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Falcons soar in home opener

  • Written by Derek Johnson, Sports Writer

WHS FootballPhoto by Deb Stemmerman. Quarterback Will Jack hands off to running back Wyatt Smith during Woodinville’s big win over Mariner last Friday night. Wyatt Smith rushed for 85 yards and 2 TDs and Drew Accimus caught 2 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, as Woodinville routed Mariner 42-0 at Pop Keeney Stadium September 13th.

Woodinville’s swarming defense dominated at the point of attack, limiting Mariner to a mere 35 total yards.

Offensively, the Falcons lit up the September evening with six touchdowns, as starting quarterback Will Jack completed 7 of 10 passes for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns.

"We knew how to pick apart their defense," Jack said. "We played them last year and did well with their defense. That’s what we worked on all week, and we came out and took care of business."

"I think our execution, running the ball and throwing the ball, was very good," Woodinville head coach Wayne Maxwell said. "We got in our own way with the two snap exchanges and the one fumble on a long run ...  But overall we did well tonight."

The Falcon that stood out most, at least in the two quarters that he played, was senior running back Wyatt Smith.

His juking ability and the strong desire with which he runs, is a dynamic this season that opponents will dread.

"He’s a special player, he’s a big time talent," Maxwell said. "He’s small and short, but he’s a lot more powerful than people think. You hit him and he doesn’t go down. He’s got good balance and [is] a lot harder to tackle than a lot of people think."

With Woodinville amassing a 35-0 halftime lead, Maxwell pulled many starters and allowed some backups to play.

This included sophomore quarterback Nick Fouch, he threw his first career pass — and completed it to Tommy Wick for a 32-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Woodinville vs. MarinerPhoto by Derek Johnson. Wearing camouflage jerseys as a tribute to the military, the Woodinville Falcons run onto the field for their home opener Sept 13th. "We called a hitch seam combo," Fouch said. "We saw the backer staying inside and knew we had him one-on-one. So I just did my best option. There’s not a lot of words that I can use to describe (the moment).

"It was such an amazing feeling that I know I will never get back. It was just so much fun to be out there with my guys. I’ve got to hand it to the first stringers to get such a big lead so we could go out there and play."

Woodinville (2-0) now travels to Newport next week to take on the Knights.

"I haven’t watched film, but I know they have some good returning football players," Maxwell said. "They’re a good physical team; they’re going to run the ball at you. They’ve got a good returning running back, fullback and tight ends."

Falcon quarterback Will Jack was more forthright.

"Ever since last year we’ve had a chip on our shoulder," he said. "They beat us pretty bad at home. We’re going to have a great week of practice and come out and win."

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