Falcons bash Bulldogs as season heats up

  • Written by Don Mann
Beau Vintertun, left, and Jack Sturgeon, right, combine for a tackle in Woodinville’s 52-0 win over Garfield. Photo by Don Mann.
One of these weeks the Woodinville Falcons may have to face some adversity, maybe even come from behind — the first time they’ll have to since the Mount Si opener.

But that didn’t happen Friday at Pop Keeney Stadium, where they once again scored early and often en route to a 52-0 romp over the undermanned Garfield Bulldogs.

Look at it this way: Woodinville received the opening kickoff and never had to field another.

Senior Kyle Adkins returned five punts for 148 yards to give the Falcons killer field position all night, and added 86 more on three receptions — including a sensational 21-yarder on a simple pitch-and-catch from Brett Arrivey for a score, bouncing off would-be tacklers like a pinball before lunging to the pylon to make it 38-0 at the half.

Adkins tallied 234 total yards before taking most of the second half off with the rest of the starters.

Senior tailback Alec Schwend ran it 10 times for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Arrivey went 10-17 for 165 and a score, running the first Falcon TD three minutes in from 15 yards out.

Most newsworthy was that sophomore Alek Kacmarcik ran for two first half scores out of the Falcons’ H-back spot — the first for 40 yards and the next for 11 on the same exact play.

“It’s just a simple zone stretch play,” head coach Wayne Maxwell said, “where our guys up front are taking their guys and he’s just finding a hole and going.”

Said the 10th-grader, who replaced injured junior Parker Moore last week to score a big TD against Redmond: “The O-line opened up some massive holes and I just followed. I’m just working as hard as I can.”

Kacmarcik showed some burst on both runs, for a team proud of its early speed.

“He’s a player,” Maxwell said. “Smart kid, physical ... great athlete ... and fast ... he can move.”

On the defensive side seniors Jake Hollister and Jack Sturgeon led the team with five solo tackles apiece — and defensive tackle Hollister got into Garfield’s backfield twice to swing early momentum to snuff third downs — leading to Adkins’ exploits.

In between, Branden Shrout blocked a punt that Caleb Hamilton recovered in the end zone for aTD. Later on Garfield was forced to punt again and the groundball snap got through the kicker’s legs, recovered by Dane Hawkins for another six points to make it 48-0.

Really ugly for the visitors.

Kyle Adkins scores on a pass reception just before the half last Friday against the Garfield Bulldogs. Photo by Don Mann.
Despite that, Coach Maxwell gave some props to the Bulldogs, who took another beating amidst internal coaching and school issues: “You look out there and there’s about 30 guys total,” he said. “They’ve got some good athletes but that’s tough with a lotta guys playing both ways ... a lotta guys not getting much rest.”

Said the coach about his own team: “Obviously we’ve been clicking and it’s great to have teaching moments as far as the little things ... But down the road the game will get tighter, and we’ve got a couple big ones coming up.”

Note: In a twilight doubleheader at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Inglemoor thumped Ballard 33-14 and Bothell shut out Roosevelt 24-zip.Woodinville (4-0,1-0) hosts Ballard (2-2, 0-1) on Thursday at Pop Keeney. On Friday Bothell (2-2,1-0) faces Inglemoor (3-1,1-0) in the so-called Spaghetti Bowl in what should be a donnybrook at the Pop, where 2011 KingCo Crown division fortunes will be determined.

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