Under the bright lights of television cameras, the Mercer Island High School Islander football team took to the field under high expectations for a thrilling win against the Juanita Rebels.
The game was chosen out of five games nominated to be televised as the game with the most online votes.
The game also included an appearance of the University of Washington 240-member Husky marching band, which shared the field with the equally large Mercer Island High School marching band.
Midway through the second quarter, the Islanders were up 17-0. The Juanita backup quarterback who started the game suffered a concussion and left the game. The injured starting quarterback was called in and threw for a touchdown. The Islanders came right back with another score just before halftime.
The Islander offense slowed during the second half, allowing the Rebels to begin a run for the win. But there was not enough time.
The final score was the Islanders, 31, and the Rebels, 25.
The Islanders remain tied for first place in the KingCo 3A/2A standings with their victory. With three regular season games remaining, they’ve set themselves up to make a run at a state playoff berth.
Mercer Island High School coach Brett Ogata talks with the Islander football team as the camera rolls. The Islanders beat Juanita, 31-25, on Oct. 11 at Islander Stadium. The football game was selected by online voters to be the televised game of the week.
Leroy Lutu, Jr., center, of the Mercer Island High School class of 2008, was inducted into the MIHS Athletic Hall of Fame at the Oct. 11 football game at Islander Stadium. He was joined by his mother, Molly, left, and his father, Leroy Lutu, Sr. Lutu Jr. excelled in both basketball and football during high school. He went on to play for the University of Hawaii.
The Mercer Island High School marching band queues up in the end zone as it yields to the Huskies band.
The banner announcing the game, as chosen to be televised, hangs on the fence during the game.
Islander quarterback Alfonso Gonzalez throws a long ball. The Islanders withstood a late surge by the Rebels to win the game, 31-25.