|Falcons usher in October with big win over Monroe|
|Written by Derek Johnson, Sports Writer|
|Monday, 07 October 2013 09:27|
October is traditionally the time for fall harvest. And as Woodinville’s win at Monroe attests, it’s been either feast or famine for the Falcons this season — very little drama with lopsided scores abounding. Friday night’s 35-0 win over the Bearcats improved Woodinville’s overall record to 4-1 and is already their third shutout win of 2013. To wit: In their lone loss to Newport, Woodinville was outscored 40-9. In their other four games, the Falcons have outscored their opponents 149-7. Friday night was no different as Woodinville built a 28-0 halftime lead in workmanlike fashion. Running back Wyatt Smith wasn’t flashy, but grinded his way to 85 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Will Jack completed 12 of 20 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. And wide receivers Drew Accimus and Tommy Wick used their size advantage to combine for 11 catches.
"We knew from watching film they would press a lot," Accimus said. "So we knew we had the size advantage with both me and Tommy Wick. We knew we could execute throwing the ball downfield and it worked out well tonight."
But according to Woodinville’s head football coach Wayne Maxwell, the game plan originally didn’t call for throwing vertically downfield.
"We had our opportunities as far as lining up," he said. "We like our two outside guys and they were giving us the outside seams there. So we’ll take it if that’s what they’re going to give us.
"Last week (vs. Inglemoor) we had a lot of the intermediate stuff," Maxwell said. "So tonight they were rolling up their coverage underneath and taking that away, so we had our opportunities to take shots. That’s what you got to do when people roll their coverage underneath. That’s when they’re going to be exposed. Will did a nice job getting it to Tommy and Drew, and Zaback had a couple (receptions) as well."
Defensively, it was another fine effort for the Falcons. The key, according to Maxwell, was neutralizing Monroe’s strong-armed quarterback Andrew Zimmerman.
"He’s a pretty good high school quarterback and can do some things to beat you," Maxwell said. "One of our strengths is that our secondary holds up well against the pass. We focused on what we do and knew that he would be the guy that would have to do well to beat us. We made sure to fit up in our pursuit if he got out of the pocket. But he never had that opportunity because our d-line did a great job of keeping him bottled up."
Overall, Maxwell was pleased.
"We kept our guys healthy and got the W tonight," he said.
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