Woodinville mashes Monroe at the Pop

  • Written by Don Mann
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Staff photo/Don Mann
Sixteen penalties — 10 in the first half alone — took a little starch out of the homecoming celebration and extended the evening, but nevertheless the Woodinville Falcons shut out Monroe 21-0 Friday at Pop Keeney Stadium in a midseason non-conference affair.

Had they behaved themselves better, this one might’ve been 45-zip or more. But a shutout is a shutout and the Falcons are now 4-1, flying high into the second half of the season.

“It’s our first shutout and it’s great to get back to our shutout ways,” senior co-captain Parker Moore said. “Last year we had a bunch. But, yeah, defense played awesome tonight … We felt like we were really prepared coming out here and everyone just did their job.”

It took Woodinville only three minutes to score on its first possession, driving 62 yards on eight plays — including two major jaunts by quarterback Caleb Hamilton — before Niko Llera cashed it in from three yards out.

They would score again on their next possession, despite five offensive penalties in an excruciating 14-play drive, up some, back some, but ultimately capped by a short zip pass from Hamilton to Trey Fornelius at the pylon from 2 yards out to make it 14-0.

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Just before the half, with a 14-0 Woodinville lead, Ian Biddle intercepts a critical pass in the ballgame, aided by Parker Moore. Staff photo/Don Mann
Monroe’s best threat was then snuffed by an Ian Biddle interception — Bearcat repellant — and it was a two touchdown game at the break.

After Moore picked off a weak Monroe pass on the second play of the second half, the Falcon toga party was on.

Hamilton, after another big run on a broken play, fired a 30-yard touchdown strike to Alek Kacmarcik to make it 21-0.

After another Conner Zaback kickoff touchback, the Bearcats got desperate with a bomb on first-and-10 from their own 20, not their strong suit and a terrible throw.

It was intercepted easily by free safety Will Jack, a pitch-and-catch to the wrong team, Katie-bar-the-door, with another quarter to play.

Then Woodinville got in the way of itself with more penalties, before putting it away.

“I’m gonna dread counting up our penalty yards in this game,” coach Wayne Maxwell said. “We definitely have to clean that up. Two touchdowns called back because of holding is very frustrating.”

The penalty yard count was 152, precisely the same as Monroe’s rushing and passing yards combined.

In effect, the Falcons allowed the Bearcats to double-down.

Hamilton, the difference maker, was 17 for 26 for 209 and three TDs.

Niko Llera officially ran it 19 times for 96 yards, though the understudy had two real long ones called back. He might’ve run for 200 yards and three TDs in a perfect world.

Kacmarcik, Drew Accimus and John Villasenor had four big catches apiece, as Woodinville moved the chains all night before getting flagged time and again.

Colter Clinch was a monster on defense with seven solo tackles including two sacks, and linebacker Cole Bonvallet had a stellar game.

Said Moore: “There were a lot of flags … don’t really know what that’s about but we gotta clean that up because we’re gonna see some really good competition starting with Eastlake next week.”

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