It was a Texas Panhandle kind of night, with blustery winds whipping the flagpoles into a frenzy and shuttling debris throughout Pop Keeney Stadium. But the bottom line results were like any other game this year. The Woodinville Falcons continued to sail through their season, knocking off Inglemoor 42-7.
“The first quarter you could tell the wind was having an impact,” Woodinville receiver Nash Fouch said. “Jaden [Sheffey] threw a ball to me that I thought I was going to be under, but the wind pulled it back. But in the second quarter, we were going with the wind, and that’s when we really got going.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Woodinville (6-0) exploded for four touchdowns in the second stanza. The Falcons went into halftime with 28 points and 296 yards of offense, while holding Inglemoor to 26 total yards.
“I credit Inglemoor for coming out playing tough, we’re rival schools,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “They came out tough and made us work... It was just a matter of time before we got going.”
Six different Falcons scored touchdowns on the night. Matt Jones rushed for 104 yards. Miles Mustarde led the defense with five tackles, one sack and one interception.
But this night was a chance for the backups to play.
“Nolan Downs did some good things in there, made some plays,” Maxwell said. “He got that interception at the end [of the game]. Noah Stifle has been playing [with the first string], but he had a nice grab early on. Jack Messmer and Carter Smith had some playing time, it was good to see those guys in there.”
“I’d like to give a shout out to Joey Johnson,” Woodinville quarterback Jaden Sheffey said. “He had a lot of good solid runs. And [offensive lineman] Will Augustine stepped in with Brendan Szymanski out. He did some things. I’m just really proud of those two guys.”
This week Woodinville travels to Bellevue to take on Newport. The Knights are 4-2 after their 45-20 win over Emerald Ridge.
TRIBUTE TO ERIC LUCAS
It was a moment that transcended sport. At halftime of the Woodinville-Inglemoor game, the Viking Marching Band paid tribute to Eric Lucas, the late Woodinville band director. Lucas died on July 20th while on vacation in California, after rescuing four kids from a rip tide.
With stadium lights dimmed, the Inglemoor band formed a W and played the Woodinville fight song. This drew cheers from fans of both schools.
“I thought it was a great compliment from Mr. Christensen, the longtime band director at Inglemoor,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “He had Eric as a student and was a mentor. They were very close. That was very classy and I know that it meant something to Mr. Christensen.”
Maxwell said he addressed the tragedy to his team at the start of the season.
“Our kids knew Eric,” Maxwell said. “He loved football games, and he loved Friday nights. He was a big, big supporter of us. I will miss our conversations to talk about the games and the excitement. He was a guy that I would always see around campus and we would always stop to talk about anything. He was a great man.”
Maxwell referenced the Woodinville helmets, which this season feature the initials for Lucas and the late Woodinville English teacher, Dr. Nancy Babienko. “She was a very, very talented teacher,” Maxwell said of Babienko, who died August 22nd from cancer.