It was a nondescript win on a warm night before a subdued crowd. Those were the earmarks of Woodinville’s 24-6 win over Edmonds-Woodway last Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
The road win improved Woodinville’s overall record to 3-0 on the season.
After a couple of emotional wins to start the season, we knew that emotion was going to be a challenge,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “We talked about it. Not waiting for things to happen, but to come out and make it happen ourselves. It just took awhile to get going there for sure. Something we had to play through and it’s definitely a good learning lesson going forward.”
The Falcons led 7-0 at halftime, before coming out and scoring two decisive touchdowns in the third quarter. A big part of that surge was running back Brett Accimus, who rushed for 107 yards and two scores on the night.
“We weren’t running the ball like we wanted to,” Accimus said. “[Edmonds-Woodway] was stacking their linebackers on top of us. We weren’t able to set the edge. The middle was wide open the whole game. We running backs weren’t hitting the hole hard enough. Our running backs coach [Ivan Leander] told us to hit it harder. Me and Wyatt Lane were able to do that in the second half and take different angles and start to carve up the defense.”
Blake Glessner’s 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter capped Woodinville’s scoring.
Overall, it was another fine outing for the Falcon defense. Woodinville held the Warriors to 137 total yards (with 72 yards coming on one play) and 0-for-9 on third down conversions. But an area of concern was penalties, as Woodinville was flagged 9 times for 85 yards.
“We had good things going for us there on defense,” Maxwell said. “But we were getting in our own way on offense as far as some things go. We’ve got to clean some things up going forward. We weren’t executing some things that we’re capable of doing.”
Maxwell was quick to tip his cap to Edmonds-Woodway, a member of the Wesco 3A league.
“Their kids showed good effort and were scrappy, you know? It was a combination of that and our kids were not clicking on all cylinders tonight.”
Maxwell credited Accimus for having a fine game. In addition to his two rushing TDs, the senior also added an interception on defense.
“He’s a very good athlete, and there’s a reason he’s been on both sides of the ball the last two years,” Maxwell said. “The kid can make plays and is a good physical running back. He’s hard to bring down and you can’t bring him down with arm tackles. He can make plays and it was a matter of time to get him enough touches to rack up some yards and make things happen.”
Woodinville returns to Kingco 4A league play next week, when they travel to North Bend to play Mount Si.
University of Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and offensive line coach Scott Huff attended Friday’s game. They were scouting Woodinville offensive tackle Cade Beresford.
Myles Walker, a senior OL/DL, suffered a knee injury in the second half. As of this writing, his status remains unclear. He left the field after the game on crutches, accompanied by assistant coaches and Woodinville athletic director Cathy Boyce.