On the gridiron, the Kingco title is on the line, and the Valley hosts the game. Mount Si. Woodinville. Preview and our thoughts now

Now it’s time to talk some football. We’ll have Cedarcrest’s preview and pick standalone for you tomorrow, but tonight it’s Mount Si’s night to shine on the Valley high school gridiron as they meet a familiar foe again – with a conference title on the line.

KINGCO 4A FOOTBALL – KINGCO 4A CHAMPIONSHIP
MOUNT SI WILDCATS (8-0, CREST DIVISION #1) VS. WOODINVILLE FALCONS (7-1, CROWN DIVISION #1)
MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL, SNOQUALMIE, KICKOFF 7:00 P.M.

The Wildcats and Falcons met in a much-anticipated matchup back on September 21, and engaged in an instant classic in front of a sellout crowd and members of the Seattle Seahawks. While the Seahawk folks won’t be there tonight, the sellout crowd despite the rain and wind is expected to be there again and once again, it’s expected to be a nail-biter. But with one important difference.

Mount Si will be without the services of Andrew Mostofi, who is out with an injured collarbone; he suffered the injury it appears during last week’s Homecoming win and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Mostofi, a receiver and defensive back, was instrumental to the win for the Wildcats back on September 21, with six catches offensively for 59 yards and two touchdowns, and also four tackles and an interception defensively. Coach Charlie Kinnune told us earlier this week he’s more concerned about how Mostofi’s absence will impact the team defensively, as it is anticipated his offensive load – he finishes the season having caught 39 passes for 478 yards and nine touchdowns – should be filled by other receivers such as Colby Botten or Brayden Holt.

So, how does it impact things? Let’s look at the Falcons.

Woodinville comes in at 7-1 on the season, with their lone loss being to the Wildcats in that game last month. That 27-17 result saw some excellent performances, some of which we’ll note here.

Quarterback Noah Stifle completed 16 of 36 pass attempts for 192 yards and a touchdown in that game, and also ran the ball six times for 26 yards. Stifle, a junior, has amassed a modest almost 900 yards this fall with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions completing 68 of 129 passes. If Mount Si’s star QB Cale Millen hasn’t been so stellar this year, Stifle would be getting plenty of extra attention, that’s for sure. He’s also demonstrated his mobility throughout the season, having carried the ball 43 times for just over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

On the ground, running back Nolan Downs leads the way; he led Woodinville against Mount Si last time out with 10 carries for 73 yards, and has 67 on the season for almost 500 yards and two touchdowns. The senior had demonstrated his versatility as well throughout the season – and did so against the Wildcats. He caught three passes that night for 36 yards, part of a 12-catch, 144 yard effort this fall, and defensively, he’s also a big factor, with three interceptions this season. He had none against the Wildcats, but Millen will have to watch himself for sure against this strong player.

Another back to watch is junior Joey Johnson. Johnson ran the ball 12 times for 38 yards in the Falcons’ loss to Mount Si last month and has 110 carries on the season for nearly 600 yards and seven touchdowns.

Junior Cage Schenck leads the receivers for Woodinville; he’s caught 11 passes for over 300 yards and a touchdown. He led the receiving attack for the Falcons against the Wildcats last time out, netting three catches for 97 yards and a trip to paydirt. With Mostofi’s injury and him not being available to cover Schenck defensively, that might open the door a bit more for the Woodinville player to make a bigger impact.

Defensively, Dylan Lewis led the green and blue against Mount Si recording nine tackles, one for loss (one of four sacks that Millen took in the game) and has 50 tackles on the season with 12 for loss, among them three sacks. Also watch Miles Mustarde. While he had nothing of note for the Falcons against the Wildcats last time out, the senior does have 50 tackles this season tied for the lead with Lewis in that category, so he’ll be a factor potentially as well. Fellow senior Danny Metsker will also be a factor for the Woodinville defense; he had seven tackles last time out against the Wildcats and an interception as well and has a total of 45 tackles on the season.

Millen went 21-25 for 382 yards last week with six more touchdowns in Mount Si’s 49-14 Homecoming blowout of Newport and has eclipsed the 2,500 yard plateau this season with last week’s feat. With Mostofi being out, more of the focus will shift to his fellow senior receiver Jonny Barrett, who caught five passes for 119 yards but amazingly no touchdowns in last week’s win. He had six catches for 117 yards and a TD in the win over Woodinville, while Millen was 25-39 for 282 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in that win over the Falcons.

Rain and wind are in the forecast tonight and that means more of the ground game can be expected. Sophomore Cole Norah ran the ball seven times for 41 yards in the win over Woodinville and comes in off a very limited effort last week – one carry for two yards. We’d guess strongly we’ll see more of Norah tonight, but the key for him, as it will be with everyone else, is making sure they hold on to what’s going to be an awful slippery ball with it being wet tonight. He was more of a factor in the air, with five catches for 48 yards, so he can also be expected to take some of the load vacated by Mostofi’s absence offensively.

Defensively, the usuals of senior Cody Frederick and Murphy McDowell and sophomore Daniel Harrison continue to lead the way, but watch sophomore Andrew Edson as well on that defensive line. He’s got several sacks this fall and he’ll be a factor this evening.

In all, this is a game that should bring no surprises for either side – both teams have been studying their film from that game September 21 looking for things to exploit on the other team. And those things to exploit we think are few and far between, because both of these teams are well-coached and won’t leave anything to chance. But the weather and Mostofi’s absence present wild cards tonight that could result in this thing going either way.

This week has seen Mount Si High School receive a lot of good press for their student body’s selection of school special education students Josh York and Madyson Ford last week as homecoming king and queen, something which we made mention of here first for you in our Homecoming game story last weekend. The student body at this high school over the years for the most part has been a very good one, with many of them graduating and moving on to success as young adults. The student-athletes we’ve dealt with over the years have all been tremendous, and we believe this extends to the entire student body.

A student body that perhaps could have a soon-to-be alum in its future as its principal? Senior kicker Reed Paradissis was shown on Twitter during Homecoming having dressed up as his school’s principal John Belcher. Paradissis has told us he’ll be looking to major in education wherever he decides to go to school. Well, he’s got a little unfinished business to get through first. Perhaps after tonight, he’ll be more in demand by schools because we think his leg is going to be golden tonight. Look for a Mount Si win, with Paradissis delivering the dagger with a field goal.

MOUNT SI 24, WOODINVILLE 21

Last week: 2-0 (Mount Si def. Newport and Mountlake Terrace def. Cedarcrest, both correctly picked)
Season: 12-4

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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