Falcons beat Vikings by 20

  • Written by Don Mann
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Niko Llera, here following Trey Fornelius, ran for 101 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. Staff photo/Don Mann
Woodinville quarterback Caleb Hamilton hit Alek Kacmarcik for a 54-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to set a tone, and finished his night with 257 yards passing on a 17-of-25 performance as the Falcons turned back Inglemoor 34-14 Friday at Pop Keeney Stadium.

Woodinville is now 3-1. The Vikings are 0-4.

Inglemoor actually led 8-7 after one quarter, the result of a safety on a high snap into the end zone and a 1-yard Nick Russell touchdown plunge.

But Woodinville scored 20 unanswered second quarter points — a 66-yard scamper to the house by Hamilton, a funky floater to a wide open Kacmarcik from 25 and a 1-yarder by Niko Llera to make it 27-8 at the half.

Llera, who sat last week after an illness, would finish with 101 yards on 16 carries — all the more necessary after feature back Wyatt Smith was helped off the field early with an ankle injury and did not return.

After a scoreless third quarter, Inglemoor pieced together a 13-play drive to close the gap to 27-14 with 11 minutes remaining and breathe life into the home Viking crowd.

Its defense delivered a three-and-out and Jake Jones sprung for a 25-yard gain to get it to midfield, looking to do more business.

But on third-and-8 a Viking pass was intercepted by Will Jack and returned deep into Inglemoor territory.

Llera scored again three plays later — following blockers in textbook fashion — to put the game on ice.

“We had a great week of practice and the mindset was about us getting better,” Falcon coach Wayne

Maxwell said. “Our focus was good. In our previous two wins there were some good things happening but we were not crisp, not sharp, as far as execution.

“And it showed obviously when we played Newport — it showed in a big way. You do the things we did, you’re gonna get beat. So the focus this week wasn’t so much on Inglemoor but about us and our mental approach, getting back to fundamentals rep by rep and it showed.”

Maxwell then handed out the propers.

“Niko had a big game for us and we needed it with Wyatt going down. He’s a good athlete — the kid can run — and he’s still putting it together. The offensive line gets a lot of good credit tonight, too.

“Alec Ege stepped in for Matt Dodge at guard and did a real nice job. And obviously the play of Caleb Hamilton. He’s just a difference maker.”

Woodinville hosts Monroe on homecoming Friday at the Pop.

Inglemoor travels to Eastlake.

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