'Cats fall to Kingco champs

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As many predicted, the Issaquah Eagles clinched the Kingco 3A football title last Friday night at the expense of a battered Mount Si team, 45-14.

The win leaves Issaquah with a 9-0 record while the Wildcats fall to 2-7 overall and look forward to a potential highlight in competing for the Valley Cup trophy and bragging rights for the next year. With potential rumors of Cedarcrest investigating a move to another league, it may be the last meeting of the two teams for many years.

With the temperatures dipping into the mid-20s at the Issaquah game last week, it took every ounce of energy to concentrate on the game.

It didn't take long for Issaquah to test the Mount Si secondary. A pass from Mark Gray to Erik Woldseth scored the first touchdown of the game. The extra point kick was good as Issaquah took the lead 7-0 with 9:04 left in the first.

The Wildcats put together an impressive drive on their next possession with passes from quarterback Alex Smart to Evan Hillburn, Michael Lindor and Eric Tierney. A fumble by Smart, which he recovered, notched a loss in yardage for the Wildcats. A pass bounced out of the hands of Tierney on fourth down to give the ball to Issaquah with 4:43 left in the first quarter.

Several plays later Lindor recovered an Issaquah fumble to give Mount Si new hope. Four plays later the 'Cats were forced to punt.

On the Eagles' next series the Wildcats' secondary was better prepared. Ben Kruse nearly picked off an Issaquah pass near the end zone. But with 1:10 left in the first quarter, Gray found Blake Ferguson in the corner for the score. The extra point was good and Issaquah led 14-0.

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