Round one of the 4A WIAA high school football playoffs and a battle of ‘Dogs and ‘Cats. Preview and our thoughts from a scarlet and gray perspective

Good morning. Time now to talk some football. Mount Si High School’s football team is home tonight in the first round of the WIAA 4A state high school football playoffs.

KINGCO 4A FOOTBALL
WIAA 4A STATE PLAYOFFS – ROUND OF 16 (LOSER OUT)
MOUNT SI WILDCATS (9-1, #4 SEED) VS. MOUNT VERNON BULLDOGS (8-2, #13 SEED)
MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL, SNOQUALMIE – KICKOFF 7:00
LIVE WEB BROADCAST HERE, ALSO AVAILABLE ON KAPS RADIO (102.1 FM OR 660 AM IN SKAGIT VALLEY)*

*Mount Si’s football booster club has also announced a Facebook LIVE broadcast of the game. Go to their Facebook page for more information about that.

So the big night is here. The opening act for what is hoped will end in a championship trophy coming to the Snoqualmie Valley. But to get there, the road will be challenging, and it will certainly be that way tonight. We told you about Mount Vernon yesterday (see that here) and we think they are a pretty formidable crew, not unlike what Rogers appeared to be coming into last week’s game, won by the Wildcats 42-0.

So, who should you look for tonight to lead the way for scarlet and gray? Well, the usuals, of course.

QB Cale Millen was 26-32 for almost 300 yards and five touchdowns in this past Saturday’s 42-0 shutout of the Rams, and has thrown now for over 3,000 yards on the season. Mount Vernon’s defense knows it will have its hands full in this one. Most of the damage that Millen caused was aided by his favorite receiver, and as we like to call him, “partner in crime” Jonny Barrett. Barrett caught nine passes for 123 yards and four TD’s in last week’s win; the touchdowns were the first for the Mount Si senior receiver since their win at Skyline in week seven. Running back Cole Norah had a solid game last week as well, running the ball 22 times for 122 yards. A lot of chances at the rock and we’d look for coach Charlie Kinnune to mix it up as much as possible tonight to keep the Wesco Bulldogs off balance, just like he did last week to the Rams.

Defensively, the line guys such as Murphy McDowell, Daniel Harrison, Cody Frederick and R.J. Bell will look to have solid games tonight. As we noted yesterday, what we expect Kinnune will look to do based on our review of the film clips of Mount Vernon on MaxPreps/Hudl is a similar approach to last week’s game. As the coach told us following that contest, “We knew that we needed to get physical with their skill kids and we felt like that if we could get physical with their skill kids they wouldn’t be really effective into the second half and so that’s exactly what happened. (Rogers QB Makaio Gillespie) couldn’t answer the bell.” So, exchange Gillespie for Mount Vernon QB Reilly Olmsted tonight and this is probably going to be the type of thing you’ll see. Very physical play from the Mount Si defense that forces Mount Vernon to have to think quicker on its feet.

However, the Wildcat secondary, a bit thin already with the loss of Andrew Mostofi, who is out for the season with a collarbone injury, could be tested even further if fellow cornerback/receiver Brayden Holt can’t go tonight; he hurt his knee in the fourth quarter of last week’s win and had to be helped off, so it will be a question mark if he’ll be able to play. If Holt is out, that could leave the door open for the Bulldog QB Olmsted to try big play passing and have success; he, as we told you yesterday, is capable of it, having attempted it several times during MV’s game with Glacier Peak whose highlights we viewed in research for our coverage of this week’s game.

But, we also told you that it appeared at times that the Glacier defensive line was able to have its way with Mount Vernon’s offensive line, so if the Wildcat line stays strong tonight, that could negate that potential Bulldog advantage.

The coach also had this challenge for fans. “I expect more fans. I challenge our fans right now to turn out,” Kinnune said. “We have to play on Saturdays, we have to play on Thursdays. Our fans need to come and support us.” And we hope you do. If not in person, try to tune into the live webstream (linked above) tonight or get on Facebook and join in on the Mount Si football Facebook LIVE broadcast. There’s more than ample options tonight for fans near and far to catch this game and support this team. Coach wants you to do it, and we want you to do it too. And besides, we expect a “W” tonight at the end of the day, so what are you waiting for?

At the end of the day, while we are very complimentary of this Mount Vernon team, we suspect that the game plan for Mount Si will be similar to last week, and if it’s as successful as it was last week, we’d expect the same result this week. Cats win, but it will be a competitive contest.

MOUNT SI 28, MOUNT VERNON 14

Last week: 1-0 (Mount Si def. Rogers, we picked MSHS)
Season: 14-5

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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