Ben Evensen is a Mount Si High School senior and an aspiring sportswriter. Look for his game analysis before each Mount Si football game throughout the 2013 season. To follow Mount Si Football visit their website and/or Facebook page.
For the second straight year, Mount Si Football finds itself at 5-0 and ranked among the State 3A top 5 – coming in at #4. As conference play continues, the Wildcats travel to Lake Washington High School to take on the Kangs tonight, October 11, 2013.
Last week, Mount Si hosted conference foe Sammamish High School. Quarterback, Nick Mitchell, had another great game, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more. Jake Smith caught the first touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage, and Jackson Nelson caught the second, marking his first career touchdown reception. Three additional rushing touchdowns from Jordan Chapman, Evan Johnson, and Drew Cotto put Mount Si up 49-0 at halftime.
The second half saw many backups finding playing time for the second straight week and when it was all said and done, Mount Si won 52-13.
At the halfway point of the season, Mitchell has been on a tear, passing for 13 total touchdowns in just five games. Even more remarkable is that he has yet to throw an interception. His stats are even better than they were in 2012, which some credit to his star Senior wide receivers. But so far, new names like Trevor Daniels, Beau Shain, Parker Dumus, and Jake Smith have all greatly surpassed expectations.
The rushing game has also been valuable to Mount Si. Bailey Takacs has helped this team move the ball, and his numbers are right up there with the best in the conference. Chapman has been a good option behind Tackas, while Cotto and Johnson have proved to be very good goal-line backs. All four running backs have scored this season, so if the passing game isn’t working for Mount Si, the ground game can still carry the offense.
Game six has the Wildcats taking on Lake Washington High School. The Kangs are 2-3 on the year, but that isn’t saying much. When they have won, it has been against weaker teams like Liberty and Cedarcrest. Their losses have come against Bellevue, Mercer Island and Foss High Schools.
Like most teams in the KingCo 3A Conference, Lake Washington is just not that good – and shouldn’t be any problem for the Wildcats. Lake Washington is certainly better than Interlake and Sammamish, but don’t expect any big upset here.
It should be another big game from Mitchell and the offense shouldn’t experience any major bumps. Defensively, as long as they avoid giving Lake Washington any kind of hope early, Mount Si should prevent the Kangs offense from moving the ball.
The only realistic problem facing the Wildcats is looking ahead to the huge Bellevue game next week, but that wasn’t a problem last year and shouldn’t be this year either.
Prediction: Mount Si 49 Lake Washington 10