BOTHELL — This game played out how everyone expected. The No. 2 ranked Woodinville Falcons built up a quick 21-0 lead and then cruised to a 49-7 win over the visiting Redmond Mustangs last Friday at Pop Keeney Stadium.
“We got it done out there tonight,” Woodinville wide receiver Jack Diskin said. “It’s a good team win.”
With the win, Woodinville improved its record to 1-0 in the Kingco Crown Division, and 5-0 overall. Redmond fell to 0-2, 1-4.
In the previous game against Mount Si, Woodinville waited until the final minute to score. Such was not the case this time as the Falcons struck on their first play from scrimmage when quarterback Noah Stifle wound up and fired a 71-yard bomb to Diskin.
“It was a deep route, Noah threw it up, and I knew I had to do my job,” Diskin said. “I got the ball, saw Cage [Schenck] coming up, and he did a hell of a job blocking for me. I’m not sure I would have gotten in had it not been for his block. I was excited, everyone was excited, I heard all the cheering.”
Woodinville outgained Redmond 364-133 on the night.
“Making plays in all three phases in the game,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “Explosive plays on offense, getting into the backfield and taking the ball away, and special teams with Blake [Glessner] kicking the ball, coverage teams, and of course The Green Hornet striking again.”
Cage Schenck, aka “The Green Hornet,” made his eminent presence felt as usual. In the second quarter, he leaped high in the end zone to snare a beautiful touchdown pass from Noah Stifle. In the third quarter, he administered the coup de grace, when he fielded a punt and ran serpentine through the Redmond defense for a 52-yard touchdown.
For his part, Stifle completed 8 passes for 204 yards and with touchdown passes to four different receivers. One of those was a 25-yard strike to Morgan Holliday, who also had an electrifying 38-yard punt return.
“That was great to see,” Maxwell said. “Morgan has had a nice year where he’s getting his confidence. Getting in there and doing some things, because as you can see he’s a pretty explosive player.”
Defensively, the Falcons tallied seven tackles for loss. Eric Kim and Jack Beresford each registered a quarterback sack.
Up next for Woodinville is the annual knock-down-drag-out battle with Bothell. The Cougars acquitted themselves well last week, in their 41-7 win over Skyline in a regionally televised game. Bothell enters this week with a 3-2 record.
“We’ll be looking forward to playing our rival,” Maxwell said. “It’s one of the best sporting events in our area, at the high school level. So it’s going to be a fun week of practice and lively night at The Pop next Friday.”
“Every year, I’ve always looked forward to playing in this game,” Diskin said. “In my high school career, we are 3-0 against them. I want to keep that going and give it everything I’ve got.”