Reporters put away their notebooks, thinking of headlines. Starters took a well-deserved breather. Third-stringers played big second half minutes under bright lights.
It became that kind of night. On the Falcon side of Pop Keeney Stadium it felt like a block party, a jovial meet-and-greet affair with handshakes, hugs and wisecracks.
Said one fan: “I went to a varsity game and a JV game broke out.”
Redmond fumbled away its very first offensive snap — with a little help from Sawyer Whalen — and two plays later Brett Arrivey found Beau Vintertun for a 13-yard score after only 50 ticks of the clock. Then it went like this: Devin McKee one-yard TD run. Sophomore Alek Kacmarcik turned a 10-yard down-and-out into a 74-yard pitch-and-catch touchdown, his first reception of the season. Caleb Hamilton did the scoop-and-score drill from 41 yards out to make it 28-zip ... still first quarter ...
TD pass to Trey Fornelius. Back-to-back TD runs from Alec Schwend. And a pick-6 by Vintertun, who scored untouched with 40 seconds remaining to make it 55-zip. Double nickels. First half.
Arrivey went 12-of-14 for 216 and three TDs before handing the keys to the dragster to Hamilton at the break, who went one-for-one.
Nine different Falcons caught passes, though Woodinville didn’t throw one for the last 23 minutes.
Head coach Wayne Maxwell might not need to show the film on this one.
He was asked what he said to Redmond’s coach when they shook hands.
“He’s a good friend of mine and there wasn’t a lot to say.”
But Maxwell was happy to talk about Arrivey, his three-year starting quarterback who was razor-sharp after two so-so performances — despite the wins — where he missed some wide open targets, at times wild high.
“He had it going right away tonight and it was good to see,” Maxwell said. “Brett’s a great kid, smart kid and a great competitor but he knows he hasn’t been competing at a level he’s capable of and wasn’t satisfied. He’d tell you that himself. And that goes for our receivers, too — not competing at the level they’re capable of. We talked about that a lot this week.”
On a night there was a lot to like, Maxwell was asked what he liked the most.
“The team play,” he said. “Playing together. You look out there and it’s not one guy dominating, controlling the game. Guys are stepping up everywhere, on offense and defense, and making plays. It’s a team game — I know coaches like to say that stuff — but our kids have worked for everything they’ve gotten so far. This group really, really works hard every day at practice. Maybe the best practice team I’ve ever had.”
Arrivey, who didn’t play a lick in the second half but led the team in high-fives, was asked how good it felt to be 3-0 heading into league play.
“It’s a great feeling right now,” he said. “A lot of these guys I’ve played with since Little League and we started to put it together in summer camp. We bonded like we never did before and really came together as a team.”
So what’s the best thing about Woodinville football right now?
“Chemistry,” he said without hesitation. “No doubt about it ... So far so good, but we gotta keep it rolling.”
The Falcons host Garfield (1-2) in the KingCo opener on Friday at the Pop.