Shain’s all-around efforts lead Mount Si’s comeback over Issaquah
Mount Si 28, Issaquah 20
Special to The Seattle Times
ISSAQUAH – There was no question that Beau Shain came ready.
No doubt, Shain brought his ‘A’ game and his Mount Si High School football teammates followed suit with hard-hitting, turnover-inducing defense.
Shain, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior, delivered the game of his life on both sides of the ball as the Wildcats, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, posted a 28-20 comeback victory in the nonleague game Friday at Issaquah High School.
The tight end-outside linebacker had two touchdown catches, an interception and a game-clinching fumble recovery with 1 minute, 41 seconds left.
“That’s the kind of kid we have, and always have had,” said Mount Si coach Charlie Kinnune, whose team was sparked by its defense. “We’re just a blood-and-guts, blue-collar, grind-it-out team. We’ve got good skill kids, but that was a real grinder and it was awesome.
“That team there (Issaquah) is going to win a lot of games.”
Shain’s interception return of 16 yards to the Issaquah 14-yard line came with 3:54 showing, and four plays later quarterback Nick Mitchell raced around left end for 26-yard touchdown on third-and-20. That put Mount Si on top 28-20 after Sean Lowney kicked the PAT with 2:27 left in the game.
“It was just really a gut check, being down at half,” said Shain after his team forced three fumbles and an interception. “We just made adjustments, and came out with a victory. Nothing feels better. This school is probably the closest school to us, and we’re out in the Valley.
“It’s just nice to come to play against a team we used to play in KingCo 3A and beat them on their home field. We really stepped it up on defense in the second half and it was a fun night.”
Down 13-7, the Wildcats (2-0) turned up the defense and finished the final 14:59, outscoring the host Eagles 21-7. Shain hauled in his first touchdown of the game, a 13-yard lob to the left corner of the end zone from Mitchell, to put the Wildcats ahead 14-13 with 2:59 showing in the third quarter.
Mount Si trailed again, this time 20-14, after Issaquah’s speed-burner Derek Chapman returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
But that’s when the Wildcats got tough against the Eagles (1-1). Mount Si registered two sacks with Issaquah driving and Shain collected the interception and fumble recovery inside the final nine minutes.
“That kid should be athlete of the week in any stretch of the imagination,” Kinnune said. “Beau Shain had a monster game. On top of the interception and fumble recovery, he had numerous tackles. He led the league in interceptions last year. The kid’s a man. We needed somebody to rise up like that, and he did it.”
Shain made a nice grab in the back of the end zone, tight-roping the end line for a 1-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell with 9:54 on the clock to give Mount Si a 21-20 lead after Lowney’s PAT split the uprights.
Down 7-0, the Eagles responded with a pair of touchdowns for a 13-7 lead and they took that advantage into halftime.
Jack Gellatly scored both touchdowns, the first coming on an 8-yard burst up the middle with 36 seconds to go in the first quarter. That capped a five-play, 70-yard drive that consumed just 1:13.
Gellatly, who finished with 106 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, went up the middle again for his second score, a 26-yard jaunt on fourth-and-one with 8:45 remaining before halftime.
Issaquah outgained the Wildcats 190 yards to 81 in the first half, but fumbled twice to stall drives.
Mount Si got on the board first on a 10-yard touchdown catch over the middle by Jake Smith. He hauled in the pass from the Oregon State-bound Mitchell with 1:55 showing in the first quarter.
Running back Bailey Takacs led the Wildcats with 84 yards on 22 attempts.
Never mind that it was a nonleague game.
“They all count in the book,” Kinnune said. “We play to win no matter what.”
Issaquah opened the season on the road with a convincing 44-3 victory over Interlake on Sept. 6. The Eagles, who finished 5-5 in 2012, lost a year ago in a 4A round-of-32 state playoff game to Federal Way 24-14.
Issaquah features running back Gellatly, who rushed for 1,543 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012. He had four touchdowns in the season opener.
Mount Si, which seems to play in the shadow of Bellevue in KingCo 3A/2A, beat Kennedy 35-12 at home to kick off the 2013 season on Sept. 6. The Wildcats beat Issaquah 21-0 in Week 2 of the 2012 season, and went on to fall to Bellevue 37-7 in the 3A state semifinals last season.
Mount Si went 11-2 in 2012 with its only two defeats coming against Bellevue.