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Falcons rip Wolves at their place

  • Written by Don Mann
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Niko Llera , who would run for 121 yards, looks to head to the hills behind Sean Wille (63). Staff photo/Don Mann
New team, new identity.

This may have been the game where this new Woodinville team finally shed the shadow of last year’s team and became its own.

Because if nobody’s paying attention, Woodinville is now 5-1 and still gelling.

Forget the hiccup against Isaac Dotson and Newport. That was their wake up call.

Since then the Falcons have been dynamite in all three phases of the game; despite injuries they continue to produce.

On Friday at Eastlake, they spotted the Wolves 8 points after a funky interception on the third play of the game. And then they reeled off 30 straight points over the next 30 minutes en route to a 30-15 victory.

It seems these guys like riding the bus together, as they’re a convincing 3-0 on the road.

It went like this over the next 30 minutes after Eastlake’s first salvo: 6-yard TD run by Alek Kacmarcik; 54-yard TD pass to John Villasenor; Niko Llera 32-yard TD run; Conner Zaback 30-yard field goal; and then a Kacmarcik pick-six in the flat in critical Wolf time that went to the house.

Their house, over and out.

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Woodinville cornerback Nolan Menen, left, takes down an Eastlake runner after Will Jack (No.6, bottom right) trips him up. Staff photo/Don Mann
The hometown black-out crowd headed to their cars, quietly hanging their collective heads at home, with their helmets and hinds handed to them by the team in green.

Niko Llera ran it 15 times for 121 yards, some really tough yards.

Moreover, Woodinville committed only three penalties, after being flagged 16 times the week before.

Falcon head man Wayne Maxwell was asked what he liked best on the night.

“I liked our focus,” he said. “You know, it’s an hour’s drive coming out here …Sometimes coming up to the plateau for some reason in the past … we’ve had some slow starts here. So we were really on our kids about focus and getting off to a fast start with a high intensity level. I thought our kids did that.

“They scored early after that (early) turnover to get some energy but it didn’t change our mentality. We stayed focused, competed, and took over control of the game…And that was it.”

Said Llera, asked about his sudden success: “From where I started this season and where I am now … there’s no comparison. I thank my coaches who believed in me, my O-line who make it all happen … It took a while but I’m starting to believe I’m becoming the back I’m supposed to be. And it feels great.”

He said it with a beautiful smile.

Woodinville travels to Redmond on Friday.

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