Kris Billmaier, #7, runs for yardage against Juanita.
Photo by Russ Paris.
by Russ Paris
Woodinville beat Juanita 37-7 last Saturday night and has clinched a berth in the state playoffs with an 8-0 record.
The win, coupled with previously #1-ranking Tacoma's Curtis High School's loss to Puyallup (by a 28-0 score), will most likely move the Falcons to the #1 ranking position in the state. Woodinville's defense only gave up one yard to Juanita's powerful running game.
The first quarter started out as a crisp, hard-hitting battle and for the first time this season, the Falcons failed to score in the first period. In the second quarter, following Marques Tuiasosopo's touchdown run, Ryan Prentice scored his first touchdown on a 14-yard scamper around the right end at the 6:30 mark. Prentice then made his way up the middle for 9 tough yards and another touchdown with 1:38 minutes left in the half. Curtis Cruz's three kicks made it 21-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, Prentice scored again after Kurt Ahlstand's 30-yard field goal, bringing the score to 31-0. In the fourth quarter, an offensive miscue and a fumble recovery runback allowed the Falcons' goal line to be crossed for the first time in 250 minutes of play. Blair McIntosh (4 carries for 58 yards) scored Woodinville's final touchdown on a 26-yard sprint for a final score of 37-7.
Woodinville deserves the #1 ranking, having outscored its last four opponents 205-7. The defense held their opponents out of the end zone for the fourth straight game.
Woodinville forced Juanita to take to the air and held them to 7 completions for 84 yards in 24 attempts. Woodinville's secondary had 4 interceptions. Tuiasosopo had two, one of which was a touchdown-saving end zone catch. Josh Tobin and Seth Lopez each had one.
With Juanita gang-tackling Pat Coniff throughout the game, even when he did not have the ball, the opportunity came for Ryan Prentice to run the inside for 12 carries for 131 yards and three touchdowns.
Woodinville's offense racked up 435 yards. Tuiasosopo finished with 195 all-purpose yards. Woodinville plays Inglemoor in the last game of the regular series this Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Pop Keeney.