Mount Si football shuts out Issy on Homecoming, while CHS falls in key divisional game

Good Saturday morning. Time to wrap up last night on the gridiron.

Mount Si High School football wide receiver Kevin Corder (far left) races into the end zone with the first of two touchdown receptions helping the Wildcats win their Homecoming football game over Issaquah last night. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Mount Si High School’s football team hosted their Homecoming game last night, welcoming in a large crowd which included many students and alums – even a few from the school’s class of 1949 that were recognized during a halftime ceremony – and showed why they continue to be a team the school can be proud of despite coming in off a two-game losing streak.

Mount Si’s offense got out of the gate early, scoring a pair of quick touchdowns then cruised from there for a 34-0 shutout of the Issaquah Eagles moving the Wildcats to 4-2 on the season. The game, however, was slowed a bit by penalties as it was a flag-filled game in this one. “Driving me crazy,” said Mount Si coach Charlie Kinnune, but the longtime Wildcat head man was also pleased with the victory. “It’s a win, and in our league, we’re happy to come away from that. So it’s a great homecoming victory for us and the kids will enjoy homecoming tomorrow and feel good about a victory,” he said.

Things started quickly for Mount Si. About a minute into the game, and on the second play from offense, QB Clay Millen connected with receiver Colby Botten on a 35-yard pass to paydirt and the Wildcats opened the scoring despite kicker Colby Ramsey missing an extra point. Conditions were a bit windy inside the stadium in Snoqualmie and that presumably affected the flight of the ball in this one; he had a field goal attempt later in the first half which also missed.

Mount Si’s defense has been playing strong all season and they came up big shortly after the first touchdown. Defensive back Stuart DeMerit picked off an Issy pass, setting up the Wildcats on offense, and Millen finished it with the first of two touchdown hookups to Kevin Corder, the receiver reeling it in from six yards out for six. “We were getting man coverage on the goal line and I was the third receiver inside and I ran a little out route and (fellow receiver) Brayden (Holt) ran a route to get me right behind him and I was able to come wide open for the touchdown,” the junior said.

Later in the frame, the two members of the Class of 2021 hooked up again, this time Millen connecting with Corder for a 20-yard trip to paydirt and a 20-0 Mount Si lead after Ramsey converted the extra point. “We were faking a screen pass to our outside receiver Zach (Soliday) and their cornerback bit on it and instead of going to block him, I went up for a go route and it was wide open and Clay put it right on the money,” Corder said.

It was this way into halftime, and the homecoming ceremonies included the aforementioned recognition of those alums from the class of 1949 along with the performance of the band and cheer squad and recognition of a “Homecoming Heroes” court that featured several students and replaced the old “royalty” format of the court.

Wildcat football junior running back Cole Norah (upper center) races into the end zone to score his first touchdown of the season during last night’s game with Issaquah. Teammates Brayden Holt (front left) and Colby Botten (right) look on. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Mount Si’s star running back Cole Norah made noise in the third. He had been out to start the season after tearing the ACL in his knee at the beginning of this year. The junior returned last week and held his own in the game against Eastlake. Last night, he struck gold for the first time this season, taking a six-yard pass from Millen into the end zone. “I knew Clay was coming my way and just saw the end zone right in front of me and scampered in,” Norah said.

Oregon State baseball commit Aidan Dougherty finished things off, running a ball in for a touchdown in the fourth to seal it. “He’s a Division I athlete and you can’t deny that athleticism,” Kinnune said of the sophomore, who perhaps might see a few football offers come his way if he continues to do things like this.

But the penalties were a big thorn in the side of the Wildcats, dampening what was otherwise a special night for the team and their fans, many of whom were clad in pink in recognition of the fight against breast cancer. Norah thinks the team will learn from it. “We can’t blame the referees for anything, that’s all on us. We’ve got to fix that and clean it up,” he said.

With the team at 4-2 and having lost those two games by a combined 10 points playing a schedule that at least one Washington state high school rankings analyst’s computer formula believes is the toughest in the 4A classification if not among the toughest in the state, this team is better than their record indicates. “I believe we are,” Corder said. “It’s the small mistakes, though, that cost us and we know that. Our defense has played lights out. They’ve played fantastic and it’s on the offense to try and match what our defense has been doing to help them out.” Holt’s ready to get to work. “All those (mistakes) are fixable. All those are just small details that we’ll really focus on this upcoming week,” he said.

And they’re going to need to clean those mistakes up in a hurry because coming in next week for Senior Night is Skyline, and they’re an excellent football team that perhaps will be playing with a chip on their shoulder for two reasons – one, they were blown out at home last night by their neighborhood rivals from Eastlake, and two, Mount Si went into Skyline’s house last season and did the same to the Spartans. So Skyline may have a score to settle, and Kinnune is ready for anything. “(Spartans coach) Mat Taylor is an outstanding coach and they’ll be ready to go, but so will we,” the coach said.

“They should expect a show. That’s all I’ve got to say,” Holt said. Game time next Friday is 7:00 p.m.

Cedarcrest tries a little trickery, but runs out of gas and falls in key Northwest District game
In what was arguably the program’s perhaps most important game in two or three years, the Cedarcrest Red Wolves tried to make a statement early, scoring on a trick play, but they weren’t able to garner much of, if any, energy from that early spark and fell last night on the road to Sehome.

QB Jacob Kaepernick went 10-20 for 154 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions helping the Mariners defeat the Red Wolves 35-14 at Civic Stadium. RB Dawson Smith led Sehome on the ground, running the ball 22 times for 136 yards and a touchdown.

As noted, things started right away with Cedarcrest connecting on that trickery. RB Luke Amble, on the opening play of the game, threw a halfback pass to receiver Nathan Gerde, and Gerde brought it home for 69 yards and six points, giving CHS fans something to cheer about out of the gate. But the Mariners responded, first with Smith scoring the first of his two touchdowns, from 12 yards out, then Kaepernick connected with receiver Melloy Nelson for 20 yards and paydirt. Kaepernick then ran one in from one yard out before Cedarcrest’s Spencer Coomer closed out the first-half scoring with an eight-yard run for six.

The game went to halftime with Sehome up 21-14 and the Mariners kept up the pressure with Kaepernick connecting with receiver Tim Malo in the third quarter from 31 yards out for a touchdown, then Smith finished it off in the final frame with a four-yard run to paydirt. Malo finished with four catches for 56 yards and that touchdown leading the Sehome receivers.

Gerde led the receivers for CHS, catching three balls for 73 yards and his touchdown, while Dawson Cairns also had a solid game, catching three balls for 64 yards. QB Cameron Kohlruss, after two very strong performances the past two weeks in which he threw nearly 500 yards combined, had a more modest 10-18 effort for the Red Wolves, netting 122 yards. The senior was intercepted twice by Sehome defenders in the game.

CHS drops to 4-2 and returns home next Friday for Homecoming. They’ll be hosting Lindbergh in a non-conference game. Game time is 7:00 and it is also Senior Night as the program recognizes its seniors in their final scheduled home game of the year.

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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