Lines of force: Mount Si football's offense, defense clicking as Wildcats nearly blank Juanita
September 19, 2012 · 1:15 PM
It all starts with the line. So says Trent Riley, the Mount Si senior who got on the board three times last Friday, Sept. 14, in Mount Si’s crushing win over the Juanita Rebels.
Good pass blocking and turnovers helped put Riley in position for two throws from quarterback Nick Mitchell, and he snagged an interception himself.
Joey Cotto, Mitchell, Jimbo Davis and Jordan Chapman put up touchdowns, as did junior Beau Shain in his first varsity score.
The final score was 60-6, after Juanita climbed onto the boards in the fourth, narrowly avoiding the shutout.
“It feels good to put up 60,” Riley said. “It’s good to have that momentum going. Still, I wanted that zero.”
Interceptions abounded. Griffin McLain’s snag in the first quarter allowed Mitchell to run a quarterback sneak. Hank Van Liew’s pick minutes later allowed a Mitchell-Riley touchdown play.
Van Liew said he read the Rebel quarterback’s eyes, then jumped in front.
Kicker Cameron Van Winkle, now a senior, kicked the 33rd field goal of his career, a 37-yarder that broke the old school record.
“I have my head on the numbers,” says Van Winkle, already committed to the University of Washington.
He may not get as many opportunities to kick long balls this season, with Mount Si’s offense and defense firing on all cylinders. But Van Winkle wants to break 50 yards.
“It’s gonna be as high as I can get it,” Van Winkle says of his record.
The lopsided game gave head coach Charlie Kinnune the chance to put in some younger players and grow depth.
“It felt great. I finally got it done,” said Shain, who scored a touchdown on a pass from Jo Jo Hillel in the fourth, Mount Si’s last for the night.
“Just about everybody got a chance to play tonight,” said Kinune.
“It’s still early in the season,” Kinnune said. “We’re still working it, getting better.”
Mount Si faces Interlake on the road this Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.
Kinnune isn’t taking the match-up lightly.
“They ran the ball well on us last year,” he says.