Previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in Washington: No. 3 Mount Si Wildcats

SBLive Washington is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in the state. Here’s an inside look at the Mount Si Wildcats of the 4A KingCo – No. 3 in our countdown.

2019 IN REVIEW

10-3 (second place in 4A KingCo Crest); lost to Camas in 4A semifinals.

COACH’S RESUMÉ

  • Charlie Kinnune, 29th season.
  • Overall record: 169-117.
  • Coordinators (base scheme): Offense – Josh Mitchell (spread). Defense – Wayne Lewis (multiple).

NOTABLE DEPARTURES

WR/DB Colby Botten

WR Brayden Holt

OL/DL Gale Kamp

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 8. Defense – 8.

TOP PLAYERS

DL Carson Clay, 6-3, 215, jr.

WR Kevin Corder, 5-9, 180, sr.

LB Caleb Dalgleish, 5-10, 215, sr.

DB Stuart DeMerit, 6-0, 170, sr.

DL/TE Andrew Edson, 6-3, 235, sr.

LB Daniel Harrison, 5-11, 200, sr.

OL Cooper McQuay, 6-2, 210, sr.

QB Clay Millen, 6-3, 190, sr.

RB/DB Cole Norah, 5-11, 195, sr.

PK/P Colby Ramsey, 5-9, 170, sr.

WR Zach Soliday, 5-11, 170, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Andrew Edson, defensive end

Tireless motor eventually wears opposing linemen down – and his heavy-handed blows don’t feel good, either

Clay Millen, quarterback

Produced one of the best debut seasons in recent memory (3,145 passing yards, 34 TD, 1 INT).

Cole Norah, running back

Pick your poison – if defenses choose to drop back and play pass coverage, this Washington State signee could see high volume.

2021 OUTLOOK

Back in Pop Warner football days, this large group of class-of-2021 standouts had dreams of winning a Class 4A state title together.

Last season, the Wildcats came close – winning road playoff games at Chiawana and Lake Stevens before seeing their run end in the state semifinals against the eventual 4A winner.

Now in 2020-21, 16 of the 22 starters from the 4A semifinal loss against Camas are back and will stick this pandemic-impacted season out, knowing that if there were state playoffs, they likely would have been as good a bet as anybody to win it all.

Nevada signee Clay Mllen is a wunderkind of physicality at quarterback. Even after taking heavy shots – he usually is the one that delivers the game’s biggest blow with a highlight play nobody saw coming. His arm is big-time. And his feel around the pocket continues to be vastly underrated.

“We want to get rid of the ball a little bit earlier,” Mount Si coach Charlie Kinnune said. “But his overall competitiveness and desire to extend plays – you don’t want to take that away, either.”

Top pass-catching target Aidan Dougherty, an Oregon State baseball commit, suffered a labrum tear in his shoulder, and will miss this shortened season. But Millen will have Kevin Corder and Zach Soliday, fantastic route-runners with great hands, leading the way. And watch out for WSU signee Andrew Edson, who flashes great play-making ability at tight end, and should be featured more.

And Norah – who missed half his junior season recovering from a serious knee injury – is fully healthy, and will see the bulk of the backfield carries, and might end up as the team’s top returner as well. Kinnune said the offense might feature more two-back looks during the four-game tilt.

“Our ability to score in bunches should be good,” Kinnune said.

Edson and Carson Clay are bookend pass rushers who are backfield disruptors. The corps of linebackers is deep and experienced, led by Caleb Dalgleish and Daniel Harrison. And Norah’s presence will be huge for a secondary missing Dougherty at strong safety.

“Now more than ever, experience matters,” Kinnune said. “And we are going to weigh on that experience.”

COVID-19 IMPACT

“It’s been VERY difficult. There’s been a 5,000 square foot weight room sitting empty of players.” – Charlie Kinnune

2020-21 SCHEDULE – MOUNT SI WILDCATS

  • March 12 at Bellevue
  • March 20 at Issaquah
  • March 27 vs. Skyline
  • April 2 vs. Bellevue

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