After starting its season with two impressive road victories, the Woodinville football team laid an egg at home Friday against Newport on “Salute to Military Night, “ getting knifed by the Knights 42-10 at Pop Keeney Stadium.
It’s been a long time since the Falcons took that kind of beating anywhere.
It was 21-0 after one quarter, 28-3 at the half, and it got no better after that.
Isaac Dotson — remember the name — had plenty to do with it. The 6-foot-3-inch, 215 pound quarterback ran it early and often, posting 203 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns. He threw the football only 11 times, but completed five of his attempts, three to tight end Drew Sample for wide open scores.
“There’s a reason he’s a D-1 guy headed to Nevada and tonight he showed why,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “He’s 215 pounds who knows what he’s doing and makes the right checks. He’s tough.”
So was Woodinville’s start, going three-and-out on its first two possessions while Newport cashed in touchdowns after extended drives on its first two sets of downs to make it 14-zip right from jump street.
On the first play of its next possession, Woodinville tailback Wyatt Smith fumbled and the Knights recovered on the Falcon 38.
One play later Dotson, the big horse, ran it left on a keeper — to the barn to make it 21-0 with 17 ticks remaining on the first quarter clock.
Woodinville finally pieced together a positive drive, getting it down to the Newport 3-yard line with a first-and-goal. But a run up the gut was snuffed, a pass into the end zone was long and then a young lineman was called for a false start. On third-and-goal from the 8, a razzle-dazzle reverse went nowhere.
Conner Zaback then put the home team on the board with a short field goal to make it 21-3 with five minutes left.
But Newport rallied and scored again with 1:23 remaining to push it to 28-3, a killer for the Falcs, a mountain too high to climb even after Caleb Hamilton found John Villasenor down the middle for a 40-yard touchdown strike with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter to make it 28-10.
That was the closest Woodinville would cut it, as Newport struck twice more and the Falcons would lose by 32 points, a smackdown.
Maxwell was asked what he said to his team. “It’s just important … that first loss … that they understand the situation that a lot of things went wrong across the board. And there’s no finger-pointing, you know, no talking behind somebody’s back. We all realize we all did this together and remain a family as a unit and that we’ll get better than this.”
It was suggested that playing without injured Alec Kacmarcik and Niko Llera, who was sick and missed chunks of practice — two of the team’s three top offensive backs — put them behind the proverbial eight-ball.
“No excuses at all,” Maxwell said. “We’ve got kids who can run the ball. Our guys up front didn’t get it done tonight. On the defensive side of the ball we’ve got to do a better job. We got pushed around and they made plays early and they finished it off so we’ve got to get better there. That’s obvious.”
Newport, as a team, ran it 52 times for a whopping 378 yards.Woodinville ran it 23 times for 67.
The Falcons (2-1) play crosstown rival Inglemoor (which lost at Tumwater 31-28 Friday to fall to 0-3) at the Pop this Friday.
Bothell, meanwhile, lost 27-11 at Capital to fall to 0-3. The Cougars host Eastlake at the Pop on Saturday as KingCo play begins.