Your first look at Mount Si’s football playoff opponent Friday night, the boys from Auburn Mountainview High School

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It’s time to talk some football, so here is your first look at this week’s Mount Si football playoff opponent, Auburn Mountainview.

The Auburn Mountainview Lions earned their spot in the round of 32 after finishing third in the six-team South Puget Sound League. AMV took third after beating Bonney Lake 30-26 last Friday. The Lions come in with a 3-6 record. And they were also under .500 in league, at 2-3. The school is part of the Auburn School District, and is located near Green River Community College and serves the neighborhoods around there. This campus is the newest of Auburn’s high schools, having opened several years ago.

Two players stood out in last Friday’s game, and if you go to Mount Si’s football webpage, linked at right in our news links, you can link to some video of those players on the AMV “Hudl” video website, are senior quarterback Domenic Rockey and junior running back Ray Hardaway. Rockey completed 11 of 17 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown in last Friday’s game. One aspect of his game Mount Si will need to keep an eye on is his ability to throw long passes. We’ve looked at Rockey’s video clips, and can tell you he has attempted those in a number of his games, with good success. He’s thrown for over 1,800 yards this season, completing nearly 60% of his pass attempts (172-300). Rockey has a very solid product of work, and will be one to watch this week.

However, one other factor could be at play for Rockey. In games earlier this season against Peninsula and Camas, teams who are also in the playoffs this week, he was intercepted three times in each of those games, and he has been picked off a total of a dozen times this season. This could be something to keep an eye on, as Mount Si has four very solid defensive backs in Hunter Malberg, Jimbo Davis, Trent Riley and Tyler Button. The top receiver for AMV is senior Kekoa Nahaku, and he has caught the ball 51 times for over 700 yards, an average of 79 yards a game. Junior Joey Cassano also has a share of that load, with nearly 600 yards receiving this season. Malberg, Davis, Riley and Button will all need to pay attention to those two receivers as well.

Hardaway carried the ball 26 times for 123 yards last week, and has logged 556 yards on the season. His performance on the ground against Bonney Lake was a season-high, but he has only cracked the century mark on the ground one other time this season, back in September in a loss to Battle Ground. With a very physical defensive line for Mount Si and a strong linebacking corps led by senior Hank Van Liew, Hardaway could be in for maybe his toughest challenge yet. To that end, it should be noted that Peninsula’s defense held the Lions’ star back to just 21 yards in that game, and Enumclaw, in the game previous to Peninsula, held Hardaway to only 25 yards.

The SPSL league is not as strong competition-wise compared to the Kingco, but they did advance three teams total to this week’s playoffs – AMV, Lakes (meeting O’Dea) and Peninsula (taking on Oak Harbor). The Lancers, considered the standard-bearers of the league, had a down year this year; they go into this week at 5-4 overall, but finished well ahead of the Lions in second place in league at 4-1. Peninsula won the league, going unbeaten in the SPSL.

AMV is 0-4 against teams in the playoffs this fall – Camas, Peninsula, Sumner and Lakes.

The Lions are coached by Jared Gervais, and he is in his second season at the school, having taken over for Craig Spence, who went 4-6 in his lone season with AMV back in 2010.

We’ll have more for you throughout the week here on this week’s playoff matchup.

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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