Good Friday morning. We have soccer on deck this morning, but we first take a look at some pigskin. Week eight is here. Week eight, how fast time has flown to get this fall underway. Tonight, Mount Si hosts their Homecoming game, and Cedarcrest wraps up their regular season with a road clash against Cedar Park Christian, with both kickoffs scheduled for 7:00. Mount Si leads it off this morning.
Mount Si Wildcats vs. Inglemoor Vikings, Mount Si HS, Snoqualmie – It’s Homecoming and Senior Night rolled into one for scarlet and gray tonight as the Wildcats look to begin their final stretch of games this season on a solid note. Mount Si is playing out the string at this point, with their postseason hopes gone following last Friday’s 27-3 loss at Woodinville.
It has been a challenging season for the Wildcats, between the Kingco 4A being a bit tougher this fall than last season, with the emergence of the Falcons, Bothell and Eastlake after those teams were mid-pack in 2015, and injuries to key players at the wrong times this season – see Cale Millen and Jesiah Irish – so Mount Si will look to close out 2016 on a strong note and get set for a solid 2017.
We’d look for the usuals to be on their game tonight. Senior RB/LB Jack Weidenbach, senior receiver Eric Daniels, senior RB Max Bonda and sophomore QB Millen will be the players to watch, and perhaps if Irish is back healthy after his ankle injury in their loss to Eastlake two weeks ago, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with as well.
Inglemoor is 1-5 overall this fall, with their lone win coming two weeks ago over Newport, who Mount Si meets next week. QB’s Brayden Mills and Dahlton Sullivan, along with RB Cole Kindschi and receiver Kyle Loken, appear to be your players to watch. Wildcat defenders, led by Weidenbach, who has special visitors in town this weekend – his grandparents flew in from Michigan and were at sister Natalie’s Mount Si Senior Night soccer game last night and will be there tonight as well – will need to keep an eye on these four and take care of business.
As we’ve discussed in the past, on Homecoming, not only does Mount Si have to shut down their opponent, they’ll also have to avoid making their own mistakes, mistakes that will come from lack of focus and the obvious distractions of Homecoming, with members of the football team perhaps being in line for spots on the school’s Homecoming court, for example. Get past that, and their job is a lot easier.
With the struggles on paper being what they are for the Vikings, we’d look for a “W” tonight and a great celebration for our community. Mount Si 24, Inglemoor 3
Cedarcrest Red Wolves at Cedar Park Christian Eagles, Juanita HS, Kirkland – Tonight’s game, with next week’s forfeit of their game against Archbishop Murphy, is the final contest of the regular season for the Red Wolves, and with that it’s their final chance to boost their RPI rankings enough in order to qualify for a week 10 playoff spot. Based on how the Eagles have fared this fall, we’d look for Cedarcrest to not have too much trouble tonight.
CHS gave it their all last Friday, rallying from a 42-10 halftime deficit to make visiting Eatonville have to sweat it out a bit before falling in a 62-51 shootout. Ryan Golden scored a pair of touchdowns, including on a kickoff return, and amassed over 200 all-purpose yards leading the Red Wolves. The senior will be a player to watch, as will be quarterback Aaron Davenport, who threw for three touchdowns and 183 yards on 11-26 passing last week. CHS boys’ AotW from earlier this fall Jake Kirschenmann will be also someone to pay attention to; he caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss.
As for CPC, they are winless in conference and 2-5 overall, with their wins coming early in the season against non-conference foes Bellevue Christian and Vashon Island. Players to watch include senior quarterback Jack Flynn, who has amassed we suspect over 400 yards through the air this fall, and fellow senior running back Josiah Sergeant, who also has had a fine season, racking up over 300 yards on the ground.
Again, as noted in our open, we don’t anticipate this opponent to be a significant chore for the Red Wolves, but it is CPC’s senior night, so we’d expect the seniors to give it their all, and if they do, CHS might be in for a little more than they expected. Cedarcrest 34, CPC 10