For the Woodinville Falcons, the 2012 football season was filled with promise but ended with disappointing finality.
Losses to Bothell and then Issaquah in the KingCo crossover playoff game, soured an otherwise solid season.
The Woodinville Weekly checked in with Maxwell recently to see how spring practice was faring. Maxwell’s pleased with his team’s progress, and he’s looking forward to taking them to camp at Eastern Washington University in late June.
“A lot of my old college coaches are there and a bunch of my old teammates are on that staff,” said Maxwell, a graduate of Central Washington University. “It’s fun for me, and they take care of us over there. It’s a great camp in terms of getting the boys out of town and building some camaraderie. Of course, they’ll benefit from the competition every day against teams from around the region. If you were to interview our kids on their way out of high school, they’ll tell you that going to Eastern camp is one of the highlights of their whole high school careers.”
With the 2013 season less than three months away, Maxwell was asked to single out a couple of key players. He started with senior Alek Kacmarcik.
“Alek is your All-American kid,” Maxwell said. “The type of kid everyone dreams about having. He’s a 3.8 student and all the Ivy League schools are recruiting him. He’s been offered (scholarships) by Air Force and Eastern Washington University, and I know there’s more to come.
“At the high school level, he could truly play all 22 positions if you wanted him to. He’s got that blend of being physical and being a good athlete — plus he obviously has the brains. It’s no irony that he plays two positions. He plays H-back on offense, the hybrid of everything. Running back, receiver, tight end, fullback — very versatile.
“On defense he’s our strong safety, where he’s asked to be in the box and be in pass coverage and do it all there. Wherever we can get him in the ball game and make the biggest impact we’re going to do that. Outstanding kid, he’ll be a three year starter and has won a lot of football games. He’ll be a tremendous leader.
“Another key player is Andre Dillard our left tackle,” Maxwell said. “He started last season and was an all-league kid. He’s been offered by Portland State and the University of Idaho. Very talented kid. He worked extremely hard in the off-season, and every day he’s getting bigger and stronger, and he’s going to dominate a lot of football games this year.”
The season opener is on the road in Alaska, against the Palmer Moose on September 6th. By season’s end, Maxwell has high hopes of returning to the playoffs.
“We’ve got a good core of kids that are returning,” he said. “I think our culture at Woodinville is that our kids expect good things and come in with good work ethic and good attitude.
“But like every year, it’s a matter of the maturity part for the kids to step up and make the team into their own identity. So we’re working through that like we would every year.”