Cedarcrest football ends season with loss, and Mount Si gets its playoff run going tonight – preview and our thoughts now!!

Time now to talk some football. We start first with Cedarcrest High School’s squad, whose season came to an end last night, but they left it all out on the field for their school and community.

The Red Wolves fell 24-7 to the Sedro-Woolley Cubs at Sedro-Woolley High School, ending their season at a solid 6-3 in their first year under head Coach John Fiala. After spotting the Cubs a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, CHS scored a touchdown in the third to make things interesting before Sedro pulled away down the stretch to secure the victory and advance to the second round of the Northwest District playoffs next week.

Senior QB Cameron Kohlruss was 13-24 for a solid 165 yards and a touchdown in his final game as Cedarcrest signal-caller, with receivers Nathan Gerde (five catches, 33 yards) and Luke Amble (three catches, 52 yards, TD) leading the offense combining for 85 of those yards through the air.

After a scoreless opening quarter which saw CHS’ offense have some good success against Sedro’s defense but fail to put points on the board, the Cubs scored twice in the second frame, both on big plays. First was a 45-yard hookup from Sedro QB Kaden Plymale to receiver Peyton Burrell, then there was a 30-yard hookup between Plymale and receiver Jon Vallejo. The extra point was not converted following the first TD, which necessitated a two-point conversion attempt following the second score, and once again, the Red Wolves’ special teams stood tall, stopping that, and that proved to be important.

Kohlruss connected with Amble from 36 yards out in the third to cut the deficit to 12-7 and things were looking up. Making it even better was the defensive work of Sean Shannon, who picked off a pair of passes from Plymale to keep the Red Wolves in it. But the offense was unable to take advantage of Shannon’s heroics both times and the Cubs pulled away, first with a Brent Vanderveen seven-yard run to paydirt then a second connection from Plymale to Vallejo, this for 17 yards to seal things up.

In all, it seems as if this Red Wolve team played with a ton of heart and character last night, giving it all they had for themselves, their school and their community, but in the end, the boys from the Skagit Valley just had a few additional weapons in their arsenal and took advantage of more opportunities to get things done.

That all said, this was a great first season for Fiala and the program, and it’s certainly hoped that the success they had this season will begin to help build the program’s turnout numbers back up, an issue which caused their move to the Northwest District’s 2A Lale Division for this past two-year cycle. It is anticipated the program will remain in the Lake, but with only three league games this season and some concerns perhaps about low turnout numbers at other schools which could force additional changes to the league makeup for next season, a possible Kingco membership with a league schedule could be appealing for Cedarcrest and its administration. Time will tell.

With that, we now move south to Pop Keeney and tonight’s Mount Si playoff game preview.

KINGCO 4A PLAYOFFS – LOSER OUT
MOUNT SI WILDCATS AT INGLEMOOR VIKINGS
POP KEENEY STADIUM, BOTHELL, 7:30 P.M.

The headline this week for Mount Si as it gets ready for their crossover game with the Vikings was the loss of senior receiver Colby Botten. As we mentioned for you Thursday, Botten announced on Twitter that he had broken his ankle – he told us yesterday it was at practice, one of those dreaded practice injuries – and was out for the season. A huge loss on so many levels for sure for this Wildcat team, but it’s next guy up, and as we also told you, this injury opens the door we expect for fellow senior receiver Andrew Mostofi to emerge even further back into this Mount Si receiving group. A hero of last season’s run with then-senior QB Cale Millen in charge, Mostofi is fast becoming one this fall with Cale’s brother, Clay, in charge of the Wildcat offense.

He had three catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns last Friday in the lightning-shortened 29-14 win at Newport and had Mother Nature not intervened, was probably looking at an easy 100-plus yard night with one or two additional TD’s in that game. He’s caught seven passes for 122 yards with three touchdowns in the past two games, so with Botten’s absence, Mostofi becomes perhaps the number one receiver.

Don’t tell that to Brayden Holt, however. Mostofi’s class of 2020 mate caught two balls for 41 yards in the one half of work last Friday – the game ended at halftime thanks to the electricity in the air – and probably himself was good for another 30-40 yards on top of that with a touchdown or two as well had the game continued. He’s caught 31 balls from Clay for 424 yards and four touchdowns. Holt will be a nice backup piece for Clay tonight in the receiving department.

You know about Inglemoor, we talked about them on Tuesday and you can see all of that here. So how does Mount Si look to stop the Vikings? Well, the Wildcat defense has been stepping up, forcing opposing team turnovers in recent games to help the Mount Si offense spark drives ending in points. It’s happened in three straight games, with DB Stuart DeMerit doing it both in the Homecoming win over Issaquah then again last week in the win over the Knights. DeMerit will be keeping his eyes closely on Inglemoor QB Kolby Solomon, and we’d look for the junior to make some big noise tonight against the black and gold.

We can’t finish off a preview without acknowledging the contributions of RB Cole Norah. Yes, his year has been kind of down, limited to two carries for 13 yards last week in the win over Newport, but you have to remember he is coming off a serious knee injury that sidelined him for the start of this season. As you old-timers may all remember, there was a running back in this program who himself had knee issues, and you remember how coach Charlie Kinnune handled that situation with Brandon Yakaboski years ago. So Kinnune is well-versed in how to deal with this kind of thing. He’s playing things a little more conservative we’d guess with Norah, making sure to not put too much stress on those knees of the sophomore, knowing that ol’ Cole’s got a college future. Perhaps that changes tonight, but if the air attack is on message tonight, it’ll be another game where Norah’s efforts, and those of his fellow backs, are not as needed.

Something that may rankle a few of you is how it’s possible that Mount Si, with the higher seed out of their division (Crest second) and better record (6-2) has to go on the road to play the lower-seeded (Crown fourth) and worse-record (4-4) Vikings. Well, the way the conference set it up for this two-year scheduling cycle, the Crest Division had home field advantage for all the games last year and the Crown has it this year, meaning four games at Pop Keeney, starting with the Thursday night stunner by Bothell over Crest Division champ Eastlake in the Kingco title game, then a squeaker last night for Woodinville over Skyline, followed by a pair today – North Creek hosting Issaquah then the Mount Si game tonight.

Again, as we discussed on Tuesday, the Vikings will view this as their “title” game so to speak, so the challenge for the Wildcats is to be mentally focused and get out of the blocks right away, and put this game to bed quickly. Losing valubale leadership with the loss of Botten will hurt, but this team has enough other leadership pieces – Clay Millen, Holt, LB Daniel “Rock” Harrison, Norah, etc. – that it should hold up well.

We’d look for a Mount Si win and a trip to Monroe for a rematch of their heartbreaking week 10 loss from a couple of years ago next week.

MOUNT SI 31, INGLEMOOR 14

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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