October 5, 1998
Russ Paris/staff photo
Backup Woodinville quarterback Mike Wagner prepares to take a snap during last week's game at Redmond. The Falcons lost senior quarterback Kris Billmaier due to an ankle injury in the early going.
by Russ Paris
The Woodinville Falcons were trampled by the Redmond Mustangs last Friday night by a score of 49-0, dropping their record on the season to 3-1. Redmond is now 4-0.
Woodinville suffered from injuries and turnovers in the shutout. The Falcons fumbled on their first drive at the Redmond 6-yard line, and their second drive stalled inside the Mustangs 20-yard line. Momentum began to swing towards Redmond at that point.
Injuries hurt the Falcons. Four starters, linebacker Derek Jackman, defensive back Casey Carlson, and linemen Chris Robinson and Dan Howard, didn't suit up for the most important game of the season so far.
And what was possibly the final blow came in the first quarter when senior quarterback Kris Billmaier went out with an ankle injury. Although replacement quarterback Mike Wagner, a junior, made several good runs (44 yards rushing), the Falcons did not have enough ropes to stop the Stangs' stampede.
Woodinville's offense was shut down by their own mistakes--the fumble at the 6, an interception in the end zone. Jeremy Tager, who rushed for 57 yards, was stopped inches from the goal on a fourth-down play, keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard.
The Falcons next play Garfield at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9.