The Mercer Island football team lost to Mount Si during homecoming on Friday night. The final score was 38-7.
Mount Si handily controlled the game in the first half, holding Mercer Island from crossing the halfway mark on the field until the second quarter.
Mercer Island started with the ball, but a fumble recovered by the Wildcats turned into the first touchdown of the night with 11:50 on the clock.
Starting on the 20 yard line, Mount Si held Mercer Island from gaining ground, forcing the Islanders to punt. With 10:28 left in the first, Mount Si hit the mark for the second time, leading 14-0.
Mercer Island regained the ball with 7:28 left in the quarter, but fumbled it on the 16-yard line, which Mount Si turned into a touchdown on the next play.
Mercer Island made progress in their final possessions of the quarter, but couldn't make enough progress to get into the end zone. The quarter ended with the Wildcats leading 21-0.
Mercer Island recovered a Mount Si fumble early in the second quarter, but couldn't convert third down and Mount Si took over at the 21. Moving quickly down field, Mount Si scored with 4:44 left in the half. The Wildcats led 28-0.
Mount Si would go on to score once more in the half, on a quick run with 3:15 left on the clock for a 31-0 lead. The team attempted a field goal from the 29 yard line, but Cameron Van Winkle’s kick bounced off the bottom bar.
After the break, Mercer Island found renewed strength on the field, forcing Mount Si to punt and taking over on the 41 yard line. The Islander put together a solid drive, ending with Matt Orehek scoring the team’s first and only touchdown of the night. The Islanders trailed 31-7.
Mount Si scored the final points of the night with 1:17 left in the third quarter to lead 38-7.
Next Friday, Oct. 26, Mercer Island will host Bellevue in the final game of the regular season. The Wolverines, undefeated this season, lead KingCo with a 7-0 record this season.
Friday’s game is also the annual All Island Band Night, featuring bands from the Island middle and elementary schools.