Mercer Island football: Butterfingers lead to 14-6 loss to Interlake

The Nestlé company may think about suing the Mercer Island High School football team. The Islanders infringed on the company’s trademarked Butterfingers candy bar with seven turnovers on Friday when they lost at Interlake High School, 14-8.

Islander James Suh returns a first half interception 63 yards at Interlake High School

Islander James Suh returns a first half interception 63 yards at Interlake High School

The Nestlé company may think about suing the Mercer Island High School football team. The Islanders infringed on the company’s trademarked Butterfingers candy bar with seven turnovers on Friday when they lost at Interlake High School, 14-8.

“Seven turnovers and we only lose by eight points — that is a crying shame,” said Islander coach John Williams. “We need to do ball-handling drills until they can do them in their sleep.”

Mercer Island had just two turnovers during the first half and subsequently held the lead at halftime, 6-0. The Islanders earned the lead when quarterback Sam Bliss followed his offensive line into the end zone. The extra point was blocked by Interlake.

“Our offensive line played well and the defense played well, but our back field has to hold onto the ball,” said Williams.

The Saints had problems with turnovers during the first half, as Mercer Island sophomore James Suh picked off an Interlake pass deep in enemy territory, running the ball back 63 yards. But Mercer Island had a chance for a second first half touchdown until a fumble on the Interlake goal line ended the threat.

The Islanders again had a chance to take a two-score lead when Erik Swedstedt got the team’s second interception of the game, returning the ball to the Interlake 43-yard line. Six plays later, Mercer Island would miss a 48-yard field goal.

The ensuing 13-play, 80-yard drive would result in the Saints taking the lead 7-6 on a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Mercer Island’s offense fell apart during the final 18 minutes of the game with five fumbles, four recovered by Interlake.

Despite being on the field during most of the second half of the game, the Islander defense gave up only one more touchdown, a 20-yard pass play, keeping the team in the game. The stiff play of the defense included a four-play stand with their backs up against the goal line, giving the Islanders one last chance to tie the game. Two complete passes gave the Islander faithful a little bit of hope. But the second pass was fumbled and recovered by a Saints’ player, effectively ending the game. Mercer Island’s six fumbles and two interceptions are the most for one game in at least the past decade.

The Islanders will have to recover fast as they will host the No. 1 3A team in the state, rival Bellevue, at 7 p.m. on Friday.


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