There would be no frantic finish or gripping drama in this latest edition of the Woodinville-Newport series. Like all other games preceding it this year, this Woodinville game had all the suspense of an Adam Sandler movie.
Matt Jones ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns, Quinn Schreyer had eight tackles and a sack, as No. 2 Woodinville rolled to a 40-0 blowout of Newport last Friday night in Bellevue.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 7-0 overall (6-0 in Kingco 4A).
“I thought it was a great team win,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “All phases of the game, guys were dialed in. They are enjoying the season and embracing the process. Another solid week of practice and it showed on the field.”
One thing that marked a difference this week was the quick start on offense. On the game’s opening drive, Woodinville needed only 88 seconds to score, thanks to a Matt Jones three yard run off tackle.
“I’m proud of how we came out fast on offense tonight,” Maxwell said. “Guys did a great job executing and moving the ball, making big plays.”
The points came in bunches. Noah Stifle caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. Brett Accimus scurried 22 yards for a score. Blake Glessner drilled a 38 yard field goal. Jaden Sheffey hit Nash Fouch for a 13 yard touchdown. Woodinville led 31-0 at halftime.
One telling moment came when Newport recovered a fumble at the Woodinville 40 yard line. It was one of the few times the Newport home crowd had reason to cheer. But over the next four plays, the Knights managed a mere 2 yards against the stingy Falcon defense. The scoring threat quietly expired and the ball was turned over on downs.
“It’s just a credit to being disciplined, right?” Maxwell said. “[Newport runs] option football, they try to get you not doing your job and then capitalize on your mistakes to make plays. And our guys did a nice job being disciplined and being fitted up right and making big plays.”
In the final analysis, Newport was held to 135 total yards and was just 1-for-12 on third down conversions. Meanwhile, Woodinville rushed for 236 yards, thanks largely to a dominant performance from the offensive line.
“They’re playing really well,” Falcon offensive line coach Mike Monan said. “There is still a bit more fine-tuning we got to do. But their pad level is getting down there and they’re really starting to [get things done].”
“It’s amazing,” Woodinville lineman Kenny Kim said. “We’re one unit, those other four guys next to me, we’re family, we’re all brothers. We love to fight with each other.”
One other uplifting moment was the return of Andy Lau. The senior linebacker missed the first six games from an off-season leg injury.
“Definitely fun to have Andy Lau back out there tonight,” Maxwell said. “That was probably the highlight. Shoot, just having him back on the field. The guys love him because he works so hard. Great work ethic and a tough kid.”
Next up on the docket is a trip to the Sammamish Plateau to play Skyline this Friday. The Spartans are 5-2 after their 45-21 win over Puyallup last week. And who can forget the last year’s game– when Woodinville beat Skyline in triple overtime?
“We’re excited,” Maxwell said. “Anytime you play them, it doesn’t matter what’s on the line, it’s going to be a fun time. It won’t be hard for our guys to get up for this game. Because I think Skyline will be hungry after what happened last year.”
“I’m excited for this game,” Woodinville’s Quinn Schreyer said. “We’re just ready to go in there. To keep playing how we’re playing.”