The late Washington coach Don James always said the biggest spike of improvement for good teams comes between the first and second games of the season.
Last Friday night the Woodinville Falcons proved that maxim true. A week after being shut out by Mount Si, the Falcons traveled to the Kiggins Bowl in Vancouver, and beat Skyview 28-16 in nonconference play.
Dr. Aaron Keith of Woodinville won a gold medal at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, S.C. last month. Keith defended his title in the men’s C2 time trial, gapping his closest competitor by more than 26 seconds. “It was an amazing effort by the staff and supporters of the U.S. Team,” Keith wrote in an email. “As the host nation, we were able to have more athletes racing than any other country. For me, I was the only U.S. male athlete that was attempting to defend a world title, so I felt a huge amount of pressure. Much of the pressure I placed upon myself due to the fact that I wanted to win in my home country, and also since I had much of my family there watching I did not want to let them down. There was also pressure from the fact that I had raced many of the C2 men in Italy in May, and I was defeated badly in the Time Trial event there.”
On a gorgeous summer evening in the Snoqualmie Valley, the Woodinville Falcons opened their new season with a tough 21-0 loss to the Mount Si Wildcats.
“It’s all about opportunities, right?” asked Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell. “When it was time to sway the game one way or another, they made all those plays when the opportunity came, and we didn’t. That was the difference.” With junior quarterback Nick Fouch making his first career start for Woodinville, it stood to reason the Falcons might struggle on offense against a physical team like Mount Si.