Just another day at the office for still-unbeaten Woodinville.
No drama, no suspense and no surprises — though coach Wayne Maxwell wasn’t real pleased with eight Falcon penalties that yielded chunks of yardage and led to Curtis early points during the Falcons’ 56-17 shellacking of the Vikings under chilly skies at Pop Keeney on Saturday.
Woodinville (10-0) will host Bethel (8-2), who survived against Bothell at home the night before, at the Pop this Saturday.
The Falcons’ Devin McKee, featured early in the offense as Alec Schwend was given the night off to rest a sore heel, rushed for 127 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns.
The senior found the end zone on runs of 1, 38 and 51 yards and always went back to work on defense.
He was asked about what made the difference in the ball game. “Just coming out fired up,” he said. “ We’ve done a great job all year at that but we wanted to come out tonight and make sure we set the tempo.”
And that they did, as Kyle Adkins galloped on an inside screen for a 22-yard score 90 seconds into the contest to put the Falcons on the board.
Curtis, off a 15-play drive, knocked in a field goal to make it 7-3.
But on its next drive, Woodinville quarterback Brett Arrivey rumbled up the middle for a 21-yard keep that led to McKee’s first score to make it 14-3.
An interception by Caleb Hamilton on the very next play after kickoff led to a touchdown strike to John Villasenor — a great grab — and the Falcons were off to the races as the first quarter ended 21-3.
Each team scored twice in the second quarter — penalties on both sides — and at halftime Woodinville led 35-17 in what seemed like a possible shootout.
But Curtis would not score again as Hamilton snagged two more picks on 3rd-and-long situations in center field, returning one for 50 yards early in the third quarter to make it 49-17 as the Falcons sent in the second stringers, and then the threes.
Woodinville ran it for 242 yards on the night, and stifled Curtis up front to the tune of 20 yards on 32 carries — a staggering stat and a pretty good recipe for winning a playoff ball game.
Sawyer Whalen had seven solo tackles and Cody Bauman had six, but the entire defense was relentless, as they’ve been all year.
Said Maxwell, postgame: “Our kids are hungry; guys are ready to go. We played last Thursday and it seemed like a long time ago. We started fast offensively. We were clicking and didn’t punt it until late in the game.”
And what about his defense? “We did a nice job up front — like we’ve been doing all year — and got some takeaways like we’ve been doing all year ... We had some undisciplined penalties that extended their drives and obviously those are things we need to clean up.”
And what about McKee, who was Saturday night’s major difference-maker?
“He’s just a tough football player,” the coach said. “We know that we can rely on him.”
Said McKee, perhaps the most unsung player on the squad and not one to seek the spotlight, when asked about how much fun he was having this season. He took a moment to compose his thoughts.
“I’m having so much fun. I love every single one of these guys and playing with them is a privilege,” he said, straight up. “I wouldn’t change a moment of this year for anything else.”
And then he said “Thank you.”