In his Western Pennsylvania drawl, former Seahawks coach Chuck Knox used to give tidbits of wisdom. “Nothing succeeds like success,” he would tell his players. “And remember that the faint of heart never won the fair lady.”
The Woodinville Falcons, coming off an 11-1 record last year, hope to carry that momentum into the coming season. If these boys have their way, they’ll repeat as conference champs, roll through the playoff schedule, and rendezvous at the Tacoma Dome in a bid for the school’s first State football championship.
“I like the energy and leadership from a hungry group of guys who had a great season last year,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said last week. “They’re ready to build on it, they’re not satisfied. The seniors want to finish their final season strong. They are taking control as leaders in practice to make sure that we’re productive out here.”
One week into spring practice, senior quarterback Jaden Sheffey exudes a controlled, self-assured manner on-and-off the field. “As a team it’s nice to have so many returners,” Sheffey said. “It’s nice to have so many guys on the same page this early in the season. Not a whole lot of teams are like that, so we’re very fortunate.’
Coach Maxwell singled out some individuals from the first week of practice.
“Jaden and Nash Fouch have been looking really strong,” Maxwell said. “Their hard work in the off season is paying off. Jaden has more velocity on his ball. Nash looks quicker in his breaks. That’s going to be a great little (QB-WR) duo there. Brett Accimus is up to 209 pounds and is moving well [at wide receiver]. Jared Eisenbarth picked up where he left off in terms of being strong and steady doing what he does [at receiver].
“Defensively, Nash and Seth Pregler are sticking out in the secondary,” Maxwell said. “Those guys are pushing each other and getting better. The usual guys in the front seven with [Jake] Baillie, [Quinn] Schreyer and those guys, they all look good in there. A lot of reasons to be excited there.”
FALCONS OPEN SEASON WITH BOTHELL
With the Bothell game the first of the season, the Falcons will play their biggest rival to kickstart the season.
“That doesn’t change our mindset,” Sheffey said. “We know that it is a bigger game for the community, and all the history that is there. But it’s a game that we need to prepare for. It’s no different than last year or other years. We will prepare like we’ve always prepared.”
LAU POSSIBLY LOST FOR SEASON
Running back / middle linebacker Andy Lau injured his Achilles in the first week of practice. It’s quite possible that the senior will miss the entire 2017 campaign.
“We don’t know the extent,” Maxwell said. “It was a pretty significant injury. His medical people think he could be back earlier, but it’s one of those things where traditionally it takes longer.”
Lau sustained the injury in a non-contact drill, while taking a handoff.
“A freak, tragic thing,” Maxwell said. “The kid has worked hard. The other kids on the team have been great in terms of surrounding him and being as positive as can be.”
JUNIOR FALCON CAMP SET FOR JULY 11-13
Kids from kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible. They will receive instruction on fundamentals, technique and strategy from Coach Wayne Maxwell and his staff and players.
Campers will participate in individual position groups, team drills, and flag football games. Each camper will also receive a commemorative t-shirt.