Mount Si football blanks Sammamish, 9-28

Mount Si’s Trent Riley (right) races the ball back into the end zone for a touchdown on a punt return during last night’s Mount Si-Sammamish football game, won by the Wildcats 63-0. Teammate Tyler Button, who also scored a defensive touchdown in the game, is looking on at left. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Last night’s Mount Si Wildcat football game against Sammamish at Bellevue’s Sammamish High School was expected to be fairly one-sided, and that turned out to be the case. Reserves played much of the contest after Mount Si built a quick early lead; those younger players kept on the pressure, and a few of them got to celebrate some special accomplishments as a result. All in all, the Wildcats’ 63-0 win had something for every Mount Si fan as the Wildcats get set for maybe the biggest pair of back-to-back games in school history starting next week with the Homecoming clash against Lake Washington.

Bailey Takacs opened the scoring for Mount Si in the first quarter with his second touchdown in as many games. His three-yard scamper made it 7-0, then the defense struck. Sammamish, on the ensuing offensive possession, had the ball stripped by Mount Si defender Hunter Malberg. The ball flew into the air as a result, and it landed in the hands of teammate Tyler Button, who promptly ran it back 50 yards for the second Wildcat touchdown of the game. Mount Si’s Trent Riley also returned a punt for a touchdown and it was 21-0 after one.

The Wildcats’ Malberg stepped up on defense yet again to open the second frame, picking off a Sammamish pass, and that set up the first touchdown of the stanza, a 15 yard run to the end zone by Keenan McVein for his second touchdown in as many games, and after this score the reserves started to come in, including quarterback Jo Jo Hillel. Drew Cotto and Jack Hunt also scored touchdowns in the quarter; Cotto’s was a five-yard run to paydirt, and Hunt’s was the result of him intercepting a Totem pass and taking it back 50 yards for the score. Those scores were Cotto’s and Hunt’s first-ever varsity high school touchdowns. At the half it was 42-0 Mount Si and those two were probably the happiest two young men in the locker room after their special accomplishments.

Evan Johnson joined the first-time club in the third quarter; the senior scored his first-ever varsity touchdown on a two-yard scamper to the end zone, then Mount Si scored again later in the frame to finish off another drive started by another Wildcat defensive gem – this a fumble recovery by lineman Jack Nordby. Jordan Chapman finished off the scoring with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Mount Si stayed undefeated with their third shutout this season. The Wildcats have now outscored foes 216-14 this season.

Mount Si next Friday hosts a Kang team who comes off a blowout of Liberty last night, and has shown that their offense can be explosive. Last night’s score was 38-7, and LW put 58 points up on Cedarcrest in week two in a win over the Lower Valley’s Red Wolves, so this may be an offense that can’t be looked past. Game time is 7:00 p.m., and plan on being there early as the stands are likely to be packed.

-Several members of Humboldt State University’s football team attended last night’s game. Humboldt State, of Arcata, CA, is in town to play Central Washington tonight at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell in a game moved there from CWU’s campus in Ellensburg due to the continuing air quality problems resulting from the smoke coming from the major wildfires burning in the hills north of there. Those fires, which have burned nearly 75,000 acres, are still not entirely contained, but firefighters are making steady progress on containing those blazes. As for tonight’s football game, it is at 6:00 p.m. at Pop Keeney, and features four Mount Si grads – TE Alex Hiebert, LB Taylor Mitchell and DE Jarrett Adams for Humboldt, and OL Michael Nelson for Central – playing in the contest.

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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