A night to remember on the Valley high school gridiron, with blowout home wins for both local high schools

Week seven of high school football in the Valley will be one to remember, as both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools showed not just themselves, their fans and opponents how good of teams they are, but perhaps sent big messages as well to regional foes both schools may see in the playoffs with blowout wins last night.

Mount Si High School football running back Cole Norah (center) finishes up scoring a touchdown, one of three on the game for the Wildcat junior, in last night’s game with Skyline, won by Mount Si 55-7. Several teammates, all at right, look on in celebration. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

We’ll start in Snoqualmie, with Mount Si and Skyline. Going into this one, it was expected to be a close one between two teams who both have been very strong in recent seasons, but this year have seen their share of challenges. Skyline came into last night’s game off a 31-0 home loss last week to neighborhood rival Eastlake, and was looking to also avenge last season’s home blowout loss to the Wildcats. Well, Mount Si had other ideas right away, and in a driving rain, perhaps sent a message about who perhaps now may be controlling things moving forward in Kingco 4A’s Crest Division in the coming years.

The Wildcats showed plenty of balance in this one as they rolled to a 55-7 win over the Spartans. “I was expecting a tighter game,” said Mount Si coach Charlie Kinnune. “Our offense unleashed a lot of pent up stuff and we found out when you’re not playing behind the sticks and you’re not moving backward, like we’ve done so ofter this year, that our offense is pretty dangerous.”

It all started out right away with a muffed Skyline punt that resulted in Mount Si’s first possession starting at the Spartan one-yard line. Well, leave it to Cole Norah to do the rest, punching it in on the first chance he got to do so for the first of three touchdowns on the night for the Wildcat junior. It continued later in the opening quarter with QB Clay Millen connecting with senior receiver Brayden Holt on a 10-yard touchdown pass, the first of two of those for the QB/receiver duo and four overall for the junior signal caller, and it was 14-0 Mount Si.

But the weather became a bit of a concern for Mount Si High School officials, with athletic director Darren Brown making a visit to the press area and announcer booth to inform everyone there of a potential storm cell that was coming toward the stadium and indicating procedures to be announced for fans to evacuate the stadium were lightning to be spotted. The SVSJ checked the KOMO-TV weather radar and found the storm in question, south of Issaquah, but fortunately it dissipated before reaching the Valley and the game was not delayed as a result.

So with that out of the way, things continued, with Skyline scoring a touchdown to make things interesting late in the first half before Millen unleashed a little blast from the past, throwing a pair of long passes to receiver Andrew Mostofi, a hero of the past two seasons when Millen’s older brother Cale was at the controls of this Mount Si offense, the second of which went for six and a 21-7 lead after one quarter of play.

Millen pitched an 11-yard scamper to Norah for a touchdown to open the second quarter scoring for Mount Si, then the defense stepped up again. Last week, it was junior Stuart DeMerit picking off a pass to set up a Wildcat offensive drive that resulted in a touchdown in their 34-0 win over Issaquah, this week it was senior linebacker James Sprague who got the job done, picking off a pass from Skyline QB Daniel Buxton with relative ease and helping start an offensive series that finished with Millen and Colby Botten hooking up for a 35-yard score and a 34-7 Mount Si lead following a blocked extra point approaching halftime.

Millen and Holt then connected again on another touchdown pass and the half closed out with a bang, as Botten ran a punt back for a touchdown. It was 48-7 at the half with a continouos clock for the entire second half coming up, and perhaps for Skyline that was a good thing, as the second quarter also became a bit of a war of attrition as well with three Spartans players, two of which were seniors, that were injured in the frame. One was helped off with an apparent knee injury but the other two were able to return to their sideline under their own power.

Norah closed out the scoring in the third with a 10-yard touchdown run and from there, Kinnune, as has been his past custom in situations like this, inserted second and third-string players, including backup QB Andy Cole, giving those kids valuable reps as they approach the postseason. In all, Kinnune was happy with how things went. “It ws a total team victory tonight and I couldn’t be more pleased,” he said.

Botten will remember his time in the program. “This four years has meant everything to me. I’ve learned so much,” he said. “I’ve made so many new friendships. It’s been really a family to me. Mount Si football has been everything to me since I was six years old being a ball boy.” Holt concurred. “It’s been unbelievable,” he said.

Botten had this message for future ‘Cats.”My message to future Wildcats is never give up. Always be in the weight room every day, make a difference. Always work to get better,” he said, and he should know: one of his former Mount Si teammates, Jack Westover, has been in the headlines this week following his big game last Saturday night for the University of Washington, in which he scored a touchdown – his first as a collegian – and also made a couple of other key plays to help the Huskies’ win at Arizona. Part of why he’s been in the headlines? How hard he’s worked to get himself into the position he’s in where he can be a limited, but very important, contributor to a team that is in the top 25 nationally and is playing a huge game against Cale Millen’s Oregon Ducks today.

Mount Si is at Newport next Friday and then has their crossover game the following week against a Crown Division opponent to be determined. Then the playoffs and those are expected to be on the road to start. Schedule information and more throughout this coming week we expect here for you. Game time next week is at 7:00 p.m.

Cedarcrest rolls as well on Homecoming
It wasn’t simply just a dominant night in the upper Valley, it was that in the lower Valley as well. Cedarcrest’s boys broke out quickly and cruised to a 48-0 nonleague home win over visiting – and winless – Lindbergh from Renton, moving the Red Wolves also to 5-2 on the season.

Once again, it was all about balance in this one. QB Cameron Kohlruss was 10-14 for 120 yards and three touchdowns, and RB Jeremy McCarley led CHS on the ground with seven carries for 81 yards and a touchdown.

The scoring opened with Peyton Burpee running it in for six from nine yards out. He finished with five carries for 21 yards and that score for CHS. Spencer Coomer then got in on the action, catching a short eight-yard pass from Kohlruss for a touchdown in what was his lone catch of the game. Luke Amble led the receivers, catching four balls for 48 yards.

Special teams struck in the second quarter, with Sean Shannon racing a Lindbergh punt back 57 yards to paydirt and it was in cruise control from there. McCarley’s touchdwon then followed, from one yard out, then Nathan Gerde caught his lone pass of the game, which turned into a three-yard touchdown. Dawson Cairns caught a 22-yard pass from Kohlruss for six to account for the third quarter scoring for the Red Wolves, then with the continuous clock on after that score, backup QB Carter “Deuce” Knowles ran the ball 41 yards in for a score.

CHS’ defense held Lindbergh to just 65 yards offense the entire game as they prepped for a biggie next Friday at Mountlake Terrace. The game is the nightcap of next Friday’s two-fer at Edmonds Stadium and begins at 8:00 p.m., so note that time adjustment.

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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