The stands of Pop Keeney Stadium felt a little more normal last weekend as Woodinville High School students and families celebrated the annual homecoming football game.
Woodinville ended the district match with a score of 7-17 against Eastlake High School on Friday night, Sept. 24.
“It was a great opportunity for our guys to compete in a fun environment,” Head Coach Wayne Maxwell said. “[Homecoming is] a great high school event that we’ve missed out on for a while.”
The Falcons started off strong with a nine-yard run from WHS senior Henry Nichols, resulting in six points at the end of the first quarter. Sophomore Finley Bragg successfully kicked for the extra point.
Woodinville couldn’t make it to the endzone for the rest of the game.
WHS held the lead until the third quarter when Eastlake completed a 26-yard pass in the endzone. The Wolves finished the final quarter with a successful six-yard rushing touchdown.
“I love the way that our offense came out,” Maxwell said. “After a rougher outing the week before, I thought as a team playing against another really good team, we did a great job of cleaning up some skills.”
Bragg, who usually plays kicker, stepped in as a wide receiver. Maxwell said senior defensive lineman Oliver Bragg, the older brother, also played exceptionally well that night and sacked an Eastlake player to prevent a touchdown.
“He had an outstanding game causing havoc in the opponent’s backfield,” Maxwell said.
Woodinville racked up 103 passing yards courtesy of senior quarterback Theo Grothen. WHS also tallied 80 rushing yards during the game, while Eastlake completed 212 passing yards and 144 rushing.
The Falcons will travel to Moses Lake High School on Friday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m.
“It’ll be good bonding time for our guys to travel to Moses Lake and play Eastern Washington football,” Maxwell said.