The Mount Si Wildcat football team took a big step in their development last Friday night and in doing so, treated their fans to maybe one of the greatest comebacks in school history as the Wildcats, down 20-3 at one point in the first half, scored 34 straight unanswered points to stun the Mercer Island Islanders 37-20 on the island. Five different Wildcats scored touchdowns as Mount Si evolved from a new-look team into a potential playoff contender.
“We grew up tonight. That was a must win for us, and we’ve been talking all week about the fact that it was a must win and we put the pressure on these kids but, you know what, pressure is whatever you make of it,” said Wildcat coach Charlie Kinnune.
As mentioned before, the game started out very rough for Mount Si as the Islanders took it to the Wildcat defense and got on the board quickly. A 47-yard run by Philip Seda on third down set up a Graham Maxwell 5-yard touchdown run to open the scoring just a couple of minutes in. Late in the quarter with about four minutes left, Jeff Chapman opened Mount Si’s scoring with a 36-yard field goal to make it 7-3 MI. Seda then gave the Wildcats fits again, scoring a touchdown of his own from 22 yards out with eight seconds left in the quarter to give the Islanders a 13-3 lead going into the second frame.
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