Captains of the Mount Si High School football team are, from left, Collin Fleisch, Tank Brewster, Jesiah Irish, Michael Colins, Connor Holt and Kyle Fraser. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Wildcats face full month of strong 4A opponents for start of the season | Fall Sports Update

After the elation of beating Skyline in their season opener, the Mount Si football team had a setback last week, and a tough couple of weeks still ahead.

Head coach: Charlie Kinnune

Record so far: 1 win against Skyline, 1 loss to Bothell

Team captains: Tank Brewster, Michael Collins, Collin Fleisch, Kyle Fraser, Connor Holt and Jesiah Irish.

The season ahead: “We’ve got some good experience,” said Kinnune. “Our offensive line is very experienced.”

And the team’s numbers are good, too, with 122 in the 9-12 program, including 22 seniors, 25 juniors, 30 sophomores and 45 freshmen.

The team’s 41-30 win over Skyline Sept. 1 on the road, gave them all a big boost.

“For us to get that win right off the bat, that was really motivating,” Kinnune said, “but then we went out (last) week and laid an egg against Bothell.”

The Wildcats lost their first home game, 35-14, last Friday.

It was disappointing, Kinnune admitted, but added “They have the number one quarterback on the west coast, and he got them out of a few jams.”

His team has spent this week “playing catchup,” in practices, working on what Kinnune calls “the little things… We need to stay away from penalties… and I think it’s really important that we play as a team.”

Practice, he added, “is the most important thing we do.” Last week, because of the poor air quality caused by forest fires in Eastern Washington, all outdoor practices were moved inside for two days.

The team is looking ahead to two more strong opponents this month, too. They play at Eastlake this Friday and host Woodinville at home Sept. 22.

Between Mount Si, Skyline, Bothell, Eastlake and Woodinville, “I kind of feel that it’s a five-way race for four (playoff) spots,” said Kinnune, “and we play them all in the first month.”

Once the Wildcats survive September, though, “we could really get a good run in October.”

Don’t-miss game: Any game, if you can manage it. “We need the crowds,” said Kinnune, we need all the help we can get.”

Next home game: Friday, Sept. 22, vs. Woodinville, 7 p.m. at Mount Si Stadium.

2017-18 Football Schedule

Fri, Sep 15 Eastlake 7 pm at Eastlake High School

Fri, Sep 22 Woodinville 7 pm at Home

Fri, Sep 29 Sedro-Woolley 7 pm at Sedro-Woolley High School

Fri, Oct 6 Issaquah 7 pm at Issaquah High School

Fri, Oct 13 Inglemoor 7 pm at Home

Fri, Oct 20 Northcreek 7 pm at Pop Keeney Stadium

Fri, Oct 27 Newport 7 pm at Home

Photo courtesy of Calder Productions Mount Si’s Jonny Barrett makes a one handed catch during their game against Bothell.

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