BOTHELL — It was freezing cold on a school night, but the stands didn’t clear until the clock wound down to 0:00.
Thursday night, Woodinville and Redmond put on a show at Pop Keeney Stadium in a rivalry game that came down to the final seconds.
Woodinville quarterback Will Jack threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Micah Hamilton with 47 seconds left to give the Falcons a 23-20 win over the Mustangs in a KingCo 4A Crest Division matchup.
Ian Biddle picked off Redmond quarterback Zach Wheat with 20 seconds left in the game to help Woodinville improve to 5-2 and 2-1 in league play.
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Redmond fell to 5-2 (1-2), but coach Jason Rimkus was still smiling after the game.
“I told them (his team) how proud I am for them playing their tails off,” Rimkus said.
Woodinville was playing without two dynamic offensive weapons – wide receiver Alek Kacmarcik and running back Wyatt Smith, both sitting out with injuries.
Without them, Jack – wearing Smith’s number to honor his senior teammate on the team’s senior night – went 11-for-23 for 98 yards and one touchdown.
Dylan Axelson had two rushing touchdowns – a 1-yarder and another from four yards out.
“I’m really proud of my team. I love all of them,” Jack said with a big smile. “We came out second half and battled it out and we came up with a win. It’s perfect.”
At halftime, the two were separated by one touchdown, with Redmond leading 14-7. The teams were evenly matched – which was expected out of the rivalry game. Woodinville finished with 344 yards total offense compared to Redmond’s 286.
“There’s a lot of pride on the line,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “It’s a good, physical rivalry between the teams traditionally.”
In the locker room at halftime, Maxwell urged his guys to believe in each other.
“We told them to trust in your brother next to you,” Maxwell said. “And boy, I guess they sure did that.”