For the second straight year, the Issaquah Eagles learned the power of the Dark Side.
The Woodinville Falcons, led by their “Dark Side Defense”, dominated all night en route to a 38-0 win over Issaquah at Pop Keeney Stadium. The Falcons also shut out the Eagles last season, 30-0.
The win improved Woodinville’s record to 4-0 in Kingco 4A, and 5-0 overall. The Falcons are now ranked #2 in the state by the Seattle Times in the 4A classification.
“It’s kind of surreal how well we’re playing,” cornerback Seth Pregler said. “It’s like a constant theme going into games. Our defensive line plays really well and shuts down the run. And our Defensive Backs do their job, and the other team’s offense has no other option.”
The Falcons actually got off to a slow start offensively with several dropped passes and a fumble. The first quarter ended scoreless. But Woodinville erupted for three touchdowns in the second quarter and never looked back.
Woodinville limited Issaquah to 65 total yards and 2-of-14 on third down conversions. The Falcons sacked Eagle quarterback Trevor Morine six times, with four of them coming courtesy of Jake Baillie. Wyatt Lane recovered a pooch kick and also had a jarring tackle on kickoff coverage. And Dylan Usoro made a nice play to down a Woodinville punt on the Issaquah five-yard line.
Offensively, Woodinville quarterback Jaden Sheffey was 14/26 for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Jared Eisenbarth had 99 yards in receptions, while Nash Fouch hauled in two touchdown receptions.
“Dylan Lewis had a nice game for us at nose tackle,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “And [linebacker] Aiden Colley got some extended playing time tonight and did a nice job filling in.”
The Falcons have played five games in a row limited in both drama and suspense. One wonders how they maintain their motivation.
“We just like to keep the mindset that every play, every snap, we’re going to be the most physical team on the field,” senior Jared Eisenbarth said. “We’re going to give our all every play and know our alignment and assignment. We give our best and that’s what we like to do. We’re a family and we’re going to enjoy this because it will pass by soon.”
Offensive tackle Cade Beresford agreed.
“This year we’ve got our best team,” Beresford said. “We’ve got the best receivers in the state. The best o-line, d-line, I think. Just all-around our defensive backs are great and our team is physically and mentally [tough enough] to get us to State. I think this is the best team I’ve ever been on.”
As Beresford spoke to a reporter, assistant coach Matt Laccinole walked past and shouted “Go Cougs!” There was laughter all around. That’s because Beresford gave his verbal commitment last week to play for the Washington State Cougars. At that moment, the Cougs were in the process of upsetting fifth-ranked USC on national TV.
“I decided it was the right decision for my family, for myself,” Beresford said. “They’re 16th in the country and 4-0. They’re battling right now with USC. I love that college town [Pullman] and everything about it. It was the perfect fit for me.”
Beresford will join former Falcons Andre Dillard and Dylan Axelson next fall on the WSU roster.