Junior kicker Blake Glessner booted a go-ahead 46-yard field goal, his career best, to give Woodinville the win over top-ranked Mount Si.
SNOQUALMIE — When the season started, not one offensive starter was in the same place as last season for the Woodinville High School football team.
That group of 11 new starters came a long way in nine games.
The sixth-ranked Falcons defense did its usual work and junior kicker Blake Glessner booted the go-ahead 46-yard field goal with 6:03 left in the game to give his school a 16-14 upset win over top-ranked Mount Si on Thursday night in the KingCo 4A championship game at Mount Si High School.
Woodinville (8-1), the Crown Division champions, captured its third KingCo 4A title in a row with the previous two coming in the regular season. Glessner’s career-best kick was the difference in the end after the Falcons’ offense did their job.
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“It’s all my blockers (on the field goal) and I had no nerves at all,” said Glessner, who converted another field goal to pull his team within 14-13 early in the third quarter. “I had full confidence. Going through basketball last season, I really don’t get nervous any more. I didn’t even know what to do with my body after that.
“I just wanted to celebrate with my team. I knew we still had a game to win after that.”
The Falcons’ defense pressured Wildcats quarterback Cale Millen (152 yards passing) all night, made him uncomfortable and never allowed him to get into a rhythm. The Falcons made a defensive stop with 3 minutes, 58 seconds left in the game and ran all but 24 seconds off the clock, surviving a wild pass and pitch-back series on the final play.
“We knew we were losing a lot of seniors, especially offensively this year,” Woodinville quarterback Noah Stifle said after his team avenged a regular-season loss to Mount Si. “We just knew we were going to have to work hard in the offseason and work hard in practices to get that chemistry.”
Said Woodinville head coach Wayne Maxwell after his team limited Mount Si to 235 yards of total offense by harassing Millen: “You have to give a guy like that different looks. He’s too good to do one thing.”
The Falcons recovered a Millen fumble on their own 47 on a scramble play with 9:29 left in the game to set up Glessner’s go-ahead boot. Glessner’s kick midway through the fourth quarter gave Woodinville its first lead of the game at 16-14.
Mount Si (8-1, Crest Division champions) last won a KingCo title in football in 1998 and it will have to wait another year. Both teams move on to loser-out, winner-to-state home games next week.
Glessner made a 22-yard field with 8:30 left in the third quarter to trim the Cats’ lead to 14-13. A weaving 51-yard punt return by Cage Schenck (84 yards receiving, one interception) put Woodinville on the 12-yard line of Mount Si to set up the score.