October 26, 1998
Woodinville beats cross-district rival Bothell
by Russ Paris
In a football game that resembled a track meet during the first quarter, the mentally tough Falcons put down the upset-minded Cougars. Woodinville, which has started patchwork lineups the last two weeks, saw several seniors play hurt for their last home game.
"We played hurt, but it was important that we were here on Senior Night," Jeremy Tager said. "The team dedicated the game to Casey Carlson who couldn't suit up because of a muscle tear."
Tager ran for 178 yards, three rushing TDs and caught a 57-yard pass.
QB Billmaier, also just back from a three week injury, passed for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
Bothell scored early after a 57-yard pass play; halfback Paul Balzotti ran it in.
On the Falcons' first play from scrimmage Tager ran 61 yards right to the 1-yard line, and Aaron Hineline bulled it in to tie the score at 7.
The Cougars came right back on a 30-yard Seth Breckenridge run, and the score was BHS 14-WHS 7 with only four minutes gone in the first quarter.
WHS came back with a 41-yard Jamie Franklin run around left end to tie the score at 14.
The Falcon defense finally stiffened, and after holding the Cougars, WHS QB Billmaier dropped back in the pocket and launched a 57-yard bomb to Tager to put the Falcon ahead 21-14. WHS then went on a 28-3 scoring spree with a 41-yard run by Franklin and another Billmaier pass to Blake McIntosh to make the score 42-14 at the half.
The Falcon assault continued in the third period as Tager ran for 39 yards after a 31-yard field goal by Curtis Cruz.
Bothell fought back with a 57-yard run by Breckinridge, but Tager's 24-yard run ended the 4th quarter scoring at 57-25. The win leaves the Falcons (6-1) in the driver's seat. "If we win our remaining two games against Roosevelt and Inglemoor, we will get the second Kingco seed in the state playoff system," WHS head coach Terry Agnew said.
Defensively, Josh O'Hair got the Falcon Big HIt of the NIght. Defensive back Chris Wille picked off a pass and Zach Tuiasosopo did his ususal damage in the Bothell back field. Aaron Hineline and Jamie Franklin each had six tackles.
The Falcons' next game is Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against Roosevelt.