Friday night lights: Traditions shine bright for Mount Si football | First home game is tonight

Mount Si football starters Trent Riley (WR), Griffin McLain (DE), Mitch Rorem (Center). - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Mount Si football starters Trent Riley (WR), Griffin McLain (DE), Mitch Rorem (Center).
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

The traditions of Mount Si football shine bright on this fall for Mount Si's 20 seniors, as for the rest of the class.

When the crowd fills the stadium, when the Friday night lights power up, senior lineman Griffin McLain definitely senses spirit.

"Just see, on Friday, how many people come out here," he says. "The whole Valley is out here."

That tradition is palpable, too, for teammates Mitch Rorem, at center, and Trent Riley, wide receiver.

It's a whole new line, except for Stephen Nabue, but Rorem says that it feels like they've been playing together forever. Following weeks of practice, communication is strong.

"We're on the same page," he says.

Riley missed his junior season, not much thanks to a knee issue, but he's back in for senior year. KingCo, as always, looks like tough competition, "but I think we're ready."

The Wildcats will have to keep on working, but early season games have been promising, and Riley likes what he sees.  It helps that Mount Si defeated Kennedy Catholic school in an early match-up, 30-0.

McLain's goal: "Go out every week, compete. Get the win, and try to have our best year ever."

Rorem and Riley are in agreement on the destination.

"The Dome. That's our number one goal," says Riley.

• The Mount Si football team's next home game is Juanita at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

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