“Air Raid” is the name of Mount Si football team’s game this season, if the official posters that Wildcats are autographing for local kids is anything to go on.
That’s because, with long-armed quarterback Nick Mitchell back for a senior season, looking to connect with a two-dozen waiting hands from the likes of wide receivers Wyatt Baker-Jagla, Trevor Daniels, Parker Dumas, Jake Smith, Jack Nelson, tight end Beau Shain and back Bailey Takacs, Mount Si can be expected to deploy a potent flight attack.
“We need to utilize the players we have,” said Mitchell, who trained hard in the weight room and attended a lot of football camps this summer.
At the end of the preseason scrimmage, the Scarlet and Gray game, Mitchell absorbed some important lessons. The biggest one: Don’t get frustrated. Now, Mitchell focuses on heading back to the Tacoma Dome with this team.
Throws may be a big part of the recipe, says head coach Charlie Kinnune, but “we’ll still be running the football.”
Kinnune likes what he sees on the offensive and defensive lines.
First-teamer Brad Christensen is back in action, as is vet Chris Schlicting. Cameron Davis and Jack Nordby is playing, as are centers David Bluher and Ryan Bolen.
“We’re all impressed with what we saw tonight,” said lineman Evan Johnson, following the August 30 scrimmage. “Guys are stepping up.”
“We’re really starting to gel together. We’re starting to see some positive practices,” said Beau Shain, who had a pick and scored in the scrimmage.
Sean Hyland, who was out last fall, was pleased by his interception on the night. “It was a real fun game, a nail biter,” said the senior.
“I’m really excited that we’re a young group,” said Johnson. “Good things to come this year.”
“It makes me feel like I’m a professional”—Evan Johnson on signing autographs for younger players.
• This Friday, Mount Si heads to Issaquah stadium to battle the Eagles. Game time is 7 p.m.
Mount Si football schedule
Friday, Sept. 13
• Mount Si at Issaquah, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20
• Mount Si at Juanita, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27
• Mount Si hosts Interlake, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4
• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11
• Mount Si at Lake Washington, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18
• Mount Si at Bellevue, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25
• Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1
• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 7 p.m.
Above, Sean Lowney, Brad Christensen, Evan Johnson, Beau Shain, signing autographs at the Scarlet and Gray Game, Aug. 30.
Below, Wildcats stop for a group photo with local youth football players.