BOTHELL — Powered by nearly 400 yards rushing, the Woodinville Falcons beat up on North Creek 41-7 last Thursday night at Pop Keeney Stadium.
The Falcons (7-1) were led by senior tailback Joey Johnson, who rushed for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns. Woodinville’s offensive line dominated as the Falcons averaged nearly 10 yards a carry.
“It was impressive,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “The offensive line made some big holes. Big plays by Cage [Schenck] tonight. Blake [Glessner] did some great things, with a nice interception. On the D-line, Jack Beresford was lights out, made some great plays. Carter Smith had a great sideline catch. Lots of good things happening tonight.”
The Falcons wasted no time in taking the lead. On the game’s second play from scrimmage, Johnson took a handoff and ran through a Grand Canyon-sized hole to race untouched 35 yards for the score.
Later in the first quarter, quarterback Noah Stifle hit Cage Schenck on a 35-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.
Woodinville built a 24-7 halftime lead, thanks to the overwhelming rushing attack. Johnson added another score when he sliced through the left side for a 24-yard touchdown scamper.
As the offense returned to the sideline, assistant coach Mike Monan was there to greet everyone with high-fives. Monan pounded Stifle on the shoulder pads and shouted “WAY TO HAND OFF! THAT’S YOUR BEST SERIES YET!”, before turning to wink at a nearby reporter.
Stifle opened up the second half by hitting Schenck again for a 52-yard touchdown pass. On Woodinville’s next possession, Johnson added his third score with a 13-yard rumble into pay dirt. The Falcons led 38-7 and went into cruise control the rest of the way.
Stifle finished the night with 180 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Jack Diskin had 5 catches for 62 yards, and John Neo Zapanta added 21 yards on 4 carries. On defense, Carter Laccinole and Jimmy Lanctot each had a tackle for loss. Josh Spencer, Blake Glessner and Morgan Holliday each had an interception.
When the game was over, Coach Maxwell felt good about his team’s frame of mind.
“Our guys are locked into the season and are working hard every day,” he said. “They’re focused on getting better and making a run in the playoffs.”
Stifle cited the stunning loss to Bothell on Oct. 11 as a helpful motivator.
“I think that Bothell game really woke us up a little bit,” Stifle said. “We needed something like that because we were overconfident. That game brought us down to earth a bit. Now we’re making ourselves really push each other even harder at practice and in the weight room... Our coaches are emphasizing that the little things matter.”
Teammate Blake Glessner agreed.
“Like last year when we lost to Mount Si, after that, it was a whole new team,” Glessner said. “We got some playoff momentum from that. You never want to [ideally] get your momentum like that, but it did help us realize what we did wrong and what we needed to do to get better.”
Woodinville will play Skyline in a crossover game this Friday at Pop Keeney Stadium. From this point on, any loss will bring the season to an end.
“It’s crazy that we’re already seniors,” Glessner said. “Senior Night was last week. It’s unreal, you can’t take any game for granted because each game could be your last day.”