Mount Si blows past Kennedy Catholic, 38-7, in quarterfinals
Junior quarterback Nick Mitchell had five touchdowns, while the Wildcat defense forced five Lancer turnovers.
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SNOQUALMIE — The rematch was a repeat, and that was a relief for Mount Si.
The second-ranked Wildcats beat Kennedy Catholic for the second time this season, this time 38-7 in the 3A state quarterfinals.
Mount Si now can only hope there is not another repeat in the semifinals when they play Bellevue. Earlier this season, Bellevue beat Mount Si 49-10.
Junior quarterback Nick Mitchell stole the show in this one, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another, but he was quick to credit the Mount Si defense, which caused five Kennedy Catholic turnovers.
"Our defense has been creating turnovers all season," Mitchell said. "Our defense has been our best offense, getting us the ball in good field position."
Coach Charlie Kinnune said Mount Si football goes back to 1946, but he had no trouble knowing where to rank year's team, now 11-1.
"This is the best team in school history," Kinnune said. "There's no doubt about it."
Turnovers were the story of the first half, and it wasn't good reading for Kennedy Catholic, which lost 30-0 to Mount Si in the season opener and finishes 9-2.
The Lancers lost two of three fumbles and threw an interception, and each of the miscues cost them points as Mount Si built a 21-7 lead at halftime.
Tyler Button intercepted a pass on Kennedy Catholic's first possession and Mitchell took over. The junior quarterback completed four straight passes, the last a 26-yard touchdown to Trevor Daniels, a JV player not even listed on the Mount Si roster.
Mitchell added a 2-yard touchdown run after Mount Si recovered a fumble.
Kennedy Catholic came back with a 10-yard touchdown run by Drew Thompson, but the Lancers' third turnover in the half led to an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell to Button to make it 21-7 at the half. Griffin Mclain and Jimbo Davis added TD catches in the second half, and Cameron Van Winkle punctuated the win with a 45-yard field goal.
Mitchell completed 19 of 29 passes for 228 yards.