On a night when it seemed all the Woodinville stars were aligned, Brett Arrivey shined the brightest.
The senior quarterback, a three-year starter, went 11-for-18 through the air including a 48-yard touchdown bomb to Kyle Adkins and ran it 10 times for 47 tough yards as the Falcons turned away “top-ranked”
Eastlake 17-14 at Pop Keeney Stadium Thursday to capture the KingCo 4A title and remain undefeated at 9-0.
Woodinville did not turn the ball over while Eastlake gave it up four times, including interceptions on its last three, last-gasp drives.
The Falcons never trailed in the contest, and the QB was a difference- maker.
Woodinville received the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards on 13 plays, highlighted by a 25-yard Arrivey keeper on third-and-10 that set a tone, and capped by an 8-yard touchdown run by Alec Schwend.
After the Falcon defense stuffed the Wolves for consecutive three-and- outs, Arrivey hit Adkins in stride on a perfectly thrown home run ball — like it dropped from the sky — to make it 14-0.
Aided by a questionable helmet-to-helmet call on Beau Vintertun at midfield, Eastlake responded quickly to make it 14-7.
But right before the half Woodinville went on a 16-play, 72-yard drive — including a critical 4th-and-three where Arrivey found Colter Clinch on a rollout to move the chains — that ended with Conner Zaback drilling a field goal right down the can to put the Falcons up 17-7 and serve notice to the Eastlake faithful that the green team came to play.
The Wolves dug in like you knew they would: They took the second half kickoff and pieced together a 10-play drive to take it down for a 2nd- and-goal from the four yard line.
Though feature back Ryan Lewis had been largely invisible, a touchdown seemed inevitable and he would surely handle the rock — and he did.
But like a lightning strike, Falcon linebacker Jack Sturgeon put a hat on his handle as Trey Fornelius struck from the other side and Lewis coughed it up. Jake Hollister — who had a monster game on both sides of scrimmage — recovered the fumble on the Woodinville 3-yard line in the game’s most significant play.
(It should go down in Falcon football lore as “The Fumble.”) Neither team scored in the third quarter and it remained 17-7 with 12 minutes to play.
Eastlake quarterback Keegan Kemp, running and throwing with abandon, rallied his troops as the Wolves closed on a short TD pass to make it 17-14 with nine minutes remaining — a major momentum swing for Eastlake and a gut check.
But when they got the ball back they got greedy, throwing it deep on first down — not the QB’s strong suit — and it was picked off by Caleb Hamilton.
On its next set of downs, in hurry-up mode with four minutes left, Hamilton snagged another interception on a jump ball in center field:
And on its next set of downs with 2:30 remaining ... tick, tick, tick ... Fornelius flashed in front of the intended receiver on a fourth down pass for another steal that sealed the deal.
The better team won.
Said Andrew Stoneberg, the underrated lineman with the bushy beard: “We wanted it more.”
Said Arrivey, the captain: “We just let it rip and played football.”
Woodinville takes on the winner of Tuesday’s Kentridge/Curtis game on Saturday at the Pop, as the trek to Tacoma begins.