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MIHS Football Falls to Juanita in Homecoming Game

Photo by Brooks Kahsai

The MIHS Football team fell 38-6 to the Juanita Ravens in a one-sided affair during the 2021 Homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 15.

This loss changes their overall win-loss record to 1-3 in the 3A KingCo division, and 3-4 overall.

“[The game] was rough,” senior Nick Chatalas said. “We couldn’t get together the team and figure it out, I don’t know, I’m kinda shocked right now. I don’t understand what happened.”

Through the first quarter of the game, the teams were pretty evenly matched, trading time in each other’s halves. However, a good throw from the Ravens put the Islanders down 7-0 six minutes into the second quarter. 

The rest of the quarter remained fairly tame, until another good throw put Juanita up 14-0 with a minute and a half left, and an interception by Garrett Rogan on the one-yard line a minute later prevented another Juanita touchdown. 

While the third quarter carried little excitement for the Ravens, the Islanders managed to get tantalizingly close to Juanita’s endzone, even spending a few minutes there before Juanita eventually worked the ball out. In the fourth quarter, however, the tables turned. 

A field goal with a little under halfway to go in the fourth quarter led to Juanita going up 17-0, and a touchdown pass from a blocked punt led to Juanita going up 24-0 just a minute later. 

Another Juanita touchdown off an Islander’s fumble led to the Islanders going down 31-0, and a running touchdown with two and a half minutes that put Juanita up 38-0 only succeeded in knocking spirits down further.

Even a last-minute Islanders touchdown failed to soften the loss, and the game finished an unfortunate 38-6. 

 “[As] a team, we just need to come together and actually work,” Chatalas said. “As a team, we just need to figure our [stuff] out right now.”

Although the game didn’t go quite the way that Mercer Island fans and players alike had hoped for, a performance from the MIHS Marching Band during halftime offered a welcome distraction. The band performed a few songs in their normal repertoire, along with some songs from the movie Shrek, to celebrate this year’s Homecoming theme of “Once Upon a Time.” 

The Islanders will hope to even out their overall win-loss record against Lake Washington Friday, Oct. 26 during their penultimate game of the season.

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Jordan Balousek (she/her) is the Managing Editor for the MIHS Islander, and she is in her third year of journalism. Outside of school, she enjoys playing soccer, watching baseball and hockey, working at Arena Sports, reading and hanging out with her friends. She is also a very big fan of multitasking and chocolate ice cream.

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    Ben MurawskiMay 24, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Don’t forget that the band ALSO played my #1 favorite Star Wars song: “The Imperial March: Darth Vader’s Theme,” too.

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    Ben MurawskiMar 22, 2022 at 11:33 am

    I was literally at that game, and both of my stepbrothers were performing at halftime of that same game.

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    Kyle GerstelJan 6, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    I appreciate your incorporation of the band’s performance—it helped capture the spirit of the event rather than just the game itself.