Every year there’s a Falcon whose intensity radiates from the field. Two years ago it was defensive end Jake Kim. Last year, it was defensive end Jake Baillie.
This year’s entry is defensive tackle Dylan Lewis. The 6’3” 230-pound senior exudes ferocity. He constantly collapses the pocket and engulfs ball carriers. Through seven games, he has 3.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
“He has just been a menace in the backfield for opponents,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “Teams have to double team because they can’t block him. Even if he’s not making the play, he’s doing something to disrupt the blocking scheme.”
Lewis grew up in Woodinville and loved watching the Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. His favorite player was the recently retired linebacker James Harrison.
When Lewis was a freshman, he looked up to Woodinville linebacker Dylan Axelson. The following year, he mentored under Jake Kim.
Last year, Lewis played a prominent role in leading the Falcons all the way to the State championship game. “I was really close to the guys on the d-line,” Lewis said. “It helped me be successful because we were best friends and always hanging out and always learning.”
Falcon running back Joey Johnson recalled practices from last year.
“When I was playing scout team running the ball, Dylan would hit you pretty hard,” Johnson said. “It was his job to do it. But after he’d hit you good, he’d help you up to your feet... I’d say he’s one of the most dominant d-lineman out here.”
Interest from colleges is on the upswing. The University of Hawaii just offered Lewis a scholarship.
“I’m surprised he doesn’t have a lot more [offers] than he does, Coach Maxwell said. “He’s a grinder, he’s tough. His physical presence, he plays with it, he practices with it. It raises the level of everyone else.”
Lewis said he feels increased calmness and mental clarity this season.
“I went through a lot of camps this off season to get better,” he said. “And lifted twice a day and ate as much as I could. Every day I thought about how I could get better. Every time I go into a game I know that no one has prepared as much as I have. No one has worked as hard as I have. So it has given me a new sense of confidence this year.”
His final regular season home game as a Falcon will be this Friday versus North Creek. Lewis was asked his thoughts.
“I’m just going to keep grinding and working as hard as I can,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll keep winning games and win the State championship this year.”