His one-on-one, battling grab and run got Mount Si out from the shadow of its own goal post with time running down.
BOTHELL — Caleb Mitchell made his first reception of the 2015 high-school football season opener count on Thursday.
His one-on-one, battling grab and run got Mount Si out from the shadow of its own goal posts with time running down, and preserved the Wildcats’ 13-12 Kingco 4A victory over host Woodinville at Pop Keeney Stadium.
Mount Si, which led most of the game, had to mount a comeback of its own to earn this one.
Dylan Axelson and Jake Kim finally had erased a 10-6 deficit with 9 minutes, 8 seconds to play for the Falcons.
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Axelson ran for 47 yards and Kim scored the go-ahead touchdown from 4 yards out to give Woodinville a 12-10 lead.
But the Falcons’ inability to convert an extra point cost them. Woodinville had taken a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter on a 1-yard run from Axelson. But the point-after was blocked. Then after the second go-ahead TD, holder Peyton Chester couldn’t get the handle.
Chester rose and tried to pass for two points, but overthrew everybody.
Mount Si took advantage, despite initially being stopped on its ensuing possession. Woodinville forced a Wildcats punt from their own 30-yard line.
But the Falcons fumbled the ball and Zeke Barden recovered for Mount Si at the Woodinville 44. Five plays and a 15-yard face-mask penalty later, Reed Paradissis lined up for his second field-goal try of the game.
He put the 25-yard attempt dead center between the uprights with 5:11 left to stake Mount Si to a 13-12 advantage. The Wildcats then forced a Woodinville punt that rolled dead at the Mount Si 3.
Faced with second-and-10, quarterback Harrison Danna dropped back and let it go to his right side. Mitchell was out there, stepped back in front of a Falcon defender, caught the ball and broke away for a 62-yard gain that allowed Mount Si to run out the final 1:19.
The back-and-forth affair didn’t start out that way.
It took more than four minutes before either team managed a first down. The net combined offense for both teams after three possessions totaled 11 yards.
But with 7:45 to play in the first quarter, Harrison Danna found Parker Dumas for nine yards on second-and-six from the Mount Si 25. That gave the Wildcats the game’s first first down.
Mount Si would drive to the Woodinville 16 before the effort stalled, forcing a 33-yard field goal from Paradissis for a 3-0 lead with 4:19 left in the quarter.