Mount Si High School football advances to state playoffs, and the college action on this Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. We start with football on a Sunday morning, and Mount Si High School football fans will be awaiting word later today on where their team will be opening the state 4A football playoffs.

The Wildcats punched their return trip to the state tournament last night outlasting a solid Monroe team, beating the Bearcats 34-20 at Monroe High School. Mount Si QB Clay Millen was involved in three TD’s, two on the ground and one through the air, as the Wildcats took an early 13-0 lead and never looked back as they avenged their loss to the Bearcats two seasons ago on this same Monroe field that ended that 2017 campaign in heartbreak.

Millen started things off with a three-yard scamper for six points to open the scoring. Then the junior went to the air and connected with receiver Brayden Holt for a 13-yard TD reception, but the extra point was missed and it was 13-0.

This past Tuesday, we told you about Blake Rybar, the Monroe senior RB/LB and focused primarily on his defense. We did note, however, his ability to run well, and he did just that soon after, running 62 yards to paydirt to put the Bearcats on the scoreboard. Rybar finished with 16 carries for 137 yards and also caught four balls for 40 yards, a huge night offensively for Rybar. The Wildcat special teams then stepped up, blocking a later Monroe punt for two points, then Millen continued the Mount Si onslaught, with his second TD run of the night to put the Wildcats up two scores.

Just before halftime, the Gio Fregoso to Efton Chism III connection struck gold, with the first of two touchdowns between the Monroe quarterback and his star senior receiver. This first hookup went for 36 yards and the Bearcats were in business going to the locker room down 21-13.

But where Fregoso and Chism III were getting fired up, so was Mount Si’s ground game. Cole Norah opened the second-half scoring pounding one in for a touchdown to extend the Wildcat lead back to two scores. So what did Fregoso and Chism III do? Well, they did it again. The two hooked up, this time from 21 yards out, for another TD tightening things up yet again. But Norah was up to the task of keeping pace, and he did, with his second TD of the game, from six yards out, to close the scoring.

Chism III came in to QB late for Monroe, and a pass of his was picked off by Aidan Dougherty, sealing it up for the Wildcats. Chism III finished with 10 catches for 123 yards and the two touchdowns while Fregoso had a solid 23 for 31 night under center for 253 yards and the two scores.

Mount Si now, as we noted, awaits word on their state seeding. We expect it to be somewhere in the seven-ten range, meaning a potential home playoff game. When word is announced, we’ll let you know.

Scorebook Live Washington, a high school sports website, was there covering the game and did an interview with Millen that you can see here. It’s on YouTube.

To the college action for you.

College scores
Pacific-OR 44, Pacific Lutheran 31: A big day for Wildcat alum Alex Rendon wasn’t enough for the Lutes as they dropped their home finale in Puyallup to the visiting Boxers. Rendon, a junior from Snoqualmie who graduated from MSHS in 2017, caught seven passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in the contest; the TD was on a big-play 64 yard reception from QB Bryce Missey in the third quarter which tightened the game to 27-24 Pacific at that point, before the Boxers pulled away in the final quarter.

Ohio Dominican 49, Lake Erie 10: Junior Eric Daniels, a 2017 MSHS’er from North Bend, led the Storm in receiving, catching nine passes for 89 yards, but Lake Erie fell for the third time in a row, this on the road in Columbus, OH, to the host ODU squad. The Storm in the three losses have been outscored an average of 57-20 in the three games.

Eastern Washington 48, Idaho State 5: The Eagles cruised to a road win over the Bengals in Pocatello, ID, moving them to .500 on the season at 5-5. Senior Chris Schlicting, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS’er, started and manned his usual position at right tackle on Eastern’s offensive line in the contest.

Central Washington 72, Southwest Baptist 17: It was senior day over at Tomlinson Stadium in Ellensburg and Valleyite Jonathan “JoJo” Hillel was among those recognized. The 2015 MSHS grad from North Bend then celebrated the special day by catching two passes for 24 yards as Central rolled to a rather one-sided result over the visitors from Texas.

Western Oregon 23, Azusa Pacific 21: We mention this score because the Wolves by virtue of their win over the Cougars at home in Monmouth, OR, yesterday locked up a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (NCAA Division II) title for the first time in school history. A pair of MSHS alums are on the roster down there in Monmouth – sophomore David Sotelo and freshman Slater Macko. Macko, who graduated from Mount Si back in June, is redshirting this fall and Sotelo walked the aisle at MSHS in 2017. He did not play in yesterday’s game. Both players are from Snoqualmie. A congrats to both of them and to their WOU teammates on the share of the title from us here!

Pomona-Pitzer 63, Occidental 14: The Sagehens ran away with the Senior Night win at home in Pomona, CA, last night over the visitors from Los Angeles. Sophomore Michael Collins, a 2018 MSHS’er from North Bend, saw action last night on the offensive line for Pomona in the contest.

Worcester Poly (WPI) 54, U.S. Coast Guard 7: Where Pomona rolled to a win, the boys from the USCGA were on the short end of a blowout last night as well, this to a very good WPI squad on their home turf in Massachusetts. 2018 MSHS’er Brennan Dalgleish, a freshman this fall with USCGA, worked the offensive line in this one for the visiting Bears.

Concordia-MN 14, St. Olaf 0: The Cobbers scored a home win to close out their home schedule in Moorhead, MN, yesterday blanking the visitors from the Twin Cities. Collin Fleisch, from Fall City and a 2018 MSHS’er, played for Concordia in the game yesterday with no stats of note reported.

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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