Playoff football for Mount Si and we have a preview and pick for their game tonight against Monroe!

Rounding out our previews and picks this morning, a look at the big Mount Si football game tonight as they head to Monroe to take on the Bearcats.

KINGCO 4A FOOTBALL
PLAYOFFS, OPENING ROUND – WINNER TO STATE PLAYOFFS, LOSER OUT
MOUNT SI WILDCATS AT MONROE BEARCATS
MONROE HIGH SCHOOL, KICKOFF 7:00 P.M.

Mount Si heads to Monroe for the second time in three years to play an opening-round playoff game with a trip to state on the line. You remember what happened up there two years ago with the Wildcats losing. We had some discussion for you on Tuesday about Bearcat senior receiver Efton Chism III and RB/LB Blake Rybar and how both of those players could present challenges for Mount Si. There’s another Monroe player we mentioned we’d have more discussion about today and that is their senior quarterback, Gio Fregoso.

Fregoso this season has ben one of the top passers in Wesco, completing 122 of 179 passes for nearly 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was held to just 8-12 last week for 109 yards in the Bearcats’ 51-6 win over Cascade, but we think that one’s a bit of a misnomer since that game got quickly out of hand, with Monroe holding a 28-6 halftime lead then cruising. The kid has averaged around 150-200 yards through the air, mostly to Chism III, in games this season, and opened the year with a nearly 400-yard passing effort against the tough Eastlake defense in that 42-41 win which opened the season. So Fregoso’s going to be a challenge as well for Mount Si’s defense, and with some of the injuries that they are dealing with right now, most notably with senior Colby Botten out for the year with his broken ankle, guys are going to have to step up and contribute.

Again, with Botten out, look for Andrew Mostofi to take the receiving load for the Wildcats. He only had three catches last week for 26 yards, but has 10 catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the past three. The senior has emerged as a target in the second half of the season and will need to be one tonight for Mount Si. We expect Chism III to face Mostofi defensively, so that individual matchup will be a good one to watch. The EWU commt Chism III also will see a lot of Mostofi’s senior classmate Brayden Holt. And he took that receiving load last week in the 45-0 Wildcat win over Inglemoor that put them into tonight’s game, making four catches for 112 yards and a TD. Holt’s got over 500 receiving yards this fall, so he is one to watch.

QB Clay Millen completed 18 of 28 passes last week for 251 yards and two touchdowns in the shutout of the black and gold, and is expected clear the 2,000 yard-passing plateau tonight on the season, being just 35 yards short of that right now at 1,965. But, as we told you on Tuesday, with Rybar playing a solid, fundamental, stay-at-home type game that has resulted in him getting a couple of sacks in recent games, Millen could face some challenges dealing with the Bearcat senior if Mount Si’s offensive line has trouble containing Rybar. So keep an eye on that tonight.

RB Cole Norah had seven carries for 70 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win and that was his season best. Look for Norah to continue to improve tonight, but again, Rybar will be an issue he’ll have to deal with. As we told you on Tuesday, we really liked what Rybar had to offer from a defensive perspective, and he’s going to be someone that Mount Si’s going to have to pay plenty of attention to in order to allow both Norah and Millen to do their magic tonight.

At the end of the day, though, we think that this is a game where missing key players, such as Botten, ends up hurting Mount Si. We look for Monroe, just like two years ago, to win this one in close fashion.

MONROE 28, MOUNT SI 24

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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