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Woodinville Survives Triple OT Battle with Skyline to Claim KingCo Crown
By Steve Dion
A soggy Thursday night at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell featured the #5 Skyline Spartans (6-1 overall, 6-0 league) taking on the #6 Woodinville Falcons (7-0 overall, 6-0 league). This game would crown the KingCo 4A title even with one game remaining in the regular season. A championship buzz was in the air.
The Spartans grabbed control of the game in the first half when Isaiah Shim turned a handful of pitches from the backfield into big gains. They paid off with an 8 yard pass to Alex Diegel from Drew Kistner. The Falcons didn’t respond so Skyline added on with a razzle dazzle double pass for 53 yards from receiver Bradley Kim to CJ Moore. Woodinville was on the ropes early.
In an attempt to salvage the half with some momentum, the Falcons struck gold when Michael Roth bolted down the sideline and hauled in a perfectly placed deep ball by Jaden Sheffey. The scoreboard read 13-7 at the break.
Woodinville picked up where they left off when an early drive in the third quarter found them on the doorstep of a potentially leading score. However, a fumble near the goal line rolled into the endzone and was recovered by the Spartans.
Shim’s hard work in the first half paid off when the senior weaved his way for a 4th quarter score to put his team up by 14. Could the Falcons rally?
Mack Minnehan took the call and mere minutes later plowed his way to pay dirt to bring the contest back to one score. The Woodinville sideline erupted.
After a gutsy defensive stop, the Falcons had a chance to tie the game. Nash Fouch stepped in with a tremendous grab in the corner of the endzone to bring the ballgame to 21 apiece. Skyline opted to run clock and attempt to win in overtime.
Woodinville had the first crack in overtime and chose to keep feeding Minnehan the ball. After some big chunks of yards, he pushed the ball past the plane to put the pressure on the Spartans.
With a hungry Woodinville defense that could taste victory, Skyline needed a clutch play to keep their hopes alive. On 4th and 10 from the 11 yard line, Kister found Kim over the middle for exactly 10 yards to earn a fresh set of downs from one yard out. They punched it in.
Skyline opened second overtime with a handful of quick passes to move the chains and set up shim for a goal line plunge.
On Woodinville’s first play of double OT, Minnehan ran into a wall of tacklers but somehow emerged from the pile and took the ball to the house to bring the game to a THIRD OVERTIME!
Woodinville had the first crack in which Fouch showed off his great ball skills hauling in a 50/50 ball in the corner to put his team back on top.
Facing a fourth and goal from the four yard line, could Skyline continue this tight-rope act? The Falcons defense broke up a would-be touchdown pass to seal the win and a league title prompting the Woodinville crowd to pour onto Pop Keeney Stadium field.
The Final Score:
Woodinville 42, Skyline 35.
Mack Minnehan- 3 TDs (1,25,30)
Isaiah Shim- 2 TDs (1, 16)