The Mount Si football team won 40-7 against Oak Harbor on the road Saturday, Nov. 9.
Now. fifth-ranked Mount Si (9-1) advances to the state playoffs to face second-ranked O’Dea (10-0) of Seattle, this Friday, Nov. 15, in Memorial Stadium at the Seattle Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
In action last Friday, the Oak Harbor Wildcats scored first but Mount Si scored often to roll to their lopsided win in a quad-district playoff game. On Oak Harbor’s second possession of the game, junior running back Dejon Devroe bolted 59 yards for a touchdown, and Mark Johnston added the point-after kick.
Oak Harbor had a chance to build on that when it sacked Mount Si quarterback Nick Mitchell and recovered his fumble on Mount Si’s next possession.
But it was three-and-out for Oak Harbor, and Mount Si took off from there. Oak Harbor never forced a third down as Mount Si went 67 yards in eight plays to tie the game. Mount Si took the lead midway through the second quarter on a 54-yard scoring drive. Mount Si missed the PAT and led 13-7.
The next few minutes sealed Oak Harbor’s fate. First, it fumbled on the kick return. Mount Si recovered at the 21 and scored four plays later to make it 19-7.
Mount Si received the second-half kickoff and put the game away. First, the team overcame a third-and-16 with a 50-yard pass play. Then it faced a 4-and-9, but got bailed out on a pass interference call on a throw that wouldn’t have been completed. Next, an Oak Harbor sack resulted in a 15-yard loss, but the play was wiped out by an Oak Harbor personal foul. On the next play Mount Si scored to lead 26-7.
After Oak Harbor turned the ball over on downs at the Mount Si 37, Mount Si converted on two fourth downs on the way to scoring on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 33-7.
Oak Harbor showed a spark of life when Devroe returned the kickoff 74 yards to the Mount Si 19. However, an interception in the end zone on the next play doused that chance.
A personal foul on the interception return pushed Mount Si back to the 1-yard line. It took the visitors only two plays to score. First, senior Bailey Takacs popped through the middle for 85 yards, and then Mitchell completed his third touchdown pass to finish the scoring.
Mitchell, an Oregon State University recruit, completed 15 of 24 passes for 190 yards. Takacs finished with 191 yards on 23 carries. Mount Si held Oak Harbor to 190 rushing yards, 144 under its season average.
• Whidbey News-Times’ sports editor Jim Waller contributed the game report for this story. You can read his full story here.
Photos by Calder Productions
Above, the Mount Si offensive line covers a push by Chapman.
Nick Mitchell winds up for a pass, protected by Ryan Findley.
Mount Si quarterback Nick Mitchell hands off to carrier Jordan Chapman, while Chris Schlicting, no. 70, blocks against Oak Harbor. The Wildcats won on the road, 40-7, to open the door to state play.
Senior Bailey Takacs on the carry. Below, Mount Si defenders Jake Smith, no. 12, and Andrew Thompson, no. 51, wrap up Oak Harbor carrier Dejon Devroe during a first-half play. Mount Si’s rugged defense helped them dominate.