November 9, 1998
by Russ Paris
The WHS Falcons tuned up for the Sweet Sixteen state playoffs at the expense of the Inglemoor Vikings.
But the state-bound Falcons struggled with upset-minded Inglemoor during the first half.
The first WHS score came on a 6-yard run by Kris Billmaier. On their next possession, fullback Aaron Hineline (15 carries for 153 yards) set up another TD by Billmaier from the one.
Both extra point kicks by Curtis Cruz were good for a 14-0 score in the first quarter.
In the second period, the Inglemoor defense stacked the line with eight players taking away the Falcons' ability to gain field position with the option.
The Viking offense rallied behind Caleb Eastman whose 9-yard run and 35-yard pass to Sorensen tied the score at the half at 14-14.
"This is just what we needed to get ready for the playoffs, to be in a dog fight with both teams scrapping hard," head coach Terry Agnew said. "Even though we have beat Inglemoor the last five years, they always play us tough."
This was the last game for many Inglemoor seniors, and they played like it was their bowl game hitting hard and swarming to the ball.
The Green Monsters, however, returned in the second half with half-time adjustments made by coaches Terry Agnew, Mike Bertram, and Mark Leander.The Falcon linemen began to run traps by blocking down opposing linemen one way, then blocking in the other direction to open holes for a lead runner who was followed by the ball carrier.
The Falcon domination in the second half continued with Hineline scoring in the third quarter to make it 21-14. The mental toughness and conditioning of the '98 version of the Falcons showed as they socred 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Jamie Franklin, who rushed for 121 yards, scored the final two touchdowns from 13 and 50 yards respectively.
The seriousness of this Falcon squad is exemplified by senior Aaron Hineline when asked how he felt about his last home game.
"We were not thinking about Pop Keeney Field, but about getting ourselves ready for the playoffs. We want to redeem ourselves at the Lincoln Bowl," Hineline said. "I also want to thank the linemen who made holes that allowed the backs to run in the second half."
Defensively, Derek Jackman and Mike Wagner had six tackles each, followed by Hineline and Chris Wille with five and four.
The 'Big Hit' for the Falcons was shared by Zach Tuiasosopo and Derek Jackman.The Woodinville defense held Inglemoor's offense to just 26 yards on 25 carries while the Falcons rushed for 369 yards.
The Falcons (7-1 for the season) are rated #11 in the state. They will play a regional game this Friday night against Wilson (ranked #2 by the Seattle Times) of the Narrows League.
For information about charter buses to the WHS-Wilson game, call the Woodinville Weekly at 483-0606.