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After a disappointing 0-2 start and lackluster offensive performances,

the Mount Si Wildcats varsity football team put on a show for the

home crowd Friday night, pounding the Interlake Saints 35-6.

The scoring started early in the game for the `Cats. On the second

play of the game, Austin Bachelder took the ball, headed to the left side, juked

a couple of Saints defenders and went all the way to the end zone for a

62-yard touchdown run. Brett Bergstrom pounded the extra point through

the uprights to make it a 7-0 game, 16 seconds into the first quarter.

Defensively the Wildcats were just as strong, with Brad Connor,

Jeff Stone, Hiram Tame and Bergstrom forcing the Saints to use their

running game. That put the runners in the direct path to Geoff Hise, Dylan

Seubert and the rest of the defensive line. The result was a few first downs but

nothing to write home about.

With eight minutes left in the first quarter, Mount Si once again

took over. The first gain was a big catch across the middle to Bergstrom

from Jon Odom. The tandem run of Bachelder and Mike Dollinter

moved the ball deep into Interlake territory. Bachelder then dove from three

yards out to record his second touchdown of the night. Bergstrom's

point-after attempt made it 14-0 with 4:16 left in the first quarter.

Interlake answered with a score of its own on a quarterback option

from 40 yards out. With 2:11 left in the first quarter, the score was 14-6. On

the ensuing kick, Chad Mills took the ball at about the 15-yard line and

returned it to the 42, nearly breaking free toward the end zone.

The Wildcats would score one more time before the half was out.

And again, the call was for Bachelder who dove into the end zone with less

than a minute to go in the half. The extra point was muffed, leaving the

score 20-6 at halftime.

The Wildcats would add another touchdown midway through the

third quarter. Starting from their own 33 after a four-and-out Interlake drive,

a combination of passes to Eddie Horstman and runs by Bachelder

put the `Cats in Saints territory. A run by Dollinter then set up a pass to

Steve Botulinski, who was wide open at the 5. He then trotted into the end

zone untouched. With the extra-point kick good, the score was 27-6.

"It was my first touchdown in high school," said Botulinski. "It was

so awesome, I was wide open. Coach was telling me all week it would be

like that. I just faded away from the inside linebacker and found a hole."

The defense took it to the deflated Saints after the touchdown.

Bone-jarring hits on Interlake receivers at the corners made the Bellevue team

apprehensive. Even fake punts didn't faze the determined `Cats. When

they went to the deep pass play, Tame and Logan Ratcliffe were there to pull

in the interception.

Defense would score the last touchdown of the game. Deep in

their own territory, the Saints went to a shotgun formation and tried desperately

to get some yardage. Waiting in the wings at the outside linebacker

spot was C.J. Stanford, who nabbed a pass across the middle and ran it into

the end zone. The ball slipped loose on the PAT, but it was picked up and

run in for the two-point conversion. The score, with 3:41 left in the game,

was 35-6.

Half of the third quarter and all of the fourth quarter saw the No. 2

quarterback, Ratcliffe, and No. 3 quarterback, Byron Dill, receive a lot of

playing time. Odom, who took a shot in the ribs, sat out most of the second

half with a bruised or separated rib. His status for next week was still up in

the air as of press time.

The big news of the game was the three touchdowns scored

by Bachelder. "Those were the first three this year. I had one last year on

homecoming, but it wasn't as big as these; these felt really good," said

Bachelder. "I felt like I could see more. I had

a chance to play "A" back tonight, so I stepped it up and did my job

well. Thanks to the line, and thanks to Brad (Connor) for lead blocking."

"A win is exactly what the doctor ordered," said coach Charlie

Kinnune. "We've been frustrated and beating

on each other, so this is what the doctor ordered. We feel really good

about this. We always knew he (Austin) was a natural tailback more than a

fullback, but we didn't expect Brad Connor to come on at fullback like he did."

"Mike Dollinter kind of got beat up the last two weeks and sat out

some of the offensive practices this week. Bachelder got more of the reps, so

we have a tandem thing going. I think it's going to allow Mike to play more

defense. It's going to allow us to keep up a lot of pressure,"

continued Kinnune.

But the line and quarterback positions also added to the huge win.

"The offensive line did well, and we have three good quarterbacks,"

said Kinnune. "Byron Dill is third on the depth chart right now, but last

year, before he broke his hand, we expected him to step in and challenge for

No. 1.

"Logan has a lot of pressure on him starting at free safety. What

we often forget is that Logan is just a sophomore. He is still young."

The Wildcats will travel to Liberty for a Thursday night game against

the Patriots. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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