September 21, 1998
Photo by Russ Paris
WHS Falcons took another step toward T.T.D. (The Tacoma Dome) in last week's 35-18 defeat of the Eastlake Wolves.
by Russ Paris
Woodinville High Falcons began last Friday night's football game at Eastlake as the underdogs. They were going up against the sixth ranked team in the state with their highly potent passing attack led by senior quarterback Matt Berry.
The Falcons quickly took the home field advantage and 3,500 screaming red clad Eastlake fans out of the game by scoring on their first three possessions.
The game started with WHS receiving the opening kickoff. Then Blake MacIntosh took it to the 27 yard line, and Aaron Hineline went eleven yards to the 38. Senior tailback Jeremy Tager broke to the outside and raced 62 yards for the score.
The WHS defense held against Eastlake and weren't fooled by Eastlake's 4th down fake punt taking over on the Wolve's 38 yard line.
On runs by Tager, MacIntosh and Hineline, the ball was advanced to the 5 yard line with Tager taking it in for his second touchdown of the night with less than six minutes played in the game.
"They were keying on us: myself, Hineline and MacIntosh by stacking the line against the run, but we are focused. We have a date in Tacoma," said Tager who finished the night with 155 yards on 15 carries.
Woodinville's third score came after Zach Tuiasosopo recovered a fumble on the Eastlake 3 yard line. Hineline scored at the 1:42 mark of the first period.
All three Curtis Cruz PATs were good, and the Falcons led 21-0 at the end of one period.
Wolves QB Matt Berry threw to Kyle Yasui for a 49 yard Eastlake score.
Eastlake's Guilford scored late in the 2nd quarter. Both of their points after touchdown were blocked by WHS linebacker Aaron Hineline. First he blocked the extra point kick, and when the Wolves went for the two-point conversion following their second TD, he knocked down a Matt Berry pass. Woodinville went into halftime with a 21-12 lead.
Eventhough Eastlake crept back to within nine points, the Falcons' better conditioning was the difference in the game.
"Everybody spent time in the weight room this summer because we knew we would be up against bigger players," said Hineline who had 122 yards on 17 carries.
The real story of the game was Woodinville QB Chris Billmaier who rolled his ankle on the second play of the game; later in the first period it was also stepped on.
With one bad wheel, Billmaier was not able to plant his right foot to throw, and more importantly it hurt his performance as the distributor in the Falcon option attack.
"With Billy's limited running we were forced to run between the tackles. I'm proud of him and a lot has to be said about how hard Hineline and Tager ran in the second half.
"It was all up the middle," head coach Terry Agnew said.
"We couldn't have done it without the play of our offensive line," said Hineline who often ran with Eastlake players hanging on. "They really worked hard on the blocking sled and it showed tonight."
"Our offensive line's confidence has grown with composure," line coach Mark Leander said. "Zach Hubbell, Greg Lubetkin, Jacob Cooney, Kiel Pidgeon, Rodriquez and Tuiasosopo all get credit for the win. They opened holes for our backs."
Woodinville scored twice more in the second half on MacIntosh's 23 yard run and Hineline's 2 yard line. The Cruz PATs were good to make it a 35-18 final score.
In other Northshore prep football news, Bothell (2-0) beat the Lake Washington Kangaroos 24-21. Lake Washington scored early in the fourth on a Nesby Glasgos 15-yard run putting the Kangaroos (0-2) up 21-17. But Bothell's Jordan Fix scored on a 79-yard pass from quarterback Josh Speed in the fourth quarter to win the thriller and stay unbeaten. Derek Carlisle had 16 carries for 69 yards.
In a Thursday game Inglemoor handily defeated Franklin High School 40-14.