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Griffin McLain pushes the ball during a second-half attempt at state. Blake Herman, at rear, assists. - Photo by Calder Productions
Griffin McLain pushes the ball during a second-half attempt at state. Blake Herman, at rear, assists.
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Mount Si senior running back Joey Cotto reels in a Nick Mitchell pass for a touchdown in the first quarter of the semifinal game Friday.

Mount Si players Beau Shain, Griffin McLain, Joey Cotto and Trent Riley try to shut down a Bellevue rush.


Wildcat quarterback Nick Mitchell runs in the fourth quarter of the Bellevue game.

The Wildcat student section cheers on the team at the Dome.

 

Mount Si’s history-making arrival at the 3A state semi-final football game saw the Wildcats make a season-first impact on a tough foe.

Mount Si beat Bellevue onto the scoreboard—a first for the Wolverines this season—but ended up falling, 37-7.

It was senior Joey Cotto who put up the Wildcat touchdown, collecting a pass from Nick Mitchell, at 6:45 in the first quarter. Cameron Van Winkle had the kick.

In the first quarter, Bellevue elected to receive, and Cameron Van Winkle kicked it clear to the end zone, his standard procedure.

In their first drive, Mount Si’s rushes were halted. A Van Winkle punt to Bellevue led to a fair catch attempt and fumble, recovered by Jimbo Davis.

Starting from the Bellevue 29-yard line, Mitchell fired to Cotto for 11 yards, then Cotto rushed for a yard. A Mitchell pass to Jimbo Davis added three yards, and after a timout, Mitchell connected with Cotto again to score.

From there, the Bellevue defense sealed things off. Bellevue’s John Nguyen had three touchdowns, Budda Baker one, and Ryan Bordner kicked three field goals, including a big 47-yarder in the second quarter.

Mount Si ended the season second in league, 11-2 overall, its only losses to the Bellevue juggernaut.

The 2012 Wildcats will go down as the most successful team in Mount Si history. Passing, reception and kicking records were shattered by Mitchell, receiver Trent Riley and Van Winkle.

KingCo honors

In KingCo conference honors, Mount Si receiver Trent Riley was named Offensive Player of the Year and top punt returner. Griffin McLain is Lineman of the Year. Kicker Cameron Van Winkle is Special Teams Player of the Year.

First-team honors go to Van Winkle, Riley, McLain, Jimbo Davis, Hank Van Liew, Zach Blazevich, Hunter Malberg, Tyler Button, Stephen Nnabue, Brad Christensen and Nick Mitchell. Second-team awards go to Nnabue, Riley, McLain and Mitch Rorem. Honorable mentions went to Tyler Rutherford, Blake Herman, Joey Cotto, Evan Johnson and Beau Shain.

Charlie Kinnune is the league Coach of the Year. Eric Riley—father to Trent—is Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

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