Wildcat football accomplishes a lot in win over Saints

Mount Si’s football team opened their three-week stretch of very winnable games against Kingco bottom feeders last night doing what many expected them to do. Rack up the points quickly, then get the younger players in for some quality playing time.

Bailey Takacs scored three touchdowns, and the Wildcats did all of their scoring in the first half enroute to a 34-0 blanking of the Interlake Saints at Mount Si High School. The lopsided score at halftime allowed for Mount Si to play second-string players the entire second half, meaning players such as junior QB Jonathan “Jo Jo” Hillel, and sophomores Colton Swain and Mark Farmer got a chance to gain some varsity experience.

“Obviously our starters played great; that’s why I could come in,” Hillel said. “Our second-stringers just came in (and) just got better tonight.”

Wildcat coach Charlie Kinnune was also pleased with being able to get the younger kids in. “We were able to get a ton of kids in and we knew that; we’ve been practicing for that,” he said.

The start of the game had its minor bumps, however, as the Wildcats turned the ball over to the Saints on the first offensive play of the game, one of five turnovers for Mount Si on the contest. But once the Wildcats got settled down, it was all Mount Si.

Things started with about five minutes left in the opening quarter, when Mitchell converted a pass to Beau Shain for 10 yards on fourth down, and that set up Takacs, who ran it up the middle 14 yards for his first touchdown of the night to open the scoring. The senior was pleased with how things went. “I thought it was all a team effort. Our linemen blocked well and Nick Mitchell threw the ball very well to me,” Takacs said.

On the Wildcats’ next offensive series, the start of which was helped by a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Interlake for an improper tackle on a Mount Si punt returner, scarlet and gray struck quickly. Two plays and it was done. Both were pass completions from Mitchell to senior Trevor Daniels; the first went for 34 yards to set up the second, a 14 yard toss into the end zone to help make it 14-0 Wildcats.

Takacs struck again twice in the second quarter. First, he reeled in a pass from Mitchell and it went 20 yards for a touchdown, then near the end of the half, he snuck one in from about a yard out. Sandwiched in between those two scores was a six-yard scamper by Mitchell, who had to reach the ball out over the pylon and across the goal line for his touchdown score. After all was said and done, it was 34-0, and it could have been larger had it not been for a fumble in the end zone on another drive, and then the clock running out at the end of the half with Mount Si just a couple yards away from scoring once more.

Penalties were another big concern for Kinnune in that first half as well. “We still have our struggles in penalties,” the coach said, “and that keeps us from getting any kind of momentum.” That said, the first Takacs second-quarter touchdown came on a drive which had a couple of big penalties called by officials against the Wildcats, including one for 15 yards. So, the team is showing that it can overcome those obstacles, something which will be useful for them as the season wears on.

The second half saw the varsity reserves get the bulk of the playing time, and there were some solid results, such as Farmer running the ball several times, once for 25 yards, and Swain catching a pass from Hillel that went for 11 yards and a first down. Another sophomore, Cory Cotto, also had a nice run on one play for 12 yards.

All in all, it was a positive night for the Wildcats – a night where many players got a chance to play and contribute, and also identify the things (reducing turnovers, cleaning up penalties) they can focus on in upcoming practices as they prepare for the game next Friday against Sammamish. Hillel says fixing the bugs in Mount Si’s offensive attack won’t be too hard to do. “Just watching film and fixing up minor details and we should be good,” he said.

The Wildcats host Sammamish next Friday at 7:00.

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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