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Falcons grab KingCo 4A title, but not done yet

  • Written by Don Mann

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Kyle Adkins hauls in a 48-yard bomb from Brett Arrivey as Woodinville takes an early 14-0 lead. Photo by Don Mann.
On a night when it seemed all the Woodinville stars were aligned, Brett Arrivey shined the brightest.

The senior quarterback, a three-year starter, went 11-for-18 through the air including a 48-yard touchdown bomb to Kyle Adkins and ran it 10 times for 47 tough yards as the Falcons turned away “top-ranked”

Eastlake 17-14 at Pop Keeney Stadium Thursday to capture the KingCo 4A title and remain undefeated at 9-0.

Woodinville did not turn the ball over while Eastlake gave it up four times, including interceptions on its last three, last-gasp drives.

The Falcons never trailed in the contest, and the QB was a difference- maker.

Woodinville received the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards on 13 plays, highlighted by a 25-yard Arrivey keeper on third-and-10 that set a tone, and capped by an 8-yard touchdown run by Alec Schwend.

After the Falcon defense stuffed the Wolves for consecutive three-and- outs, Arrivey hit Adkins in stride on a perfectly thrown home run ball — like it dropped from the sky — to make it 14-0.

Aided by a questionable helmet-to-helmet call on Beau Vintertun at midfield, Eastlake responded quickly to make it 14-7.

But right before the half Woodinville went on a 16-play, 72-yard drive — including a critical 4th-and-three where Arrivey found Colter Clinch on a rollout to move the chains — that ended with Conner Zaback drilling a field goal right down the can to put the Falcons up 17-7 and serve notice to the Eastlake faithful that the green team came to play.

The Wolves dug in like you knew they would: They took the second half kickoff and pieced together a 10-play drive to take it down for a 2nd- and-goal from the four yard line.

Though feature back Ryan Lewis had been largely invisible, a touchdown seemed inevitable and he would surely handle the rock — and he did.

But like a lightning strike, Falcon linebacker Jack Sturgeon put a hat on his handle as Trey Fornelius struck from the other side and Lewis coughed it up. Jake Hollister — who had a monster game on both sides of scrimmage — recovered the fumble on the Woodinville 3-yard line in the game’s most significant play.

(It should go down in Falcon football lore as “The Fumble.”) Neither team scored in the third quarter and it remained 17-7 with 12 minutes to play.

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Brett Arrivey rolls for a first down on a keeper. Photo by Don Mann.
Eastlake quarterback Keegan Kemp, running and throwing with abandon, rallied his troops as the Wolves closed on a short TD pass to make it 17-14 with nine minutes remaining — a major momentum swing for Eastlake and a gut check.

But when they got the ball back they got greedy, throwing it deep on first down — not the QB’s strong suit — and it was picked off by Caleb Hamilton.

On its next set of downs, in hurry-up mode with four minutes left, Hamilton snagged another interception on a jump ball in center field:

Easy money.

And on its next set of downs with 2:30 remaining ... tick, tick, tick ... Fornelius flashed in front of the intended receiver on a fourth down pass for another steal that sealed the deal.

The better team won.

Said Andrew Stoneberg, the underrated lineman with the bushy beard:   “We wanted it more.”

Said Arrivey, the captain: “We just let it rip and played football.”

Woodinville takes on the winner of Tuesday’s Kentridge/Curtis game on Saturday at the Pop, as the trek to Tacoma begins.

Bothell blasts Newport to keep playing

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Bothell’s Aaron Wilks hauls in a touchdown pass during the Cougars’ first half scoring onslaught. Photo by Don Mann.
Bothell put on an offensive clinic in the first half against Newport in its crossover playoff Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium, en route to a 50-20 win which coach Tom Bainter said was the Cougars’ most complete performance of the season.

“We wanted to score every time we touched the ball and we did that in the first half,”  Bainter said.

