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Friday Night Football Fright
There were no ghouls, no goblins, no rattling of ghostly chains, but
the offensive firepower displayed by the Bellevue varsity football team on
Friday the 13th was scary enough to beat the Mount Si Wildcats 31-12.
The Wolverines racked up 420 yards on the ground while playing
host to the visiting Wildcats last week. Mount Si's passing attack was
limited to 45 yards for quarterback Byron Dill, and 79 yards and two touchdowns
for Jon Odom.
The Wolverine offense got rolling early. After receiving the
opening kickoff, Bellevue marched from their own 49-yard line to the Mount Si
20. Facing fourth and 5 on the 20, the Wolverines ran the ball down to
the 3-yard line.
The Wildcats were able to stuff Bellevue's offense on the ensuing
play, but on second and goal Gavin Smith ran it in from the 1-yard line.
Pat Mutzel added the point after, and the Wolverines led 7-0 with 8:16 left
in the first quarter.
Mount Si started its first drive of the game on its own 21-yard line.
The Wildcats managed to make one first down, but were forced to punt
from the 36 after a screen pass from Dill to Michael Dollinter on third and 8
netted only a yard.
Again, the Wolverine offense had little trouble moving the football.
On third and 6, on the Mount Si 28-yard line, Yohanns Carr rushed the ball
on a misdirection play, stopping only when he got to the end zone. With
the PAT, the score was 14-0 Bellevue with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
On the kickoff, Bellevue kicked the ball out of bounds, giving the
Wildcats good field position on their own 35-yard line. Runs by Dollinter and
a pass from Dill to Chad Mills pushed the ball to the Bellevue 28,
which brought an end to the first quarter.
However, the `Cats offense was stymied on the next three downs.
On fourth and 9, on the 27-yard line, Dill's pass attempt to Brett Bergstrom
was incomplete, forcing a turnover on downs.
The very next play found Bellevue quarterback Dan Lytle
connecting with Brian Tapia on a 71-yard pass completion down the right side of
the field, and with less than three minutes gone in the second quarter, the
score was 21-0.
The Wildcats were held to three and out in the following series,
setting up another Bellevue drive that ended with a Mutzel field goal and
upping the score to 24-0 at the end of the first half.
As the third quarter ticked by, Mount Si and Bellevue traded
punts, but late in the quarter, the Wolverine offense was again able to
strike quickly. On third and 6, from their own 22-yard line, the Wolverine's
Tapia took a handoff on the reverse and ran it 78 yards for the touchdown, just
as the third-quarter buzzer sounded.
In the final frame, Mount Si would battle back from the 31-0
deficit. Aided by a defensive holding call, the `Cats ran the ball to the Bellevue
24-yard line. Staring at fourth and 5, Odom nailed a pass over the
middle to Steve Botulinski, who bounded into the end zone. The point after
was blocked, but the Wildcats were on the scoreboard 31-6, with less than
nine minutes to go in the game.
The Wildcat defense forced Bellevue into a three-and-out
situation. After receiving the punt, Mount Si started on its own 49-yard line.
Two more passes from Odom to Botulinski resulted in two more first downs.
On first and goal on the Bellevue 8, Odom connected with Bergstrom for
the `Cats' second touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and Mount
Si closed the gap to 31-12, with 4:36 left.
That would wind up being the final score of the game. The loss
drops the Wildcats' record to 3-3, placing the team in the middle of the 3A
KingCo conference standings.
"Bellevue's fast. We have a hard time with speed and they just
out-played us," said coach Charlie Kinnune.
"All you've got to do is take a step in one direction and they come
back on you from the other direction."
Bellevue moved to 4-2, tied for third place in the conference
with Newport and behind second-place Mercer Island (5-1) and Skyline
Kinnune said the team is upbeat about the next three games.
"We play Issaquah, Newport and Cedarcrest, and we think all
three teams provide great challenges for us," he said.
Mount Si plays the Issaquah Indians at Issaquah on Friday. Game
time is 7:30 p.m.