'Cats scare state-ranked team

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Following a trend it has set all season of being close but falling short, Mount Si was defeated by the 11th-ranked Mercer Island Islanders 28-19 last week.

The key to the game for both teams was turnovers, with each squad handing the ball over several times, many of which led to scoring.

The Wildcats were the first to score on a Mercer Island mistake. As the Wildcat defense dug in its heals deep in Mercer Island territory, the Islanders were forced to punt. The snap to the punter sailed over his head and the 'Cats pounced on the ball at the Mercer Island five-yard line.

Three plays later, the Wildcats' Adam Rothgeb found a seam in the defense and dove in for the touchdown. Chris Brown added the extra point for Mount Si giving them a 7-0 lead with seven minutes left in the first quarter.

Mercer Island responded, starting from their own 18. Despite tackles from Phil Collins and Mike Lindor, the Islanders worked their way down the field. On fourth-and-one from 31 yards out, the Islanders found the end zone and with the extra point, tied the game at 7-7 with 3:04 left in the first quarter.

After the 'Cats went three and out, the Islanders had a chance to take the lead. Starting from their own 34 with 1:06 left on the clock, the ball popped loose and Kyle Meuli picked it up for Mount Si and headed for the end zone. Brown missed the extra point to the left of the goal posts but the Wildcats took the lead 13-7.

The Islanders answered quickly after a 50-yard kickoff return put them deep in Mount Si territory. Two plays later from one yard out Mercer Island found the end zone and with the extra point, took the lead 14-13.

Mercer Island would have a chance later in the second quarter to further their lead. On fourth-and-20, from the Wildcats' 21, Mercer Island attempted a field goal that missed the uprights, giving the ball to Mount Si.

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