Mount Si almost did it again.
One week after the ninth-ranked Wildcats upset Glacier Peak in the preliminary round, 21-20 in overtime, they had the lead and the football with less than two minutes to play.
In its first state playoff game on the school’s home turf, Mount Si (6-5) had the crowd support and the momentum, but Chandler Jenkins got in the way.
Liberty’s senior running back/defensive back returned an interception 30 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
The 20-17 win was another moment in what has been two years of dramatic comebacks for the Patriots.
Last year, Liberty rallied to beat O’Dea in the first round, 38-35. The Patriots trailed by 18 points in the third quarter. Here’s the story.
Then, in the state semifinals, Liberty needed a last-second field goal to beat Lakes, 17-14. Here’s the story.
The Patriots have won so many close games, whenever they fall behind it seems like a matter of when, not if, they will rally.
Friday night was no exception. However, things don’t get any easier in the quarterfinals with a rematch with top-ranked Bellevue.
The Wolverines beat the Patriots, 23-20, a few weeks ago to end the regular season.
Here is a look at the rest of Friday night’s action, including Bothell’s 49-14 win over Kentwood, which is pictured above.
Bothell 49, Kentwood 14
Skyline 34, Rogers 7
Bellevue 58, Timberline 14
O’Dea 31, Ferndale 10
Curtis 21, Eastlake 14
Lakes 49, Meadowdale 21
— Lakes running back Levonte Littlejohn finished with 19 carries for 295 yards and three touchdowns.
King’s 35, Montesano 20
— King’s quarterback Thomas Vincent had 29 carries for 270 yards and four touchdowns. He was also 5 of 7 for 42 yards a touchdown and an interception.
Mark Morris 38, Foster 24
— Foster quarterback Aaron Rodriguez completed 10 of 20 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Tuifua Tausinga had six catches for 190 yards and a touchdown.
Interlake 47, Port Angeles 26
— Interlake running back Jordan Todd scored his 21st touchdown in four games, rushing for 214 yards. Quarterback Matt Malos threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns.