Road warriors win again

  • Written by Don Mann
Woodinville Football
Wyatt Smith, who would rush for 120 yards on 10 carries and score two touchdowns, zips through the line in the first quarter, behind blocks by Sean Willie, left, and Colin Messner, right, during Woodinville’s 37-12 victory at Mariner High School in Everett on Friday. Staff photo/Don Mann
Coming into the season, Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell talked about a young football team looking to find its identity.

After its one-sided 37-12 victory at Mariner High School — its second consecutive road win right out of the gate — it appears the Falcons are finding one.

“We’re getting there,” Maxwell said. “I think we’ve shown that we’re tough, physically tough and mentally tough. Tonight on offense we had good clock management when we needed it, and on defense we got stops when we needed them. So far we’ve responded well to pressure and that’s good to see.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Woodinville erupted for 24 second quarter points, beginning with a 44-yard burst up the gut by Alec Kacmarcik, who broke at least four tackles along the way, scattering Marauders like bowling pins.

On their next possession the Falcons marched 99 yards on nine plays for another score and it was a thing of beauty: Wyatt Smith from the one for a huge 27 yards on the first play; Niko Llera for 11 and again for 4; pass to Drew Accimus for 19; quarterback keep by Will Jack for 4; Smith again for 20; pass to Accimus again for 10.

An incompletion halted the pattern before Smith bounced in from the six to make it 14-zip, stunning the home crowd and leaving the Marauder defense shaking its heads, hands on hips, heaving heavily and looking for clues.

Woodinville’s defense then forced a three-and-out. A weak punt was fair-caught at midfield and seven plays later Smith cashed in again to make it 21-zip with two minutes remaining in the half.

Yet the Falcons were not finished. Their defense was stellar and stiffened on three straight Mariner running plays to force a punt on a 4th-and-16 — including a delay of game penalty on the home team.

With small change left on the clock, tick, tick, tick …, Smith, behind eager blockers, returned a punt 36 yards down to the Mariner 16-yard line and Conner Zaback drilled a 33-yard field goal with three seconds left to bump it to 24-0, sticking a fork into the Marauders.

Because they were done, fighting amongst themselves, and the second half was merely window dressing.

On the night Woodinville ran it for 282 yards on 42 carries. Smith was 10 for 120, Llera was 11 for 98 and Kacmarcik was 5 for 71.

Junior quarterback Jack, subbing again for Caleb Hamilton, was 11-22 for 160 in the air, with no picks.The youngster has won the only two varsity games he’s started.

“He’s gaining great experience,” Maxwell said. “Good quality reps, meaningful reps. He’s young but he’s starting to take charge. His confidence has picked up and there was a difference from last week to this week. So that was great to see.”

Woodinville committed no turnovers. Zaback, meanwhile, produced another fine performance.

The senior kicker knocked all seven of his kicks — three field goals and four extra points — right between the eyes. Moreover, he launched five of seven kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

The Falcons host Newport at the Pop this Friday in its final non-league game before KingCo play begins against Inglemoor — Maxwell’s alma mater — on Sep. 21.

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