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Falcons bounce back to vanquish Vikings

  • Written by Derek Johnson, Sports Writer

FootballPhoto by Deb Stemmerman. Woodinville wide receiver Drew Accimus (left) fends off a tackler as he gains yardage during Friday night’s game at Pop Keeney Stadium.One week after a disappointing loss at Newport, the Woodinville Falcons returned home to Pop Keeney Stadium last Friday evening to blank Inglemoor 30-0. Powered by a stout defense, the Falcons limited the Vikings to 39 total yards and only 5 first downs. In so doing, they recorded their second shutout in three weeks, after beating Mariner 42-0 on September 13th.

"We feel pretty proud the way our defense performed," Woodinville head coach Wayne Maxwell said. "We took a lot of pride coming out here tonight and taking on Coach (DJ) Baddeley, our old offensive coordinator. Really, if you look at the first half, we had three dead ball penalties that gave them first downs. It’s more about cleaning that stuff up. But our kids were getting up and going a great job."

On offense, Falcon running back Wyatt Smith was a workhorse, racking up 172 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 33 carries. Perhaps surprisingly, many of his yards came from running up the middle, between the tackles.

"Actually we planned to run to the outside," Smith said. "We knew coming into the game that their backers were a little late scraping to the edge and I guess they watched some game film and fixed it up, so we had to change our game plan from there."

"Inglemoor made some adjustments in their defensive front," coach Maxwell explained. "They had their two d-tackles wide over the guards and were cranking the perimeters plays. So we had to make some adjustments as far as the run game."

Smith had so many carries largely due to a first half shoulder injury to teammate Alek Kacmarcik.

As of this writing, the severity of the injury isn’t known.

After taking a 10-0 halftime lead, Woodinville struck quickly to open the third quarter.

On the first play from scrimmage, Falcon defensive lineman Cole Stemmerman pounced on a fumble that ultimately led to another touchdown drive.

"We were running a trick play, a slant on the defense," Stemmerman said. "I came through on a stunt. The quarterback dropped the ball on a hand off to the running back, and I fell on it. I should have picked it up and run with it. But my initial move was to fall on it."

As the third quarter transitioned to the fourth, Woodinville’s lead steadily mounted until it was 30-0. Running backs Brad Roland and John Ross each added touchdowns, and receivers Tommy Wick and Chad Zaback took turns recording beautiful catches in traffic.

But Woodinville’s steady heartbeat came from Wyatt Smith. The diminutive back showed grit and determination running up the middle. And on the several occasions he broke long runs, his flashy new spin moves gave tacklers fits.

"I’ve emulated Barry Sanders and Reggie Bush a little bit," Smith said. "I started dong (spin moves) this year — a lot of help from the running back coach, Coach Baker. Getting down that spin. He does a great job teaching us those moves and helping us get to the second level (of the defense)."

Now with a 3-1 record overall and 1-0 in Kingco league play, Woodinville travels to Monroe October 4th to take on the Bobcats. 

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