Indeed they did: Danny Wilson broke for a 66-yarder on the first play from scrimmage, then scored on a draw from 16. Austen Dahl then hit Aaron Wilks on a 33-yard corner route, then connected with Wilson on a 50-yarder right down the middle.

Freshman Ross Bowers then connected with Trent Sewell for an 18-yarder, then Wilson ripped off a 60-yarder to make it 43-zip.

And there was still 5:23 remaining in the second quarter.

The Knights finally got on the board with 3:40 left to make it 43-7 at the half, and Bothell trotted out the twos and threes after intermission.

And what did Bainter like best? “Our defense,” he said. “We were much more disciplined than the first time we played them.”

In week three Newport beat Bothell 28-24 at their place in a wild and weird one, but this is a different Blue Train now.

“We got some people back from injury and we’re improving every day,”  Bainter said.

Bothell (6-3) travels to Spanaway to take on Bethel (7-2) on Friday.

The Braves are led by do-it-all senior quarterback Justin Hordyk, who averages 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing per contest. He’s thrown for 14 touchdowns and run for 13 more.

The Cougs look to be without the services of junior speedster Will McIntyre, who was ejected Saturday following a strange sideline skirmish that featured offsetting personal fouls. The Newport combatant was not ejected, which left Bainter shaking his head.

“We’re gonna appeal that one,” he said. He added the following: “In all my years of coaching I’ve never had a player ejected.”

Inglemoor eliminated by Issaquah 40-24

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Inglemoor’s Davis Walker (No. 34) puts the wood to Issaquah’s Jack Gellatly to cause a fumble, but the football sailed out of bounds when the Vikings needed it most and the visitors retained possession. Photo by Don Mann.
Inglemoor hadn’t moved the ball much on offense in the first half of its do-or-die crossover playoff game against Issaquah at the Pop, but a pick-six by Junior Vi — kind of a gimme that bounced off an Eagle with 1:30 left — made it 20-17 and swung momentum toward the Vikes at the break.

A defensive stop early in the second half would put pressure on the visitors as Inglemoor was still looking for the keys to its offense.

But it didn’t happen: On its very first play Issaquah went deep as quarterback Ethan Kalin found Derek Chapman wide open 10 yards behind the nearest defender for a 54-yard touchdown.

“First five minutes of the second half usually determines the outcome, and they got us in about five seconds,” Inglemoor coach Frank Naish later said.

Issaquah’s sophomore feature back Jack Gellatly —  you’ll hear his name more in the next two years — punched in a 2-yarder to make it 34-17.

Inglemoor responded with a Perry Pipkin 64-yard catch-and-run from Hans Fortune down to the 4-yard line and the QB found Davis Walker in the end zone for a score to close to 34-24 with nine long minutes left and some hope.

Curiously, the Vikes opted for an onside kick which the Eagles recovered at midfield.

Issaquah didn’t do much with it, and punted poorly to give Inglemoor another shot with six minutes remaining.

But an overthrow by Fortune on 2nd-and-8 was intercepted — the Eagles’ third pick of the night — and the curtain fell on Inglemoor’s season.

“We couldn’t run it,” Naish said when asked about the difference. “They made us one-dimensional and you gotta be able to do both. That’s football.”

Post script: Gellatly, to his credit, finished with 190 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns.

But his last TD perhaps didn’t need to happen: Issaquah up 34-24 with 30 seconds left on a clock ticking and the host team reeling ... their coach chose not to take a knee from the 2-yard line and ran up the score with his stud still in the game.

For what it’s worth, Issaquah’s extra point attempt was blocked.

Tough week for Lady Falcons

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Senior midfielder Haley Fay, left, attempts some magic against Eastlake. Photo by Don Mann.
It was a tough week in the goal-scoring department for the Woodinville Lady Falcons soccer team, though the stiff KingCo crunch-time competition had a little something to do with it.

After playing to a scoreless tie — after double overtime — at home against defensive-minded Eastlake on Tuesday, the Lady Falcs traveled to unbeaten and high-powered Skyline on Thursday.

