Wildcat football rebounds from slow start to blast Sammamish

Mount Si’s football team started out slow, but once they got things going, it was all Wildcats.

With Wildcat coach Charlie Kinnune (center) offering encouragement to his players, Mount Si’s Nick Mitchell (#3) is congratulated by assistant coach Jeremy Faoro (right) after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Mount Si’s win last night at Sammamish. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Tyler Button scored two TD’s and three others added touchdowns of their own as Mount Si rebounded from an early deficit and scored 41 unanswered points in a 41-6 blowout of Sammamish last night at Sammamish High School in the final Kingco regular-season game for both teams in 2011. The Wildcats will meet Peninsula next week in the first round of the playoffs while Sammamish will wrap up their season against an opponent to be determined from the Metro League.

Sammamish opened the scoring with a touchdown from senior Austin Lee, then Mount Si got to work. Button scored the Wildcats’ first touchdown on a 13-yard reception from quarterback Ryan Atkinson, then Kailund Williams scored six on a five-yard run to paydirt. Mount Si kept the pressure on in the second quarter, with an Atkinson touchdown run and Button’s second TD, a punt return from 54 yards out. Shortly after Button’s big special teams performance, the Wildcats got the ball back and closed the first half out on a strong note, with a 45 yard field goal from junior star Cameron Vanwinkle.

Mount Si was up 31-6 at half, and that allowed coach Charlie Kinnune to sub in younger players, and one of those young players who will be key in future years struck in the fourth quarter. Nick Mitchell, who is expected possibly to be the starting quarterback for the Wildcats as early as next fall, scored a touchdown from one yard out, and that pretty much sealed it. Vanwinkle put the icing on the cake with a second field goal, this from 47 yards out.

Mount Si’s playoff game against Peninsula will be at Art Crate Stadium in Gig Harbor next week. The date and time have yet to be announced, but look for it to be on Friday or Saturday. These two teams met once before in the playoffs, just three short years ago, in a game that will be long remembered by Wildcat fans for the school-record 5 TD performance from then-senior Sean Snead in a 33-9 Mount Si win which sent them into a round-of-16 game the following week against Eastside Catholic, a game which ended in one of the most painful defeats of the Kinnune era, 13-12 EC on a last-second Crusader touchdown after Snead had scored within the final minute of the game on a touchdown.

Rhett Workman

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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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2 Responses to Wildcat football rebounds from slow start to blast Sammamish

  1. Avatar jeff mitchell says:

    The game is next Saturday Nov 5th, 7 pm at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor. The football booster club is hosting a tailgate from 5 to 6:30 pm in north parking lot outside of the visitors stands. Additionally, there will be two rooters buses provided for high school students wishing to attend the game. Students may purchase a seat on the bus and admission to the gme for $10. Students are welcome to come eat at the tailgate dinner.

    ALL MOUNT SI fans are invited to attend the free tailgate! Get over to Gig Harbor and support the Wildcats!!!!

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