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Wildcats pound Saints
A fact of life is that as football players grow older, consequently, soreness becomes an issue. But that didn't stop Brett Bergstrom from having one of his biggest games ever as Mount Si pummeled the Interlake Saints 46-21 last Friday.
Bergstrom, suffering from a sore shoulder and back, accounted for 26 of those 46 points, setting a new school record held by former Wildcats Eric Riley and Frankie Orr, who each had 24 points.
Neither team did much on offense in the opening minutes of the game. But with 2:40 left in the first quarter, Patrick Carter dove over the right side to score, following a Bergstrom 60-yard pass reception from quarterback Alex Smart. Bergstrom added the extra point to make the score 7-0.
Early in the second quarter, the Saints put together a drive that had them deep in Mount Si territory. The Wildcats' Brandon Dollinter quickly shut things down by picking off a Saints' pass with 9:48 left. Bergstrom scored on a pass across the middle from Smart. He nailed the point-after try and the Wildcats went up 14-0.
Interlake would try its passing game again on the ensuing drive, but the results were the same, as this time Dollinter picked off another pass at the Interlake 26. Carter added his own effort, moving the ball to the Saints 6, but the run was called back on a holding call. On fourth down, Bergstrom added more points to the scoreboard with a 43-yard field goal.
The Saints would answer though, starting from their own 26-yard line. Their drive appeared to falter, but with 3:07 left in the half, a fade pass to the corner was hauled in for a score. The extra point made the game 17-7.
The next score would be an indication of the Wildcats' defensive pressure as a hike sailed over the Saints' punter's head. An Interlake player recovered, but the damage was done as the Wildcats recorded a safety, making the score 19-7.
The Wildcats continued their offensive exploits in the second half, as passes to Dollinter and Bergstrom put Mount Si on the Interlake 5-yard line. Carter got the dive call and punched his way into the end zone. Bergstrom's kick was good, making the score 26-7.
Defensively, the Wildcats were entrenched. The Saints, after picking off an Alex Smart pass deep in Mount Si territory, could not score, giving the Wildcats the ball on downs late in the third quarter. Carter then put the Wildcats into field-goal range with a huge run and with 2:28 left in the third, Bergstrom booted a 45-yard field goal for three more points, making the score 29-7.
The Wildcat defense again poured on the pressure. A huge sack by Mike Miller and Jimmy Fleming pushed the Saints back into their own territory. Tyler Austin then picked off a pass and rambled into the end zone. But the touchdown was called back with a penalty after the interception.
The 'Cats couldn't score, however, forcing a punt, which put the Saints at their own 9-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
Keeping up the pressure, a Mount Si player tipped the arm of the Saints' quarterback just as he was releasing a pass. The ball rolled into the end zone, where it was recovered by Phil Collins for a touchdown. Bergstrom's extra-point kick was good, making the score 36-7.
Interlake tried in vain to get its passing game in gear, but again, it was Dollinter who would shut it down. This time, he snagged a Saints' pass at their own 39-yard line. The Wildcats moved the ball to the Saints' 20 to set up a pass across the middle from Byron Dill to Bergstrom, who snagged it one-handed and rambled into the end zone.
Interlake would score again on a fade pass to the back of the end zone making the score 43-14.
At that time, Bergstrom was one point behind the scoring record set by Riley. With minutes left on the click, Bergstrom nailed a 44-yard field goal to get his 26, giving the team 46 points.
Interlake scored in the final seconds of the game with the Wildcat junior-varsity players on the field for a final score of 46-21.
"We have two big games left," said Wildcat coach Charlie Kinnune about the remaining season. "For this team to be 4-3 is really great, and we are really only one play away from 5-2."
"The farther away we get from it [the Sammamish game, which Mount Si lost in the final minutes], the more disappointing it is," he said. "We are pleased - this team has been through a lot this year, and I am really proud of these guys." Interlake falls to 0-7 and Mount Si climbs to 4-3 for the season.