The Wolves punched their ticket to the dance with a 28-21 win over Skyline on Friday.
“Pretty cool and it’ll be a big, big game,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said moments after learning the outcome on the east side. “Our kids are up for the challenge.”
Falcon Branden Shrout broke the seal on Friday with a 2-yard blast and Connor Zaback knocked in a 32-yard field goal to give Woodinville a 10-0 first quarter lead. Back-to-back strikes from Arrivey to Adkins pushed it to 24-zip at halftime.
Though the Roughriders rushed for 219 yards — an eyebrow-raising stat — they were kept out of the end zone by a defense led by Jack Sturgeon’s eight solo tackles — and four assists. Sawyer Whalen bagged another sack, his sixth of the season.
“The defense showed up again, like it has all year,” Maxwell said.
The big question now is who shows up on Thursday.
Eastlake is led by 6-foot, 185-pound senior running back Ryan Lewis, who leads all KingCo with 1,236 yards on 112 carries — over 10 yards a pop — and has scored 19 touchdowns. Against Skyline he was 22 for 198 with three scores. Legit.
Their senior quarterback doesn’t throw it much — and not very accurately when he does at less than 50 percent with six picks versus seven touchdowns. But he can run it: seven yards a pop and 10 touchdowns.
When he does hoist it up, his go-to guy averages 20 yards per catch; the free safety cannot fall asleep on him.
Need more numbers to chew on till Thursday?
The tale of the tape tells you Eastlake has scored 329 points and yielded 87. Woodinville’s tallied 300 and permitted 45: Push.
Common opponents? The Wolves beat Roosevelt 41-20, Redmond 43-0. The Falcons whitewashed the ‘Riders 31-zip, and mauled the Mustangs 55-7 (55-zip at the half): Push.
Eastlake has beaten Newport (who beat Bothell), Issaquah and Skyline.
Woodinville has beaten Mount Si, Bothell and Inglemoor: Edge to the Eastsiders.
But the Eastsiders have a long bus ride from Sammammish to Pop Keeney on a funky prime-time Thursday to take on an equally unbeaten high school football team playing at its house in front of its fans: Forget that edge.
Hey, maybe Eastlake is all that. But if there’s a stronger, deeper squad from top to bottom than this Woodinville group, a senior-driven crew that has no apparent weakness and always shows up for work, this reporter — not typically a homer — has yet to see them.
My call? I’m sticking with the Baumans, the Hollisters, the McKees, all those guys. Bring the hard hats and lunch pails and load up the box.
And, yo, Schwend, my man: Show me the money.