Photos by Calder Productions
Mount Si’s Trent Riley, left, moves around Glacier Peak players, supported by Tyler Button, right, in playoff action last weekend.
Griffin McLain runs for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The Mount Si offensive line holds off Glacier Peak as Nick Mitchell winds up for a pass. This was a first-quarter drive by the Wildcats against Glacier Peak on Nov. 9.
Mount Si football had a huge win Friday, Nov. 9, against Glacier Peak in the first round of state playoffs.
Coming in, the Grizzlies had the same 9-1 record as Mount Si. They also held a Wesco league title. That didn't seem to matter to Mount Si, as the Valley team pushed to a 52-19 victory at Snohomish, with the Wildcat offense, defense and kicking divisions hitting hard.
The game began with a defensive duel punctuated by field goals in the first quarter. Cameron Van Winkle, Mount Si's University of Washington-bound kicker, made a 22-yard field goal (and, as he usually does, Van Winkle went on to score seven points after touchdowns as a special-teams powerhouse). Glacier Peak's kicker Spencer Petit answered back with a 32-yard field goal.
In the second quarter, though, Mount Si exploded, putting 42 points on the board, with quarterback Nick Mitchell's arm firing direct, long and accurate.
First, Mount Si tight end Griffin McLain caught a 14-yard pass from Mitchell to score. Next, Trent Riley caught a 16-yard pass from Mitchell. Then Mount Si's junior running back Evan Johnson made a leaping, 11-yard run for a score.
The drives kept coming. Senior receiver Riley got on the board again with a 21-yard pass from the junior quarterback, and then, Mitchell connected with a really long bomb, a 41-yarder that Riley ran in.
Senior running back Joey Cotto had the big pick of the night, scoring on a 43-yard interception run. Beau Shain and Tyler Button also had important, drive-starting interceptions.
Mount Si's senior running back Keenan McVein ran the ball in from a yard out for the final Wildcat touchdown of the night, in the third quarter.
Glacier Peak did build their score in the fourth, while keeping the Wildcats scoreless. Grizzly Sean Elledge made a 54-yard touchdown run, and fellow Grizzly Josh May caught a 14-yard pass from Chris Becerra. May and Austin Hines had two-point conversions after those plays.
Mount Si now hosts the Kennedy Lancers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at home, for the WIAA Washington State 3A Championship quarterfinals.
You can see video highlights of the Glacier Peak game and more details and stats at http://mtsihsfootball.com/