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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


(6-0).


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.

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