Quarterback Cale Millen pushes up the ball before Mount Si’s first and only touchdown of the night. (Photo courtesy of Calder Productions)

Mount Si takes second loss of the season against Woodinville

Despite scoring early in the first quarter, the Mount Si Wildcats football team took their second loss of the season Sept. 22 when they played Woodinville at home. Woodinville, the current leader of the KingCo 4A league and the former league champions, defeated Mount Si 38-7.

Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune said the match was their toughest yet, but the team has shown that they can bounce back from this type of loss.

“We played a better team. Woodinville’s team is ranked fifth in the state, returning KingCo champs. They won last year with basically the same team and teams like that tend to make you play bad, so we certainly contributed by not executing, but those were all symptoms of playing a team better than you are,” he said. “Our team has shown a lot of grit, it’s come back from being down. We just haven’t shown that at home.”

Mount Si now has two wins and two losses in the season, both losses occurring at home games. Kinnune said that the team feels bad they have not been able to perform well at home, but their game against Woodinville will motivate the team to play at a higher level than before.

“We always feel that when we play a team better, if we come away healthy, we come away a better team,” he said. “Typically good teams are strong and fast and it allows us to speed up our game. We will go into our next games that way… that’s why we are in this league, we have a long-term vision of our season. If you have a vision, you can withstand some setbacks and come back and practice harder.”

Mount Si’s next match is against Sedro-Woolley High School, a two hour drive from Snoqualmie.

Kinnune said the team had an open slot in the middle of their season and he purposefully chose to play against Sedro-Woolley to be able so see how the team performs after long distance travel.

“I want us to be able to travel distance, if we get to Sedro and don’t perform well we have the opportunity to dissect that and make improvements in our travel plans,” he said. “If we go into it and are playing at the top of our game, we are in a much better place to perform when we travel.”

Mount Si is tied for third place in the league with Issaquah, Eastlake, Skyline and Newport. Kinnune is anticipating the rest of the season to include growth for the Mount Si team.

“With the 2-2 record we are learning to deal with wins and losses, we shouldn’t get too high with a win or low with a loss, come out of each experience more determined than before to get better,” he said. “My job is to remind our team that we are going to be OK if we are determined to get better.”

Jesiah Irish begins a big run in the second half of the game. (Photo courtesy of Calder Productions)

More in Sports

Wildcats conquer Mount Vernon in first round of the 4A state football playoffs

Mount Si will host the Puyallup Vikings in the Class 4A state quarterfinals.

Mount Si volleyball ends season at districts

Mount Si finished its volleyball season with a 3-0 loss to Kamiak… Continue reading

Mount Si Wildcats senior defensive lineman RJ Bell, who has been on the varsity roster since the second half of his freshman season in the fall of 2015. Bell, who weighs 285 pounds, is the largest defensive lineman on the Wildcats roster. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Bell bulldozes opponents in the trenches

Wildcats defensive lineman RJ Bell sets the tone on the interior line.

Mount Si’s Waskom runs to first at state

Wildcat is school’s first-ever cross country state champion.

Mount Si Wildcats head football coach Charlie Kinnune, center, addresses his players following their convincing 42-0 victory against the Rogers Rams in a winner-to-state, loser-out playoff game on Nov. 3 in Snoqualmie. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Wildcats dominate Rams in playoff opener on the gridiron

Mount Si quarterback Cale Millen connects with Jonny Barrett on four of his five touchdown passes.

Mount Si bounces into district volleyball tournament

Wildcats take sixth at 4A KingCo tourney.

Warford and Bostwick qualify for state golf tourney

Final team qualifications to be determined.

Warford notches 4A KingCo medalist title

Mount Si golfer Drew Warford captured the 4A KingCo medalist tournament title… Continue reading

Wildcats keep rolling on the gridiron

Mount Si quarterback Cale Millen connected with Jonny Barrett for five of… Continue reading

Mount Si Wildcats sophomore running back Cole Norah has emerged as one of the most important players to his team’s offense. Norah scored a team-high three touchdowns against the Issaquah Eagles on Oct. 5. Mount Si currently has an overall record of 6-0 thus far during the 2018 season. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Sensational sophomore on the gridiron

Mount Si running back Cole Norah is rising to the occasion.

Mount Si Wildcats senior quarterback Cale Millen, left, hands off to running back Cole Norah in the first half of play. Norah had three rushing touchdowns in Mount Si’s 38-6 victory against Issaquah on Oct. 5 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Wildcats undefeated streak continues

Mount Si improves overall record to 6-0 during the 2018 season.

‘If it’s up in the air, you gotta go get it’

Mount Si wide receiver Barrett hauling in TDs