Mount Si’s football team gets ready for the playoffs with a non-league date against an old foe….here’s our preview and pick……

Mount Si High School’s football team closes out the regular season tonight with Senior Night, as they renew a battle on the gridiron that they have fought for nearly 40 years.

KINGCO 4A FOOTBALL – NONLEAGUE
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. LIBERTY PATRIOTS
MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL, SNOQUALMIE
OCTOBER 30, 2015, KICKOFF 7:00 P.M.

It was a special week last week as all of you know by now, as Mount Si clinched a 4A state playoff week 10 berth with a solid 24-10 Homecoming win over the Newport Knights. This week, the Wildcats renew a rivalry that started when both teams were part of the Seamount League back in the late 1970’s and has lasted for the nearly 40 years since.

The Wildcats are 5-3 overall and are led by the senior cast of players such as Harrison Danna and Parker Dumas, both of whom connected on a TD in last week’s game, fellow senior Cory Cotto, who also scored a TD, and other members of the Class of 2016 such as Colton Swain and Caleb Mitchell.

But, once again this week, we’re going to focus a bit on junior Jack Weidenbach. The defensive star for Mount Si continued his strong play in that department last week, but it was what he did on offense which was the story. Weidenbach had a breakout game on offense, scoring a touchdown on a long 48-yard run, and also locking the game up at the end with another key run. The offensive side of the ball has had its share of frustrations this fall for Weidenbach, and Jack, you probably know what we’re referring to here, and we’re sorry to have to bring that up. But he quickly got past that and has continued to deliver key contributions on both sides of the ball. Seeing Weidenbach’s pure joy in that postgame interview he did after last week’s game with KOMO’s Erin Mayovsky was certainly a great sight for the team and its fans, and indicative of how big a performance it really was for the Wildcat player.

With the rain in the forecast expected tonight, the ground game will become key, meaning Cotto and Weidenbach will be the focal points for the Mount Si offense most likely. If fellow back Max Bonda is able to return tonight after his injury during the Eastlake game three weeks ago, that will also be a plus.

Liberty comes in at 4-4, 2-3 within Kingco 3A, and fell last week to Juanita. The Patriots are in the midst of having lost four of five, with the only win being by forfeit October 9 over Sammamish. Top players to watch for LHS include senior QB Nate Solly, senior RB’s Joe Cunningham and Max Batali, and senior receiver Ian Briggs.

Mount Si tonight will be looking to stay healthy, and there is a chance you might see some younger players play tonight, kids who perhaps haven’t had an opportunity to see some varsity action. Could be a good night tonight for fans to see the present, and perhaps the future of this Wildcat team. Remember, as we told you earlier this week, there is no risk of losing the state playoff berth Mount Si locked up last week, all that the Wildcats are waiting on is which seed they get and where they go to play next week’s playoff game. In review, the possible opponents – all from the South Puget Sound League – include Jefferson and Beamer from Federal Way, and Kentwood and Kentlake from Covington.

We look for a great Senior Night, as this Wildcat team looks to start another strong postseason run.

MOUNT SI 24, LIBERTY 10

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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