Nighttime in Snoqualmie, off a quiet, rural street. The Woodinville Falcons exited their team busses and entered the stadium to warm up. Beyond the east end zone, a massive construction project loomed three stories high, obscuring the view of majestic Mount Si.
Four hours later, the Falcons left that very field with a 38-7 triumph over the Wildcats. In so doing, Woodinville improved to 3-0 in Kingco 4A and 4-0 overall. They cleared a big hurdle in their chase for a championship.
“I’m very pleased with our guys,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “That was a very talented ball club we were playing. We’ve had some good quality wins so far. This was a big one on our schedule.”
The game was close in the first quarter. Woodinville’s Brett Accimus broke loose for a 79-yard scoring romp, putting the Falcons up 7-0. Mount Si responded with a long scoring drive of their own, capped by Cale Millen’s 4-yard toss to Parker Wutherich. This tied things up at 7-7.
“On that first drive, our defense was trying to keep everything in front of us and really get a feel for the offense,” Woodinville’s Noah Taplett said. “But then after that we shut them down from there.”
Mount Si never threatened again. The Falcons went on to score 31 unanswered points.
Several Falcons stood out. Quinn Schreyer had three quarterback sacks. Cornerbacks Seth Pregler and Cage Schenck acquitted themselves well against talented wide receivers. Running backs Brett Accimus and Matt Jones combined for 159 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jaden Sheffey completed 11-of-14 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Nash Fouch had 5 catches for 101 yards. And the Falcon offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and protected their quarterback.
“It starts with the boys up front,” running back Matt Jones said. “Kenny [Kim], [Brendan] Szymanski, Cade [Beresford], Saeed [Haddad], and all of them. They block so hard for me. All I have to do is follow them and my job is real easy overall.”
Onlookers knew it was Woodinville’s night in the second quarter. The Falcons faced a 3rd down and 32 yards to go from their own 42-yard line. But then Sheffey dropped back and launched a deep throw that hit Fouch in stride for the 58-yard touchdown.
“That was certainly an exciting play,” Maxwell said.
When the clock ran out to 0:00, the Falcons huddled briefly, ran over to thank their fans who traveled, and then headed for the locker room and thence the team busses. It was not lost on them how big a win this was.
“We’ve been looking at our schedule and this is the most physical team we’re playing for awhile,” Matt Jones said. “We knew their d-line would be a challenge, so we didn’t take this lightly. We went at it with the same speed we go at it in practice.”
Noah Taplett looked over his shoulder toward the monstrosity of a construction project beyond the east end zone.
“I don’t know why they would decide to put up a parking lot in front of their view,” Taplett said. “But it’s their field, they can do what they want.”