Bergstrom and Smart lead Mount Si to homecoming victory

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SNOQUALMIE - Brett Bergstrom caught eight passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mount Si High School Wildcats to a 27-20 homecoming win over Issaquah last Friday.

The first touchdown came shortly into the first quarter when quarterback Alex Smart threw a pass to Bergstrom, who ran it into the right corner of the end zone from the 16-yard line. Bergstrom also kicked in the extra point.

A few minutes later, Smart ran in his own score from the 7-yard line. With Bergstrom's kick the score increased to 14-0.

Smart was 12-of-22 and finished the game with 137 yards passing. Lineman coach Chris Jackson said Smart is playing phenomenally well for being as young as he is.

"We've always known he's had the physical tools," Jackson said. "He's showing a lot of poise and good leadership qualities."

The Mount Si defense lost some of its lead to Issaquah later in the first quarter. With 45 seconds left on the clock, Issaquah's Nick Bakamus ran in the Indians first touchdown of the night from the 4-yard line, and Phil Quigley kicked the extra point.

The Wildcats opened up the second quarter with another touchdown pass from Smart to Bergstrom. This time he sprinted in from the 40-yard line and kicked in the extra point for the 21-7 lead.

"He's got good hands and very good moves after he catches the football," Jackson said of Bergstrom. "His talents have really shined this year so far."

Minutes later the Indian offense penetrated through the Wildcat defense well enough to score another touchdown on a 14-yard carry by Ashley Stallworth, which brought the score to 21-14.

Less than a minute into the third quarter Mount Si's defense left Issaquah's Bakamus wide open, allowing him to catch an 82-yard touchdown pass from Brain Stevens. Quigley failed with the point-after kick, bringing the score to 21-20.

"We made a mistake in coverage. We didn't have our kids in the right position so [Issaquah] took advantage of that," Jackson said of Issaquah's touchdown pass.

With only five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Indians attempted a fake punt from their 25-yard line, but the 'Cats thwarted the trick play. Mount Si took advantage of the short field as Brandon Dollinter caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Smart. The Wildcats led 27-20 after the extra point failed.

With two minutes left in the game, Mount Si let the clock run out, sealing their second win of the season. The 'Cats are now 2-2 after losing to Sammamish and Newport, and the team is feeling positive about the rest of the season.

"We had a tough loss to start the year, and the Newport game was obviously kind of humbling as well," Jackson said. "We had to really scrape and scratch to beat Liberty, and the win against Issaquah to build on that confidence has really put us in the position that we can compete with anybody now."

The Wildcats play away at Mercer Island this week.

"We like our chances," Jackson said. "If we continue to play well the way we have and continue to improve, we think we should be able to get in a real good game and have a chance to win."

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