Northwest NEWS

September 27, 1999


Falcon fumbles help Rebels rise

by Russ Paris, special to the Weekly

   The game was billed as one to be played and won in the trenches. Woodinville's foe, Juanita, has a big experienced line. However, Woodinville, with Joaquin Rodriguez and Kiel Pidgeon coming back and playing with casts on their broken hands, was expected to match up with the Rebels.

   The game began as expected, with both teams having trouble moving the ball until the 2:15 mark of the first period, when JHS scored to take a 7-0 lead.

   The tone for the game was set on the next two possessions. After a bad punt by the Falcon special team, Juanita took over on the WHS 48. Woodinville's defense stiffened, but Juanita's excellent place kicker, Mike McCabe, kicked a 42-yard field goal, and the Falcons trailed 10-0.

   The WHS offense fought their way to the 1-yard line, but a lost fumble stopped that drive.

   The Falcons' problems were twofold and repeated themselves all night. First, turnovers killed their drives. They commited eight fumbles, turning the ball over to the Rebels eight times. Second, each time they turned ball over, it gave Juanita good field position.

   Juanita scored on three of the four times it recovered a Falcon fumble. That 21-point spread was the difference in the game. The Falcons could have overcome the miscues, but errors by the special teams and the inability of the offense to sustain a drive resulted in the Falcons losing, 27-7.

   Woodinville's only scoring drive started at the 6:08 mark of the second period. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Agnew passed 38 yards to the Juanita 42. Then, on an option keeper, Agnew ran 19 yards to the 23. On 4th and 7 from the 20-yard line, Agnew found wide receiver Sterling Brown heading for the end zone. Agnew delivered a perfect strike to the leaping receiver.

   The third and fourth periods were a defensive struggle, with only three points scored. Woodinville's defense was led by Kyle McComb with 11 tackles, and Dan Howard with 9. WHS is now 2-1 on the season.

   In other Northshore action, Bothell beat Redmond, 33-27, and Inglemoor defeated Lake Washington, 12-7.