Mount Si Football Continues March into Post-Season

Sports writer and Mount Si junior, Ben Evensen, continues his game analysis as Mount Si Football  pushes its way deeper into the playoffs.  In case you missed his prediction last week, he was almost perfect.  Mount Si won 52-7 and Ben predicted a 49-7 Mount Si victory.  Today’s game is in Snohomish at Veterans Stadium at 7:30PM.  For more information visit the  Mount Si Football website.

Overview

The Mount Si football team is one of just 16 3A schools left in the state, and the race for the state championship is becoming more intense. The #2 Wildcats take on #6 Glacier Peak Grizzlies this Friday, looking to continue one of the best seasons in school history.

Last Friday Mount Si embarrassed Auburn Mountainview High School 52-7. It was just like any other Mount Si game this season, with backups coming in at the end and videogame-like stats from Nick Mitchell, Trent Riley and others to go along with it.

But Glacier Peak is a very tough team, coming in with an identical record like Mount Si of 9-1. Located in Snohomish, they won the WesCo 3A title, and their only defeat was a 41-14 dismantling at the hands of Bothell. They have three wins vs. teams in the state playoffs this year, and one loss to a playoff team (Bothell). They won their first game in the playoffs 28-0 over Seattle Prep.

A new school, Glacier Peak has quickly become a force in the WesCo conference. This game is a rematch from the 2010 playoffs. That game came down to an overtime thriller, which Mount Si was able to win. Some of the older players for the Grizzlies certainly remember that game, and revenge will be on their mind.

Prediction

This will be a tougher contest for Mount Si than they are accustomed to. When you really look through the rosters of both schools, they appear similar. Glacier Peak has a good offense, led by Senior quarterback Chris Becerra, and they can get into some high scoring affairs.

But when you look at stats, the teams begin to separate, and Mount Si comes out ahead. The Glacier Peak defense has been known to give up quite a few points to opponents all season, and their defensive unit is allowing 18.8 points per game. Mount Si’s defense, on the other hand, has only given up 4.5 points per game this season.

Against the four playoff teams Glacier Peak has played this year, all of them were able to score at least 31 points. Two of them were able to pass 40 points. The exception is Seattle Prep, but they are 5-5, and have not been known to put up any threat offensively this year.

In the end, Mount Si has an offense that can rip this Glacier Peak defense to shreds like we have seen other teams do this season. The Wildcat defense is very strong, unlike any defense Glacier Peak has seen this year. Many look at this game as being close due to the records, but Mount Si’s record truly shows their talent level. Glacier Peak has overachieved in a weaker conference. When they did play a KingCo opponent in 6-4 Bothell, they were embarrassed. Mount Si should run away with this one.

Prediction: Mount Si 42 Glacier Peak 17

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