And no Falcon applied a bigger whipping stick than Cody Bauman, who returned an interception — his first of two — for a 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter and scored again on a fumble recovery from 36 yards out in the third.
Not a bad night for a kid playing a new position, moving from corner to strong safety to accentuate his tackling skills.
“Oh, man, it was a blast out there,” said the senior blaster, who was in the right place at the right time all night. “Coaches have been telling me what to do and I’ve been working hard ... our whole team’s been working really hard. Our D ... we always want to come in to get the goose egg — and we got one tonight.”
Woodinville, receiving the opening kickoff, scored on its first possession as Alec Schwend capped a 13-play drive with a 2-yard TD plunge, keyed by receptions from John Villasenor — one for 10 yards and another for 30.
Monroe moved the ball on its first possession in front of its raucous crowd but could not convert: A fake field goal on 4th down--a surprise run — was snuffed out by Devin McKee and Trey Fornelius and Woodinville took over as Monroe’s crowd chilled.
The Falcons scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, and two more in the third, to gain an overwhelming 35-zip lead that would stand up. And their defense locked down the Bearcats, to extend its shutout streak to its last six quarters of football.
“We’re athletic and we can run,” coach Wayne Maxwell said. “Our kids just fly to the ball and they know that. We do it at practice every day and it’s been translating to the game.”
Bauman’s second tally came after a smashing hit by Sawyer Whalen, and he gobbled up the loose ball in stride, shedding a tackler on his way to the end zone.
“We do the scoop-and-score drill every day in practice,” he said, “and it just went perfectly.”
Linebacker Branden Shrout also had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Schwend ran it only 13 times for 67 yards, but scored two TDs and made a highlight reel interception in the back of the end zone — ripping an apparent touchdown catch away from his man.
Beau Vintertun caught five passes for 121 yards, including a key 4th down 39-yarder that led to Woodinville’s 21-0 lead right before the half, before he gathered in a 4-yarder over the middle in the end zone for a touchdown.
Said Vintertun: “That 4th down play, Kyle (Adkins) gave me a good block and I worked it back and got it down to the four (yard line). Gotta give the credit to the O-line. Without them, nothing’s possible. No one on this team cares what the stats are ... we’re all working together and we’re a real team this year ... We’re all one.”
Senior co-captain Jake Hollister, a good soldier and a leader on both sides of the line, was asked about the team’s early success: “We’re just really hungry at practice every day. It’s definitely been a good season so far and it’s been fun. I expect big things from here on out.”
Woodinville (2-0) has outscored its two opponents 66-10.
They host Redmond in their home opener at Pop Keeney Stadium this Friday. The Mustangs (0-2) have allowed a combined 87 points in losses to Juanita and Lake Washington.