Mercer Island Reporter


Big play gives Islanders the edge

Mercer Island Reporter Staff
September 30, 2013 · 2:30 PM

Islander Patrick Nielson blocks a punt, picks up the ball and runs in to score against the Sammamish Totems on Friday, Sept. 27. / Carrie Bell/Contributed Photo

At halftime, the outcome of the football game between the Islanders and the Sammamish High School Totems last Friday evening, Sept. 27, was far from certain.

The score at the half was Mercer Island, 16, and Sammamish, 12, with the Totems coming on strong, scoring twice in the second quarter. But a single play early in the second half turned the tide for the away team.

Jackson Caputo, an Islander sophomore, caught a perfectly thrown 45-yard pass from wide receiver George Pallis and ran in for a score on the Sammamish home field.

The Mercer Island crowd erupted in joy and the Islanders never looked back, winning the game 52 to 19.

The play was designed and formulated by Mark Caputo, who participated as a guest coach for the play of the night.

Each year the MIHS Football Booster Club holds an auction for one participant to call one play during a game. Mark Caputo won the opportunity to call this particular play.

It was an unusual play calling for perfect timing, positioning and teamwork.

The ball was snapped to quarterback Alfonso Gonzalez, then handed off to running back Devlin Conway. Conway then slipped the ball off to wide receiver George Pallis, who threw the ball to Caputo for the 53-yard touchdown play.

Also in the third quarter, Islander Patrick Nielson blocked a punt, recovered the ball and ran in for another six points.

The Islanders scored 35 points in the third quarter.

Below, Islander sophomore Jackson Caputo receives a 45-yard pass from wide receiver, George Pallis, to score on an 8-yard run into the end zone.


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