Falcons take care of business

  • Written by Don Mann

Caleb Hamilton, left, smacks away a touchdown possibility late in the game as Inglemoor tries to climb back in. Photo by Don Mann.
The beat goes on.

Once again, Woodinville’s o-line showed up for work and Alec Schwend posted 151 yards on merely a dozen carries, scoring three touchdowns as the Falcons took it to Inglemoor 38-14 on homecoming night for the green team. It could’ve been worse, but for nine penalties that cost the home team over 100 yards, not to mention three Viking interceptions to keep them involved.

Somewhere down the line, that might hurt.

Nonetheless, Schwend ripped off a 59-yarder straight to the house six plays into the contest — showing some good giddyup — to get the Falcons on the board first.

Inglemoor responded, as Junior Vi picked off a deflected Brett Arrivey pass and returned it to the 8-yard line. Three plays later the Vikings converted on an inside screen from Hans Fortune to Quinn Edlin to tie it up.

But that would be the only tie.

Kyle Adkins, returning yet another punt, delivers a facial to an Inglemoor defender. Photo by Don Mann.
The Falcons scored twice more in the second quarter: a 4-yard scramble by Arrivey and a 64-yarder right up the gut from Schwend, who seemed to expect company that didn’t arrive, shrugging his untouched shoulder pads in the end zone as if to apologize.

Leading 21-7 at half, Woodinville tilted the field, as they have done thus far this year.

Things went farther south for Inglemoor when Trey Fornelius picked off the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage in the second half, leading to a 2-yard plunge from Schwend and a 33-yard field goal from Conner Zaback to make it 31-7 in the third. Fortune found Edlin again — one-on-one coverage — to make it 31-14 late in the third quarter but then, lickety-split on the Falcons’ next possession, Devin McKee broke for a 49-yarder into wide open space to make it 38-14, over and out.

In what seemed like an eternity, the Falcons brought the 2s into the game and neither team scored in the fourth quarter as the game clock slowwwwwly wound down.

Woodinville homecoming queen Ali Forde was all smiles. Photo by Don Mann.
Woodinville head man Wayne Maxwell, an Inglemoor alum, was thrust into the headlights of television cameras postgame — and asked some dopey questions by some interloping high-priced commentators — later talked about his team’s 7-0 record to the Woodinville Weekly.

“We we’re a little concerned about an emotional letdown after the big win last week. But this group is pretty special and we’ve got great senior leadership ... the Baumans, the Hollisters, the Whalens, all those guys ... We play as a team and they trust each other ... those guys are very disciplined and they keep each other in check. They stayed focused all week, focusing on the task at hand ... Their effort at practice has been consistent all year and that’s why they’ve had success.”

Woodinville travels to Seattle this Friday to take on Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium.  The Roughriders (2-2, 4-3 overall) defeated rival Ballard 28-19 in the city last Friday.

Lady Falcons win 3-2 in a squeaker over Bothell

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Bothell sophomore Kenzie Bean, left, applies pressure to Woodinville senior Maddie Jones, as the ball sails out of bounds at midfield during the Falcons’ 3-2 win. Photo by Don Mann.
Woodinville junior Sophie Chakalo did what she does: she found a small window of opportunity and knocked a soccer ball into it. This time, just barely. But a goal is a goal and it translated into a 3-2 win over rival Bothell at Pop Keeney last Tuesday in a wild one.

With five minutes left in a scoreless second half in a 2-2 game seemed destined for OT, the striker struck, turning on a dime and drilling a ground ball shot on frame that squeaked through Cougar goalie Alexis Thode’s hands ... and slowly lurched across the goal line for the game winner. Thode, the All-KingCo keeper, made a lunging second attempt to beat the ball back as it dribbled behind her while the crowd on both sides held its collective breath.

It took a moment for the referees to decide on the outcome — a funky ending to an exciting back-and-forth game, and Thode probably wants the moment back as the ball never touched the net.


Said Bothell coach Shaun Warner: “I didn’t have a great look at it but the referee, to his credit, was where he was supposed to be so if he said it was in I can’t argue with that.”

Said Chakalo, who hit the crossbar on a laser late in the first half in a 2-2 tie: “I saw the opening, got past the defender and I remember my dad (at halftime) told me to just hit it on the ground and whatever happens will happen. The girl (Bothell keeper Thode) fumbled it and I saw it cross and said ‘That’s it, that has to be in.’ It didn’t get in by much but it got in and that’s all that matters.”