The Spartans scored off a corner kick late in the first half and held off Woodinville for a 1-0 win.

“We didn’t have as many scoring opportunities against Skyline as we did against Eastlake, but as banged up as we were I thought our defense held up really well against a pretty good team,” Woodinville coach Sully Hester said. “Katrina Neir played a phenomenal game back there, and we threw everything we had at them. It was a good chess match and you don’t feel good about losing, but I thought it was one of our proudest moments this season.”

Woodinville (4-3-2, 7-3-3), currently tied for fourth place in the conference, takes on Inglemoor (1-6-2, 4-8-3) in Kenmore on Tuesday with playoffs set to begin next week against an opponent yet to be determined.

After fourth shutout the real fun begins for unbeaten Falcons

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Branden Shrout gets a downfield block — or not — from senior teammate Kyle Adkins to spring for a big gain during the Falcons’ 31-0 win over Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Friday. Photo courtesy Ron Pfaff
With big gun Alec Schwend on the sidelines resting up for the money games heading down the pike, quarterback Brett Arrivey threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Adkins and ran for another as Woodinville ripped Roosevelt 31-0 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Friday.It was the fourth shutout of the season for the Falcons (5-0, 8-0) who take on top-ranked  Eastlake (4-0, 8-0) in the KingCo title game Thursday at Pop Keeney Stadium.

The Wolves punched their ticket to the dance with a 28-21 win over Skyline on Friday.

“Pretty cool and it’ll be a big, big game,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said moments after learning the outcome on the east side. “Our kids are up for the challenge.”

Falcon Branden Shrout broke the seal on Friday with a 2-yard blast and Connor Zaback knocked in a 32-yard field goal to give Woodinville a 10-0 first quarter lead. Back-to-back strikes from Arrivey to Adkins pushed it to 24-zip at halftime.

Though the Roughriders rushed for 219 yards — an eyebrow-raising stat — they were kept out of the end zone by a defense led by Jack Sturgeon’s eight solo tackles — and four assists. Sawyer Whalen bagged another sack, his sixth of the season.

“The defense showed up again, like it has all year,” Maxwell said.

The big question now is who shows up on Thursday.

Eastlake is led by 6-foot, 185-pound senior running back Ryan Lewis, who leads all  KingCo with 1,236 yards on 112 carries — over 10 yards a pop — and has scored 19 touchdowns. Against Skyline he was 22 for 198 with three scores. Legit.

Their senior quarterback doesn’t throw it much — and not very accurately when he does at less than 50 percent with six picks versus seven touchdowns. But he can run it: seven yards a pop and 10 touchdowns.

When he does hoist it up, his go-to guy averages 20 yards per catch; the free safety cannot fall asleep on him.

Need more numbers to chew on till Thursday?

The tale of the tape tells you Eastlake has scored 329 points and yielded 87. Woodinville’s tallied 300 and permitted 45: Push.

Common opponents? The Wolves beat Roosevelt 41-20, Redmond 43-0. The Falcons whitewashed the ‘Riders 31-zip, and mauled the Mustangs 55-7 (55-zip at the half): Push.

Eastlake has beaten Newport (who beat Bothell), Issaquah and Skyline.

Woodinville has beaten Mount Si, Bothell and Inglemoor: Edge to the Eastsiders.

But the Eastsiders have a long bus ride from Sammammish to Pop Keeney on a funky prime-time Thursday to take on an equally unbeaten high school football team playing at its house in front of its fans: Forget that edge.

Hey, maybe Eastlake is all that. But if there’s a stronger, deeper squad from top to bottom than this Woodinville group, a senior-driven crew that has no apparent weakness and always shows up for work, this reporter — not typically a homer — has yet to see them.

My call? I’m sticking with the Baumans, the Hollisters, the McKees, all those guys. Bring the hard hats and lunch pails and load up the box.

And, yo, Schwend, my man: Show me the money.