Woodinville stymies Union, improves to 12-0
Woodinville defeated Union 21-9 Saturday in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at Pop Keeney Stadium to keep the Falcons' record unblemished.
Special to The Seattle Times
BOTHELL — Rob Schwend must be a master of flipping pancakes.
After every Woodinville victory this season, the Schwends have hosted the Falcons' offensive line for a Sunday pancake breakfast.
Woodinville extended that tradition to 12 weeks after defeating Union 21-9 Saturday in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at Pop Keeney Stadium to keep the Falcons' record unblemished.
The Falcons (12-0), who have never had a perfect record this deep into a season, will move on to the state semifinals against KingCo counterpart Skyline (9-3) next week in the Tacoma Dome.
That date became possible after Alec Schwend led Woodinville's rushing attack with 108 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against Union (9-3) on an afternoon that featured biting cold and some hard-hitting football.
As gratitude all season, Schwend's parents, Rob and Deb, have served up the pancakes on Sundays.
"We've won every game this year," Alex Schwend said. "They definitely deserve it."
"We pack them away," senior left tackle Devon Dietrich said of the pancakes.
"Our O-line, we're really tight," Dietrich added. "We always go over to Alec Schwend's every Sunday for pancakes. The more we hang out the tighter we get. And I think the tighter we get the better we play."
Woodinville's line, however, faced a stiff challenge against a physical Union defense that recorded nine tackles for loss.
Woodinville stayed true to the ground game behind its offensive line and rushed for 176 yards on 47 carries.
But this game also belonged to a punishing Falcons defense that delivered some jarring hits and smothering sacks that Union quarterback Kaben Humphrey-Butler couldn't escape.
The Falcons, up 14-0 at halftime, essentially put the game away on Schwend's 5-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that put Woodinville ahead 21-3.
The Woodinville defense then stopped consecutive Union drives with fourth-down sacks by Sawyer Whalen and Lee Wunderlich.
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