Bothell opened the scoring in a wild and wooly first half, as Samantha Mellick knocked in a wide-open cross from Ali Cundiff 30 seconds in.

Woodinville’s Brittney Greenback converted on a corner from Christine Horne to tie it up 10 minutes later, then Cundiff tallied from the right wing on a shot that slipped through the hands of Falcon keeper Molly Stinson.

Woodinville responded with a brilliant goal from Julianne Smith, unassisted, hooked from the right wing 20 yards out to make it 2-2:  four goals in the first 20 minutes, an apparent shootout, lickety-split. Both teams were fired up and physical, going up and down as loose balls were recovered at midfield and delivered to spring offensive forays in both halves, both ways.

“Barnburner,” Woodinville coach Sully Hester said at the end, with a twinkle in his eye on a full moon night.  “Skyline’s probably our true rival but it seems we can never beat Bothell by more than a goal, because of that crosstown rivalry thing. They get up for us and always make it tough. Tonight they came out with a lot of energy and put us on our heels. Number 18 (Taylor Storey) for them played really well on our forwards, but in the end we wore them down, I think.”

Added Warner: “It was a fun game to watch. I’m pretty happy — despite losing — because we’re better than I originally thought we’d be. You don’t like to lose, but it was one of those games you can learn something from. I thought we played really hard and I’m proud of our girls.”

Note: On Thursday, in perhaps an emotional letdown, the Lady Falcons played to a scoreless tie against Garfield at home, to establish a7-2-2 overall record, 4-2-1 in KingCo, now sitting in third place.

Issaquah and Skyline remain unbeaten in conference play. Woodinville travels to Skyline on Thursday.

Lady Falcons fall to Newport

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Ali Forde makes an athletic hustle play for a save, but her return landed just out of bounds on Thursday against Newport at WHS. Photo by Don Mann.
It was a battle between two KingCo volleyball heavyweights, but Newport provided the bigger punch on Thursday at WHS.

The Lady Knights (5-0, 8-0) prevailed in a hard-fought first game 27-25 and went on to win the next two 25-19, 25-19 over Woodinville (3-2, 6-2).

“I think Newport’s the best team we’ve played so far,” Falcon head coach Mike Mills said. “They kept the pressure on us. They dug us really well and kept attacking. They just really did everything well — all aspects of the game.”

It wasn’t much of a night for game stats, as Ali Forde led the Falcons with nine kills and 15 digs. Jen Schnelle added 22 digs. Mills was a bit disappointed in his team’s performance, but kept it positive.

“We didn’t come at them as hard as we should have,” he said. “I think we let up a little bit at times, got tentative. But I’m pretty sure we’ll rebound. We’ll come back strong.”

The Lady Falcons travel to Inglemoor (2-4, 2-7) Tuesday then host Bothell (3-3, 4-4) Thursday.

‘W’ stands for wacky and a win

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Alec Schwend, who rushed for 153 yards on 25 carries, turns the corner against Bothell. Photo by Don Mann.
They can no longer say Woodinville hasn’t beaten anybody.

Behind a veteran offensive line that was all business, senior tailback Alec Schwend rushed for 153 yards on 25 big-boy carries as the Falcons turned back Bothell 24-14 at Pop Keeney Stadium on Friday, its first win over the Blue Train since 2005.

But the Falcons’ defense was even more impressive, stifling Bothell’s running game to the tune of 27 yards on 18 carries — after the Cougars ran it for over 300 against Inglemoor last week.


“I’m thrilled for these kids,” head coach Wayne Maxwell said. “They’ve worked their tails off and tonight was a big test. The season is far from over but tonight we took a big step.”

Sophomore Alek Kacmarcik broke for a 56-yard touchdown run on the third play from scrimmage 63 seconds in and the Falcons were off to the races.

Woodinville, running its other stuff behind Schwend’s steady flow, scored twice more on a Trey Fornelius 5-yard gash up the gut and a rollout pass from Brett Arrivey to a wide open John Villasenor to make it 21-zip.

Bothell scored on a  corner fade to 6-foot-5 Aaron Wilks to get on the board, but a solid drive by Woodinville and a Conner Zaback field goal made it 24-7 at the half.

Branden Shrout delivers a blow to Jared Perry as, left to right, Caleb Hamilton, Sawyer Whalen and Jack Sturgeon pursue. Photo by Don Mann.
Aided by a Falcon personal foul on a late sideline hit, Bothell scored again on a fade to Trent Sewell to make it 24-14 as momentum swung to the Cougs for the first time all night.

