One of the biggest surprises of the season so far came in Week 1 when Woodinville knocked off No. 3 Lakes 31-24 in overtime. Woodinville had plenty of question marks going into the game because the Falcons simply didn’t have many experienced players back.
Listen to Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell describe the Lakes team his rather inexperienced group faced.
“Before pregame, their guys are walking around the field in cutoffs,” Maxwell said. “I thought we were getting ready to play on Saturday. They had some guys that definitely passed the eye test.”
And yet, despite a game Maxwell said featured plenty of mistakes, Woodinville hung around and opened the season with an exclamation point. More important, the Falcons proved they could be a force this season.
“To go through those experiences and get the confidence of a win like that just gave all 60 guys we suited up the confidence that they can beat anybody,” Maxwell said.
Woodinville is 2-0 heading into Friday’s game against Newport. The Falcons have shown early that they’re a contender for the KingCo 4A Crest Division, and it will likely come down to Woodinville and Bothell, which is 0-2 after losing to top-ranked Skyline and Bellevue in consecutive weeks (Bothell and Woodinville play on Oct. 19, the final game of the regular season).
Running back Wyatt Smith has 279 yards and four touchdowns in two games. Caleb Hamilton had three interceptions, including one for a touchdown, against Lakes. Parker Moore leads the team in tackles. Alek Kacmarcik has been a force, too.
And Maxwell said offensive linemen Andre Dillard and Colin Messner have been steady.
Of Messner, Maxwell said, “Messner’s been kind of quiet and knew he had some ability but was just kind of happy to be on the outskirts. He hadn’t quite shown that bark of competitiveness. And that’s come out in him. He’s managed to get fiery and get after it.”
Of Dillard, Maxwell said, “He’s a junior who’s got a ton of talent ahead of him. He could be a college lineman. It’s just a matter of his growth to see what level he’ll end up at.”
Maxwell said in that Lakes game his team experienced just about every scenario: a late field goal, snap issues, a two-minute drill, a late defensive stop and overtime.
“A lot of big plays in key times when we needed it,” Maxwell said. “There were plenty of times because it was an up and down game with a bunch of new players coming in that it would have been really easy for them to fold and let the game take over. And our kids fought back.”