Islanders wrap up post season spot with win over Totems | Prep football

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Mercer Island's Sam Gottlieb (31) looks for an open route as Sammamish's Paco Jacinto closes in from behind during the Islanders 45-6 win over the Totems last Friday.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter

For the first time since 2000 the Mercer Island football program will be making a post season appearance, after wrapping up their ticket last Friday night.

The Islanders clinched a place in the post season after beating Sammamish 45-6 during the annual homecoming game.

The Islanders took an early lead with the first touchdown of the night by quarterback Jeff Lindquist on a 59-yard run with 10:35 on the clock in the first quarter. It was followed by another Islander touchdown, this time with quarterback Jeff Lindquist throwing a 32-yard pass to Connor Bernal with 6:47 left in the first to end the first quarter with a 14-0 score.

In the second quarter, after starting close to the end zone, the Islanders drove it in, this time on a quick pass from Lindquist to Brent Tsang for a 21-0 game.

After holding Sammamish to four quick downs, the Islanders regained the ball and scored again, this time with the combination of Lindquist and Nicky Sinclair connecting on a 13-yard pass for the points.

Alex Wood kicked a field goal with just 21.9 seconds left in the second, to end the half with a 31-0 score.

After All Island Band Night at half time, which included performances from the elementary and middle school bands, as well as the high school, Mercer Island got back into the action with another touchdown. With 9:42 in the third, Blake Johnson scored his first points of the season after a 34-yard run, making it 38-0 for the Islanders.

"Jeff came out and really set the table as the quarterback. In the first half, the offensive line they just dominated and pushed the ball. It was really a team effort. The defense did a great job, they did a nice job. It's hard to pinpoint one person, but Blake Johnson on the defensive side," said head coach Brett Ogata of the team's leaders on the field. Besides the touchdown, Johnson had five tackles during the game.

The next Islander to make it into the endzone was Eric Stefanchik, off a 24-yard pass by junior quarterback Brian Higgins with 1:56 left in the third for a 45-0 score.

Sammamish made it's end zone debut of the night with 6:04 left in the game when James Adams caught a 13-yard pass from Austin Lee, to make the final points of the night.

Despite earning the first trip to the post season in a decade, Ogata won't let the team look too far ahead.

"We're really just trying to focus on getting better for the next week," he said. "We'll get to that game when we get to that game, but right now we have to worry about Lake Washington. Here our goal at Mercer Island is just to get better every week. That's our goal, no matter who we're playing, it's to get better."

The team recorded 429 yards during the game, and have a season total of 306 points, closing in on the school's record of 326 points set back in 1998.

Mercer Island will travel to Lake Washington on Oct. 28 for the final game of the regular season. If the Islanders finish as the No. 2 team in KingCo they will take on the No. 1 team from the Northwest Conference the following weekend.


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