After a lopsided season of easy victories, the Falcons thought they’d found the team to meet them, fire with fire. And the first quarter against Skyline proved a slugfest. But then a Miles Mustarde “Pick 6” opened the floodgates for the Falcons en route to a 38-20 win. And for the second year in a row, the Woodinville Falcons (8-0) captured the Kingco 4A Championship.
“I’m just feeling a lot of excitement and love for my brothers,” Woodinville defensive end Jake Baillie said. “We were looking forward to this game all year. We love playing them and they’re a great team. But we just came out and played our kind of football.”
Woodinville established dominance in the second quarter and took a 24-7 lead into halftime. Running back Brett Accimus scored on a 14 yard touchdown run. Quarterback Jaden Sheffey scored on a 13 yard touchdown run. And kicker Blake Glessner drilled a 28-yard field goal with one second left before the half.
But what got the Falcons on track in the first quarter was the Miles Mustarde’s 55-yard interception for a touchdown. As he scampered into the end zone, his teammates seemed extra jacked that he was the one who did it.
“The joke at practice is that I have no hands,” Mustarde said. “So when I got the interception it was `oh wow, he caught it!’”
Mustarde wasn’t the only one on defense to earn respect on this night. Skyline’s pass-happy offense carries with it a heavy reputation. But Woodinville’s Dark Side Defense continued its suffocating play. And this was all the more impressive given that starting cornerback Seth Pregler was out with the flu – and Wyatt Lane suddenly found himself as the proverbial next man up.
“Wyatt made his first start ever,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “He was filling the shoes of someone who has been rock solid all year. He stepped up and did a great job.”
Woodinville expanded its lead to 31-7 in third quarter on a Matt Jones 1 yard touchdown plunge. Skyline would rally for two touchdowns to pull to within 31-20 with 3:00 left in the fourth quarter.
But on 3rd down and 8 yards to go, Falcon quarterback Jaden Sheffey broke free for an electrifying 65-yard touchdown run down the right sideline. The Woodinville players erupted with joy. One could almost hear the drawl of former sportscaster Keith Jackson: “... and that sound you heard was of the door slamming shut!”
Standing near midfield after the game, with television reporters waiting to speak with him, Coach Maxwell looked relieved and elated.
“We were very excited coming into this,” he said. “Skyline is a well-coached team and they play hard. We knew we would get their best. Good respectful rivalry we have with them. This is the first game we’ve had this year where we finished four quarters with our starters. That was fun being able to do that.”
Many other Falcons shone brightly. Quarterback Jaden Sheffey was strong and formidable in the pocket – the best he’s ever looked. Nash Fouch had seven catches for 68 yards. Quinn Schreyer had six tackles and 3 quarterback sacks. Also recording sacks were Dylan Lewis, Jake Baillie, Ben Pryor and Myles Walker.
Walker’s great play in particular was heartening. The stout defensive lineman had missed much of the season with a leg injury.
“It was fun having Myles back,” Maxwell said. “We’ve got some pretty good kids up front. To add one more guy in there makes us pretty tough up front Those guys are causing havoc and doing their thing.”
One regular season game remains against North Creek (1-7). And then the Kingco Champs will enter the post season with their sights set on reaching the Tacoma Dome. Right now it’s all blue skies and a far horizon.
And it was a happy bunch of kids that boarded the team busses bound for Woodinville.
“We sing so many songs on the return bus rides,” Woodinville’s Bradley Green said. “Our main one is The Gambler. After we’ve been on the road for about five minutes, one person starts it off singing it loud, and the rest of us tag along from there. Especially after tonight, it’s going to be loud and proud.”