Woodinville grinds out a few of their 407 rushing yards.
Close to 300 of the WHS faithful travelled to Tacoma on the Falcon Fan Buses to join the rest of the true believers in showing their support.
Photos by Russ Paris.
by Russ Paris
The Woodinville Falcons' playoff hopes were dashed as they lost last Saturday night to the South Kitsap Wolves, 41-29.
For a time, the Falcons led, running up the score on their opposition, as usual, and dominating the game. The first score, a Kurt Ahlstrand field goal, came after consecutive runs by Pat Conniff and Marques Tuiasosopo that took the Falcons deep into the Wolves' territory.
Still in the first period, both teams traded punts. From his own 21, Conniff broke up the middle with three players hanging onto him, struggled free, and ran 74 yards down to the South Kitsap 5-yard line, where Tuiasosopo took it in on the next play. The score was Woodinville 10, South Kitsap 0 at 1:51 in the first period.
The Woodinville defense held and the second period started like the first. A Tuiasosopo 13-yard run made it 17-0 just three minutes into the second period. On the following kickoff, Woodinville defenders allowed the kickoff return man to run 79 yards. From there, the Wolves offense passed it in to make it 17-7 with 6:31 remaining in the second quarter. South Kitsap struck again to make it 17-14 with 2:04 left.
Woodinville came right back with runs by Tuiasosopo and Conniff. Mixing the play selection, Tuiasosopo hit Rodney Anderson on a 40-yard pass play, taking the ball down to the 12-yard line. On the very next play, Blair McIntosh ran it in. The kick was blocked, making it 23-14 at the half. Conniff led with 15 carries for 193 yards in the first half.
Woodinville was still in control at the start of the second half and was first to score in the third period. On back-to-back runs by Tuiasosopo, the Falcons again scored. The two-point conversion attempt was botched and the lead became 29-14.
Rain and fog set in on the field and it became like a "twilight zone" in the next five minutes for Woodinville football. The Falcons turned the ball over on 3 consecutive plays and South Kitsap scored 4 unanswered touchdowns.
It started with the Falcons being intercepted by Matt Bussman, and then a 35-yard touchdown run by Donovan Dashiell, making it 29 to 21, WHS. Next, Woodinville fumbled again inside their own 20-yard line. Giving the short field to the Wolves, Dashiell took the ball in to make it 29-29. On the Falcons' next possesion, they threw their second interception. The Wolves took over at the 48 and marched in on 8 carries by Dashiell.
The Woodinville team finally met a team as opportunistic as themselves. Suddenly they were behind (29-35) for the first time this year. Dashiell broke Woodinville's chance of a comeback with his fifth touchdown of the night, an 83-yard run.
"The deciding factor was the field position we gave them through turnovers," said Falcon head coach Terry Agnew.
Woodinville outgained Kitsap on the ground, 407 to 338 yards. Woodinville runners finished with Pat Conniff, 22 carries for 207 yards, and Marques Tuiasosopo, 10 carries for 102 yards. On defense, Woodinville was led by B. J. Detmer's 14 tackles and 1 QB sack, Brigham Tomco's 14 tackles, and Joshua Tobin's 9 tackles and 1 QB sack.
The Falcons have gone as far as any Woodinville team in the playoffs and will be remembered as one of the most exciting and dominant teams in the school's and Kingco's history.