Week three sees the Valley’s gridiron kids hit the road: CHS north into the Sky Valley, and Mount Si south to say ‘Hi’ to their friends in PDX………previews and our thoughts now

Good Friday morning everyone. Action from the pitch on deck, but we have our week three, yes, week three, high school football previews and picks for you on a Friday as the non-league schedules wrap up for both Mount Si and Cedarcrest as they hit the road. A pair of 7:00 kickoffs tonight see the ‘Cresties make the short 30-minute jaunt to Sultan for a date with their longtime friends and former Cascade rival Turks, while Mount Si takes a long three-plus hour trip south to Vancouver, WA, for a date with Skyview – and the requisite number of Portland TV cameras and reporters……

Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Sultan Turks, Sultan HS – Cedarcrest this week takes on Sultan. We would in past times tell you this might have been the Cascade Conference opener for both teams, but of course, as you all now know, the Cascade Conference is no more, having been replaced for Sultan and the other former Cascade 1A’s by the new North Sound Conference, and for the Red Wolves and 2A rival Archbishop Murphy, by spots in the 2A/3A Wesco. The rivalry, though, between the two teams still continues tonight as a non-league game.

Sultan is 1-1 and fell last week to Cashmere after blowing out Vashon in week one.

Under center tonight for the Turks will be senior Jensen Webster. The QB last week went 8-21 for 102 yards and a touchdown for Sultan in the 32-12 loss to Cashmere. He is 15-30 on the season for almost 200 yards and three touchdowns total.

The primary weapon on offense we expect will be on the ground. Senior running back Isaiah Phillips ran the ball 11 times for just 31 yards in last week’s loss, but exploded in the opener with Vashon, carrying the ball 14 times for 173 yards. Were Phillips able to do this tonight, this could be a good night for the home side. Cedarcrest’s defense will need to pay attention to him without question.

Sophomore Zane Sailor leads the Turk receiving corps; he caught the ball five times for 92 yards and a touchdown in the loss last week to Cashmere. He’ll also be worth paying attention to on the defense for CHS.

The Red Wolves, as expected, got blown out by Liberty in their home opener last week, and are also 1-1 going into this game. The offense only netted 85 yards total in the 50-3 loss, so that’s going to need to improve significantly for Cedarcrest to have a chance. QB Gavin McDermott was limited to just 17 yards passing on 2-8 completions/attempts, and that, too, is going to have to improve in a big way. The senior McDermott has, through two games, only netted 93 total passing yards, so he’s really got to get things moving and fast if he wants to keep his spot under center. Cameron Kohlruss is the backup, and the junior completed one pass for 22 yards in the loss last Friday. Look for Kohlruss to perhaps see action tonight if McDermott is unable to get things going early.

Fredrick Reid led the ground game last Friday, netting 37 yards on 12 carries. Look for Reid again to get the lion share of that work along with fellow senior Tyler Gray. Receiver Luke Mallory, a junior, leads that group, and he caught two balls for 27 yards in last week’s loss.

Sultan last season handed CHS a loss, so the Red Wolves will look to bounce back this week against their former Cascade foe. Is there a chance of them reuniting as league foes in the future, though? Possible, and we’ll have our thoughts on this subject perhaps sometime next week. In the meantime, we like Sultan in this one. Unless Cedarcrest’s offense can get fired up and rolling, it’s going to be a long night for the Red Wolves. Sultan 21, Cedarcrest 10

Mount Si Wildcats @ Skyview Storm, Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver, Clark County – The last time Mount Si trekked south like this was several years back, so it’s a rarity for this to occur, but a game like this helps team bonding with the long trip and also allows alums and fans living in the Portland area a chance to see their team without having to make a long drive to do it. Tonight, they face a Skyview team that looks to be among the contenders in the 4A Greater St. Helens League.

Mount Si is 2-0 this season having outscored opponents in their first two games 106-10. QB Cale Millen has, we think, become the top senior QB in the state thus far, having completed over three-fourths (37-48) of his passing attempts for a total of over 600 yards and 10 touchdowns. Six of those scores have been reeled in by senior receiver Jonny Barrett, who has netted 272 yards receiving this season.

Defensively, sophomore Daniel Harrison continues to develop into a strong “wild-card” factor for Mount Si’s defense. Did you know Harrison is tied for first in total tackles this season on the team with 20? Well, he is, and he’s also tied for the lead in tackles for loss. This young man is potentially turning into something special, and with the leadership his senior teammates such as Murphy McDowell and Cody Frederick, both of whom are also among the leaders in those two categories, provide, look for Harrison to continue to make his mark on the Wildcat “D”.

Skyview is 1-1 and last week blanked city rival Columbia River after opening the season August 31 losing to Yelm. Senior Mat Ioane will be under center at QB tonight for the Storm, and he has an experienced crew on offense. Senior receivers Isaiah Rupp, Joe Gray and Robert Mosely along with junior running back Jalynnee McGee anchor the Skyview offense.

Kingco, though, has had success in the past with the GSHL, and considering how well this Mount Si offense has clicked in its first two games, we find it hard to believe this changes this week. While we think this will be the toughest game on the Storm’s schedule (and perhaps the biggest reason why coach Julian Williams from Skyview scheduled it), and thus we look for Skyview to give the Wildcats their best shot, we suspect again that this will be another dominant effort for Mount Si. The Portland TV cameras we expect will be out in force tonight along with the Oregonian newspaper – and we hope a certain Mr. Canzano stops by and says ‘hi’– watching the Oregon verbal commit Millen, their only chance to do so this fall, and we think there’s going to be plenty of highlight film for them to show at 11. Wildcats in a romp, and again, we make the suggestion to Cristobal and Co. down in Eugene: Offer Barrett a walk-on. After tonight, you’ll probably see why. Mount Si 41, Skyview 10

Last week: 2-0 (Mount Si def. Kentwood, Liberty def. Cedarcrest, both matchups we correctly predicted)
Season: 4-0

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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