Cameron Vanwinkle kicked four field goals as Class 3A Mount Si rallied to defeat perennial Class 4A powerhouse Bothell 26-14 Saturday night...
BOTHELL — Cameron Vanwinkle kicked four field goals as Class 3A Mount Si rallied to defeat perennial Class 4A powerhouse Bothell 26-14 Saturday night at Pop Keeney Stadium.
Vanwinkle, a junior, was perfect, connecting on field goals of 25, 36, 37 and a career-long 47-yarder that would have been good from 60.
“We believe once we cross the 40, we are in scoring position,” said Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune. “(Vanwinkle) has been kicking for us since he was a freshman and he’s been strong but he hadn’t been able to hit the long ones. He did tonight.”
According to Kinnune, who’s in his 20th season at the Snoqualmie school, the 47-yard field goal tied a school record.
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Mount Si (1-1 overall) trailed 14-13 in the second half, but outscored the Cougars 13-0 over the final 22 minutes, including an Elijah Mayfield goal-line plunge that put the Wildcats ahead 23-14 with 3:27 to play.
Bothell looked strong early. . The Wildcats managed one first down in the first quarter against the Bothell defense. Meanwhile, the Cougars (1-1) marched 75 yards in nine plays on their second possession, finishing with a 13-yard touchdown strike from Austen Dahl to Trent Sewell in the right corner of the end zone.
Following another three-and-out from Mount Si, the Cougars took over at midfield just before the end of the first quarter. But during a 6-yard run by Seymour Otterbech, Bothell’s junior starting center, Kevin Seguine, suffered an injury an undisclosed injury to either his head or neck and was motionless on the field.
The game was stopped for 40 minutes as medical care was administered.
Bothell was clearly not the same afterward, playing with an inexperienced center. A series of poor snaps — some skidding across the turf, some too high — kept the Cougars going backward. After gaining 81 yards in the first quarter, the Cougars gained just 9 in the second quarter, with four plays going for negative yards.
Mount Si took advantage, scoring 13 unanswered points on three straight possessions to take a 13-7 halftime lead.