Previewing and picking week 5 of Valley high school football

Time now for our previews and picks for Week 5 of Valley high school football. We’ve reached the midpoint of the 2011 football season, and now is the time for both Mount Si and Cedarcrest to get going if they want to reach postseason. So do we think that happens tonight? Let’s take a look at what you can expect tonight.

First, Mount Si at Interlake.

Mount Si Wildcats at Interlake Saints, tonight, Interlake HS, Bellevue, 7:00 kickoff
The Wildcats come in off a historic victory for their coach, Charlie Kinnune, in last week’s win over Liberty, but boy, was that not easy. Mount Si had to rally from a 13-0 halftime hole and only tied the game with seconds left in regulation before Cameron Vanwinkle kicked what turned out to be the game-winning field goal in overtime for the 16-13 stunner over the Patriots.

Two years ago, Interlake trounced the Wildcats at home, and a lot of the same conditions that helped the Saints pull off that season-defining shocker for them in 2009 we think may exist tonight. Interlake is led by junior quarterback Kamana Adriano, and he scored two touchdowns in a Saints loss to Bellevue two weeks ago that only was lopsided due to a big Wolverine onslaught in the fourth quarter. Interlake is winless on the season, and they were blown out by Mercer Island last week, so fans may see a Saints team that will be real hungry tonight. Mount Si’s keys will be ball control and keeping the turnovers as close to zero as possible. The Wildcats committed two key turnovers in the first half of last week’s game and also had a punt blocked deep in their own territory, so things like that can not happen tonight if Mount Si wants to get it done.

The usual big names will be on display tonight for Mount Si – QB Ryan Atkinson, WR Tyler Button, OL Josh Mitchell and RB Connor Deutsch along with their aforementioned kicker/punter Mr. Vanwinkle, but the performances of lesser-known, but still important, players such as FB Elijah Mayfield, RB Joseph Cotto and WR Jimbo Davis will also be key as well. The Wildcat defense will also have to pay attention to Saints RB Jordan Todd and WR Jacob Marks, both of whom will look to spark a strong Interlake effort tonight.

The local website Deadbeat Sports has a pick’em contest this week which includes this game. Of the eight fans who have submitted their predictions, the closest one has Mount Si by ten points, with the rest of them expecting a blowout. We’re not so sure about this. Unless the Wildcats can get a strong start out of the gate and clean up the mistakes which plagued them in the first half last week, this will be a tough game. And since it’s on the road in a place that the last time they played there wasn’t very nice to them, this could be a tough chore tonight. We’re taking scarlet and gray, but not by as much as any of these other folks.

MOUNT SI 27, INTERLAKE 21

Now to Cedarcrest.

Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Sultan Turks, tonight, Cedarcrest HS, Duvall, 7:00 kickoff
Note-tonight’s game is Homecoming, so go early to get a good parking spot
As noted above, tonight is Homecoming for the Red Wolves as they welcome in alums from the past back to see their school and this football team, which is coming off a huge win last week over King’s. And for many of the alums, this may be the first time they see the renovated stadium, so we are sure they will be pretty excited to see that. And they also should be pretty excited to see Cedarcrest’s star RB, Martin Vakamoce, who scored four TD’s in their win last week against the Knights, who had been unbeaten prior to that contest.

We look for Vakamoce to have another solid night tonight against a Sultan team that like the Red Wolves is 2-2 (1-1 league), but the Turks’ 2-2 record has come against a bit weaker schedule than Cedarcrest’s. Sultan’s league loss was in blowout fashion against King’s, and their win came last week against a winless in league Coupeville team that is 1-3 overall. But the thing about that win was it was only by five points. To us, that doesn’t inspire a heckuva lot of confidence, but perhaps those words can be fighting words for a Sultan team that would love to crash CHS’s homecoming party tonight.

The Red Wolves defense will need to pay attention to Sultan QB Sterling Shaw, who threw for almost 300 yards in the game last week against Coupeville, and RB Ian Cooper, who scored two touchdowns in that contest. If CHS can shut those two down, then it will be a good night for them.

We would anticipate a large crowd tonight, and we think the fans will not be disappointed.

CEDARCREST 34, SULTAN 20

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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