Sedro-Woolley upsets Falcons in 45-0 loss

OK, the hard facts are these:

A HUGE line of high school football players from Sedro-Woolley prevented South Whidbey from making any headway Friday night — Falcon star running back Keith Ryder managed just 54 yards on 10 carries, an average of four yards per carry.

On defense, Danny Parra and Taylor Johnson managed nine tackles each while Tyler Kinser and Ryder each had six.

Along with the Chris Harshman-led Pep Band’s gameball-winning tunes from the bleachers and the cheer squad’s complicated routines, that pretty much summed up the evening’s highlights.

The score was 35-0 at halftime and the Redskins added 10 more in the second period.

Neither the Falcon passing game or The Art of the Block were much in evidence.

It wasn’t pretty, and yet.

“As we reviewed the films the next morning, all of us realized we learned a lot from a team that’s bigger, faster and stronger than us,” Coach Mark Hodson said. “Clearly, we were playing above ourselves. And it wasn’t as bad as Cedarcrest’s 70-point loss to Mount Si the same night,” he said.

The Falcons will meet the Red Wolves as the two Cascade Conference rivals meet this Friday night in the season’s first real contest, 7:30 p.m. at Waterman Field.

Hodson noted that at the end of the game, officials told him, “Your kids played tough and stayed focused to the end, and we were impressed by their sportsmanship.”

Along with the “teaching moments,” the coach was pleased that 15 players had the chance to get on the field, their first varsity experience.

“Trapper Rawls, a freshman, had two tackles Friday and that’s something he and the others will build on for the rest of the season,” Hodson said.

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