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It hasn't been a stellar year in the win column for the Woodinville Falcons football squad, but Friday's stunning victory over 5th-ranked Northshore rival Inglemoor may have made the Falcon season a little easier to swallow.
Woodinville scored 28 points and held Inglemoor to just 7 in the Crown Division matchup.
The Vikings, who were unbeaten until Friday, have already clinched a state berth and will enter the playoffs Saturday.
But last Friday belonged to the Falcons.
Woodinville's defense, already the best in the Kingco conference, starred in the Falcon win over Inglemoor.
Brigham Tomco tackled 18 times and forced four turnovers; Brian Kertson had nine tackles, two sacks, and deflected a pass; and Blair McIntosh and Rich Kuehn each chalked up interceptions.
On the offensive side, Pat Conniff scored two rushing touchdowns and Jamie Tager ran for 53 yards to score. Marques Tuiasosopo added another TD run. Brian Bettes kicked the PATs flawlessly.
It added up to a satisfying night at Pop Keeney for the Falcons. Inglemoor's lone score came from a Kip Anderson run.
As the Vikings put Friday's game behind them, they head into playoff competition beginning Saturday, facing an opponent from either Tacoma or the Olympic League.
Woodinville had to settle for second in Kingco after Eastlake stopped the Falcons 3-1 Thursday in the conference championship match.
The Falcon offense stayed strong through the game, just missing several scoring opportunities. The lone Woodinville goal was scored by Tracey Smith.
With its No. 2 seed, Woodinville now faces Bellarmine Prep in the playoffs. Bellarmine is the defending state Class AAA champion and was recently ranked third in the nation.
In a double-overtime match, Lake Washington topped Inglemoor 2-1 Oct. 31 by scoring all four of its penalty kicks (4-2), eliminating the Vikings from the Kingco Conference playoffs.
Bothell took the regular season Kingco title Oct. 27 by defeating Juanita 3- 0 (15-8, 15-10, 15-12), finishing 11-1 for the season. Leading the Cougars was Sara Nichols, who posted 14 kills and four blocks.
Inglemoor topped Mercer Island 3-0 (15-4, 15-6, 15-3) to finish the regular season 8-4. Crissy Lee posted 11 assists and nine service aces along with Kim Formo’s eight kills to lead the Vikings to victory.
In Sea-King District AAA tournament action:
Behind Billy Hwang’s 25 assists, Ayana Ehrlichman's eight kills, and Sara Nichols' seven kills, Bothell made quick work of Lake Washington 15-6, 15-4 in its tourney match Nov. 2.
Woodinville was stymied Nov. 2 by Sammamish 15-10, 11-15, 15-12. The Falcons were led by Kelly Melton and Sara Carter, each posting 10 kills.
But on Saturday, Woodinville beat Lake Washinton 15-7, 13-15, 15-0.
Cougar Gretchen Olson's 10 kills and Chrissy Lee's 16 assists fell short of victory as Eastlake posted a nail-biting victory over Inglemoor 9-15, 15-8, 16-14.