FNL: Mercer Island/Mt. Si (Thursday Edition)

Mercer Island was 3-2 heading into last night's clash with Mt. Si and they needed a big game from QB Jeff Lindquist to get a win over a ranked Wildcat program that liked to pound the ball on the ground. The Islanders got behind their leader and routed their Kingco 3A foe to the tune of 42-14 and Dawgman.com's Scott Eklund was there and shares his thoughts on how some of the top prospects looked...

Here is the Seattle Times' write-up from the game.

This game was over early as Lindquist and the Islanders were nearly unstoppable early on and poured it on as the game progressed.

Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian was in the house to watch Lindquist and the senior signal-caller didn't disappoint, going 15 of 25 passes for 228 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while he rushed for approximately 40 more yards and two more scores.

Lindquist showed why he was such a coveted player so early in the process, showing good mobility and an accurate arm...at least most of the time.

One of his interceptions came early in the game where he had a ball go through his receiver's hands and right into the hands of a Mt. Si defender.

The wideout slipped or tripped coming out of his break, but the catch was made tougher because Lindquist threw the ball a bit high -- he did have an edge defender rushing at him -- and so that was the reason for the pick.

His other interception was just a bad decision where he threw into double-coverage.

Lindquist did go seven of seven in the second half and managed the game well. His two rushing touchdowns came from relatively close in, but he showed outstanding mobility and the toughness to lower his shoulder to get the score.

WR Nicky Sinclair, appearing to be fully recovered from an ACL tear suffered late last season, is a big target with sure hands. He had five receptions for 64 yards and the two touchdowns and appears to be Lindquist's favorite target again.

On Mt. Si, of course the first young man I wanted to get a look at was junior K Cameron Vanwinkle.

Vanwinkle handled all of the kicking duties for the Wildcats and, let's just say, his future is place-kicking, not punting.

Every kickoff went deep into the endzone and he attempted a 57-yarder as the first half expired that was about two-yards short, so the kid obviously has a very strong leg.

Mercer Island also has a good kicker of their own in Alex Wood and he is someone to remember as either a preferred walk-on candidate or even a late scholarship guy.

Wood gets great height on his kickoffs and almost always put them into the endzone -- the one or two times he didn't it appeared the Islander coaches called for a shorter kick.

He is also effortless when he kicks and he gets them up quickly vs. the rush, so no one even came close to blocking a kick.

Mt. Si OL/DL Josh Mitchell, an Oregon State commit, looked good, but with the way Mercer Island swarmed on defense, the entire Wildcat offensive line struggled to create holes for RB Connor Deutsch, although the senior did end up with 118 yards on 23 carries, but most of that was later in the game.

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