy Thielbahr. Reynolds has been dealing with injuries much of the season.
• King’s QB Billy Green has accounted for 30 touchdowns this season, 29 passing.
• Rainier Beach’s Keiwuan Miller has three kickoff returns for TDs this season.
• After losing 24 straight games entering this season, Cascade is 3-3 after beating Lynnwood 19-7 last week.
• Mountlake Terrace RB Devante Downs (class of 2014) has received a scholarship offer from Washington, according to ESPN.com‘s Mason Kelley.
Staff reporter Sandy Ringer contributed to this report.
|Career field goal leaders|
|Mount Si’s Cameron Van Winkle holds state records for field goals in a career (34) and season (18, in 2011). The career leaders:|
|Cameron VanWinkle||Mount Si (2009-12)||34|
|Andrew Furney||Burlington-Edison (2006-09)||33|
|Kevan Welsch||Richland (1987-89)||24|
|Austin Rehkow||Central Valley (2010-12)||24|
|Steve Gilbert||Kamiakin (2005-07)||22|
|Steve Robbins||Wenatchee (1971-73)||21|
|Dan Clemensen||Curtis (1985-87)||20|
|Shane Volkmann||Lake Stevens (1986-87)||20|
|Mike Hollis||Central Valley (1987-89)||20|
|Source: Dave Maley|