Woodinville High School football players belted out their traditional fight song after the team’s first game of the season over Bishop Blanchet at Woodinville High School on Friday, Sept. 3.
The Falcons took the victory 29-26.
Following COVID-19 regulations, fans filled the stands, the pep band played and cheerleaders encouraged the crowd to cheer, WHS Head Coach Wayne Maxwell said.
“Both football teams felt the energy,” Maxwell said. “The overall morale of the students was such a positive thing.”
Woodinville started the game with senior quarterback Theo Grothen completing a 36-yard pass to senior Adam Duffy for a touchdown. Finley Bragg kicked for the Falcons, resulting in an extra point.
Also in the first quarter, senior Henry Nichols scored the second touchdown for Woodinville with a 34-yard run.
“The offensive line did an outstanding job of opening up holes for (Nichols) to run,” Maxwell said.
After falling behind in the third quarter, 14-20, the Falcons came back to score 15 points in the fourth for the win. Nichols scored again from a 11-yard run, followed by a two-point conversion from junior Ivori Keo.
“It was a real competitive game,” Maxwell said. “They didn’t just trust themselves as players, but they trusted their teammates.”
Woodinville racked up 123 passing yards and 227 rushing yards, while Bishop Blanchet completed 234 passing yards and 40 rushing.
For WHS, Maxwell said the number of players didn’t change much from last year to now, although the number of freshmen increased. About 22 seniors graduated in the spring, he said.
With middle school sports and little league football largely canceled last year, he said, more students were excited for the opportunity to play football.
“We have a good group of guys and an overall balanced team,” Maxwell said.
After a shortened season last year and less time for off-season training, Maxwell said, this fall is all about improving little by little.
“We're trying to be simple,” he said. “Simply getting better each day.”
The team will play Silas High School in Tacoma on Sept. 9, which is after the Weekly’s press deadline. After that, WHS will play Glacier Peak High School at Pop Keeney next week, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.
“Glacier has been a pretty successful school in the last few years,” Maxwell said. “It will definitely be a good matchup.”
Varsity schedule for WHS football:
- Thursday, Sept. 16 – Glacier Peak High School (away), 6 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 24 – Eastlake High School at Pop Keeney, 7 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 1 – Moses Lake High School (away), 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 9 – North Creek High School (away), 7 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 15 – Bothell High School at Pop Keeney, 7 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 22 – Inglemoor High School (away), 7 p.m.