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Mercer Island upends Sammamish | Prep football
In a game that included nine touchdowns and four fumble recoveries, the Mercer Island football team advanced to a 3-1 record on Friday, Sept. 21, beating Sammamish at home 63-0.
Senior quarterback Alec Bean earned the first start of his career with Mercer Island, leading off the game by assisting for a touchdown, the first of many points of the evening.
"They did great. Alec Bean has been a kid who has worked really hard for us for four years and I thought it was a good opportunity for him to get to play a little bit and get the start," said head coach Brett Ogata. "I thought he needs to get at least one varsity start. I was really proud of how he played tonight."
As a team, the Islanders netted 597 yards, 350 from rushing.. Mercer Island broke the school record for points in a game, upping the previous high of 56 in the 2004 game against Interalek. The team also broke the record for margin of victory which was previously 48 points in a 1992 game against Sammamish.
Peter Mahony scored just two minutes later after the Islanders defense kept Sammamish from advancing far. Zack Bucklin hit the mark with 5:48 left in the first off a pass from quarterback Brian Higgins, pushing the score to 20-0.
After the first of what would become four fumble recoveries for the Islanders with 4:43 left in the first, Bucklin scored his second of the night. Running back Devlin Conway, a junior, followed suit with 2:58 left in the first and it ended with the Islanders leading 35-0.
"It's something we're constantly working on," said Ogata of recovering fumbles and forcing turnovers. "I keep preaching that we need to get more turnovers and that's a big stat in games and tonight with all the turnovers it was a lopsided score because of that."
Just 16 seconds into the second quarter, Mercer Island’s Mahony made a 67-yard touchdown run, upping the score to 42-0 with 11:44 left to play in the half. The second Totem fumble of the night game with 2:49 left in the half, and the Islanders began their quest on the 45 yard line. The Islanders attempted a field goal as time ran out in the half, but the ball was tipped and didn’t reach the posts. The score was 42-0 at halftime.
During the break the school honored it’s five new Mercer Island High School Hall of Fame inductees. The five included: Chris Bailey, Duke Biggers, Trevor Fulp, Kelsey Ingram and Greg Mahony.
Back on the field after halftime and the clock running because of the 42-point rule, Mercer Island hit the mark again with 6:13 left in the third when Risley Lesko ran it in and was tackled in the corner. The score was 49-0.
Lesko scored his second of the night with 1:25 left in the third, this time on a longer run for a 56-0 lead for Mercer Island. Mercer Island didn’t score again until Bean, back in the game at quarterback, ran the ball into the zone to give the team its final points of the night.
While Ogata was happy with the way the team played against the Totems, but said there is still work to be done.
"We played a great game but we need to get moving forward, but I'm not satisfied and what I keep telling the kids is that we have a goal and the goal is to get to the state playoffs and winning a game like this is a nice step but there is a lot more football in front of us," said the coach.
This week the Islanders will host Interlake, a team that is 1-3 this season. The Saints lost to Issaquah, beat Redmond and then lost to both Liberty and Mount Si.
"We're getting closer," said Ogata of the team playing a full four quarters each Friday night. "Every week we're getting better. These are young kids and it's a process and we're getting better."
The game against Interlake will begin at 7 p.m. at Islander Stadium.