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Mercer Island offense powers past Lake Washington | Prep football

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Mercer Island's Matt Orehek tries to pull free of the Lake Washington defense during the Islanders win over the Kangs on Friday, Sept. 14.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter

In their first KingCo game of the season, Mercer Island’s offense helped the team power past Lake Washington to a 42-13 win.

"Defensively and offensively we executed pretty well," said Islanders head coach Brett Ogata. "Defensively, I don't think we gave up a first down until the second quarter sometime. Offensively, I thought we did a pretty good job of running the ball and making some good plays."

The Islanders, now 2-1 this season and 1-0 in KingCo action, started the evening with a quick touchdown from Risley Lesko after about a minute of play. It was followed by another Lesko visit to the endzone, this time a 27-yard run to score with 6:23 left to play in the first. Peter Mahony was the next to score, this time on a 5-yard run with 20 seconds on the clock, giving Mercer Island a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Going into the second quarter, Mahony was quick to add his second touchdown of the night, scoring off a 8-yard run to make it 28-0. Lesko followed Mahony’s performance with his third touchdown of the night, making it 35-0 for the Islanders going into halftime.

Lake Washington kicked a few things into gear in the second half, making notable improvements and gaining traction on the field. The Kangs were helped by a slew of flags against the Islanders in the third quarter, eventually creeping up to the 4-yard line and after a stalled first attempt, scored on a short run by quarterback Shawn Gray as time ran out in the third quarter. The score was 35-7.

After regaining possession in the fourth quarter, the Islanders progressed to 10-yard line and Lesko made his fourth touchdown of the night, a 12-yard run with 11:13 left in the game. The score was 42-7 for the Islanders.

Flags continued to rain down in the final minutes of the game, which Islanders head coach Brett Ogata attributed to losing focus as the game wore on for both teams.

"Both sides kind of losing a little focus and losing some discipline. Sometimes that's what happens with young boys and our goal is to limit that," said Ogata. "The positives we came out ready to go at the beginning, but I think again the goal is to try to play four quarters of football and it didn't happen tonight. We were a different team in the second half than we were in the first half. Our goal is to come and stay focused and to play four quarters." Seventeen flags during the game accounted for 133 lost yards for the Islanders, while Lake Washington lost 72 yards on seven penalties.

Penalties and opportunities for Lake Washington put the Kangs in scoring position part way through the fourth and with 9:16 left to play, the Kangs Riley Simonson hit the mark with a 3-yard run, upping the score to 42-13.

Overall, Ogata said following the game, the offensive line deserved a ton of credit for making it possible for the receivers to hit their marks and score.

"Risley has a pretty good game. He had four touchdowns and then Peter had two," said the coach. "Our running game did a pretty good job, and those guys get a lot of credit, but the other five guys up front deserve credit. They made holes and did a great job they had some big hits up there. Connor Juneau-Wild on one of the touchdowns had a great block. They deserve a lot of credit and they don't always get it."

The offensive line was responsible for helping Mercer Island to 446 yards during the game, with 238 yards rushing and 208 yards passing.

The Islanders will return to Islander Stadium next Friday, Sept. 21 to take on Sammamish High School. Lake Washington will travel to Bellevue next Friday. Both games have 7 p.m. start times.

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