KIRKLAND — In the end, No. 4 Mount Si executed in critical conditions on offense and defense, and that meant a 23-14 victory over No. 9 Juanita.
Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune said pregame that one of the big focuses of the week was time of possession on offense. Juanita coach Shaun Tarantola could put it simply: he attributed Mount Si’s win to execution and control of the clock.
The Wildcats controlled the clock by converting on third-and-long, and keeping the Juanita Rebels to short drives. Rebels running back Brady Clement was only able to gain 67 yards on 15 carries.
Both teams had a total offense of over 300 yards – Juanita with 331 and Mount Si with 373.
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Kinnune had fully expected the Rebels to come out and counter the explosive offense the Wildcats had been producing the past two games, and sure enough, the Rebel defense made Mount Si work on every drive.
“They could have folded their tent and they didn’t,” Kinnune said of the Rebels. “They made it a heck of a game. We knew it was going to be a game, anyway.”
Juanita drove down the field in the fourth quarter and threatened to cun into the Wildcats’ 23-14 lead, but Mount Si quarterback/safety Nick Mitchell made an interception in the end zone on fourth-and-six to help seal the win.
Mount Si’s defense held Rebel quarterback Tavin Montgomery to 8 completions on 27 attempts,and running back Bailey Takacs was a workhorse for the Wildcats, with 18 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown.
It was the powerful drives fueled by Takacs that frustrated Juanita. Tarantola said Mount Si was able to execute and play close to error-free football, while the Rebels weren’t able to do the same.
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Rashaad Boddie, a transfer from Clayton, N.C., had 151 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns — one a school-record 96-yarder — in the first half as the Spartan coach Mat Taylor led his team past visiting former defensive coordinator Don Bartel and the Wolves.
Boddie’s big run came with just over two minutes left in the first half, but he injured his ankle at the end of the run, keeping him out the second half.
The Spartans rushed for 286 yards, with quarterback Kilton Anderson accounting for 68 of those.
Freelancer Matt Massey contributed to this report