Here is an inside look at the 2019 Woodinville Falcons football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
11-2 in 4A KingCo Crown (first place); lost to Lake Stevens in 4A semifinals
Wayne Maxwell, 16th season
Offense - 6. Defense - 5.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
RB Joey Johnson, 5-8, 175, sr.
OL Nathan Metz, 6-4, 165, sr.
OL Levi Rogers, 6-5, 275, sr.
WR/KR Cage Schenk, 5-9, 165, sr.
QB Noah Stifle, 6-0, 165, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Nate Dixon, 6-0, 230, sr.
DB Blake Glessner, 6-2, 160, sr.
DB Cage Schenk, 5-9, 165, sr.
DL Carter Smith, 6-1, 225, sr.
DB Josh Spencer, 6-0, 175, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Joey Johnson, running back
Every defensive-minded head coach covets tough tailbacks -- and here he runs
Levi Rogers, offensive lineman
State’s top senior lineman (numerous FBS offers) playing in Hall of Fame World Bowl
Cage Schenk, all-purpose
Accomplished rare trifecta last season -- was all-league first teamer in all three phases
You don’t win three consecutive 4A KingCo titles by accident, and the Falcons -- who are coming off a state runner-up finish in 2017, followed by a run to the state semifinals last season -- might now have their best shot to win it all.
What separates Woodinville from the other league contenders is its combination of size and athleticism along the offensive line, led by Rogers, the starting left tackle who has offers from more than half the Pac-12 schools, as well as fellow seniors Metz and Matt Harvey.
Coach Maxwell likes to run the football, and has a good back in Johnson, the league’s leading rusher in 2018. Stifle will also get his yards on designed runs -- with all of this setting up the splash-play downfield shots to Schenk.
But the trademark of all of these quality Woodinville teams has been defense, which Maxwell has been the mastermind behind with an aggressive yet fundamentally-sound scheme.
Throw in Glessner’s booming kicking leg (as well as being a solid cornerback), and a case can be made that the Falcons are not only the most complete team in 4A Kingco, but also in Washington.
Sept. 6: at Balboa (CA), 4 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Monroe, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Edmonds-Woodway, 5 p.m.
Sept. 28: Mount Si, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Redmond, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Bothell, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17: Inglemoor, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24: at North Creek, 7 p.m.