Things got tighter as Woodinville was forced to punt and Bothell’s freshman quarterback Ross Bowers — in relief of starter Austin Dahl — hit Aaron Wilks on a 55-yard bomb to take it down to the Falcon 12.

Yet one play later Danny Wilson fumbled and Branden Shrout recovered to turn back the tide for the green team. Neither squad scored again in a physical fourth quarter as time ran out on Bothell, now 2-1, 3-3.

Cougar coach Tom Bainter said the difference was the Falcons’ run game.

“We couldn’t stop ’em. Even when we had ’em at the line of scrimmage it was a three or four yard gain. They’re a good football team.

They’ve got a lot of kids who’ve played on Friday nights, some three-year starters and that type of team comes around every so often and they have it this year. Hats off to them.”

Schwend, who proved to be the best back on the field in a game filled with good backs, was remarkably subdued post-game. He’s not the biggest, not the fastest, but he carried the mail for the Falcons while taking major hits — and played some good corner as well.

“I’m a little beat up but I feel great,” he said. “This is awesome. We’ve been thinking about this since last year in spring practice. It was one of our goals and we got to it. They’re a physical team and I was prepared for that. Our O-line did a heck of a job.”

Said quarterback Brett Arrivey of the win: “It’s indescribable. We’ve been focusing on this for a long time. The last two years they got us pretty good and we’ve worked so hard for this.”

He was asked about the efforts of his buddy Schwend. “Schwend always performs.”

Said lineman Sawyer Whalen, who went both ways all night and had a huge sack at a key moment, and seemed to feel more relief than jubilation: “We’ve been working hard for a long time. It’s just a good feeling to finally beat Bothell.”

Woodinville (3-0, 6-0) hosts Inglemoor (2-1, 4-2) Friday at the Pop.

Falcons throttle Ballard 34-0

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Jake Hollister chases down a fumble in the end zone for the Falcons’ first score. Photo by Don Mann.
If the rest of the league hasn’t been paying attention, they better start.


After throttling Ballard 34-0 at the Pop on Thursday the Woodinville Falcons are 5-0, and legit.

Five games is enough for the numbers to mean something and the numbers are staggering: The Falcons have outscored its opposition 207-17 while pitching three shutouts in its last four outings.

The first-string defense has allowed one touchdown all year, and that was five games ago at Mount Si — on a lucky bounce fluke.

Woodinville is averaging 41 points per contest. They ran it 41 times on Thursday for 233 yards, and seven different receivers caught passes for 148 more.

The defense has permitted a paltry 272 yards on 133 carries all season — two yards a pop and nary a touchdown, made 10 interceptions and recovered seven fumbles.

They read and react with the speed of a jailbreak and bad intentions.

“We focus on playing fast and physical and the kids take pride in the way they get after it — almost where they’re competing with each other to get there first,” coach Wayne Maxwell said in a post-game interview that had a deja vu quality.

Fact is, it was no offensive beauty pageant as the Falcons were stripped on its first possession, and then muffed the snap exchange from two yards out on its next.

They were bailed out by lineman Jake Hollister, who pounced on the loose ball in the end zone for Woodinville’s first score.

“First it was underneath my feet and then it squirted away and I just dove on it,” the senior co-captain said.

And when was the last time he scored a touchdown?

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Devin McKee, lower left, takes a Ballard runner for a spin as Trey Fornelius applies the finishing touch. Photo by Don Mann.
“Ninth grade,” he said with a smile. “They had me at fullback and I got one.”

The Falcons got two more in the second quarter — a one-yard plunge from Alec Schwend and a 19-yard catch-and-run by Kyle Adkins — to take a 20-0 lead into halftime.

Woodinville did not score in the third, going three-and-out on its first two drives while committing four of its nine penalties — three for holding.

Branden Shrout blasted in from 12 yards out early in the fourth to make it 27-0 and signal the party was over. Then Devin McKee took one in from 10 yards — again right up the gut — to cap a 15-play drive extended by two more Falcon holding penalties.

“On offense we hit some plays and moved the ball but there’s way too many penalties going on out there,” Maxwell said. “A whole lotta holding and that’s frustrating. Obviously we have to clean those things up ...That’ll hurt you versus the top opponents.”

It was perhaps a reminder that despite the glowing record and gaudy numbers, Woodinville’s first five foes were a combined 9-12 overall.

The Falcons take on Bothell Friday at the Pop and will emerge from the visitors’ locker room.