Northwest NEWS

October 4, 1999


Falcons fail to corral Mustangs in 27-7 loss

WHS football

Kevin Agnew, #7, prepares to take the snap during Woodinville's losing effort against Redmond last Friday night.
Photo by Russ Paris.

by Russ Paris, special to the Weekly

   Woodinville played their neighboring rivals, the Redmond Mustangs, dead even for all but the final five minutes last Friday in a 27-7 loss for the Falcons at Pop Keeney Field.

   Woodinville's first home game was a defensive struggle. The Falcons played well without fumbles for the majority of the game. It was, however, WHS turnovers that swung the game in the final minutes.

   The Falcons took the opening kickoff and jabbed at the Redmond defense with runs by Jake Stern and Zach Woodward, along with the heavy running of Zach Tuiasosopo, who had 10 carries for 81 yards. The Mustangs responded with the hard running of tailback Evan Benjamin with 22 carries for 157 yards.

   Redmond scored first when quarterback Brian Sheppard connected with Josh Pelham for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Falcons responded by running the kickoff back to midfield. Jacob Stern passed 42 yards to Kyle McComb to the RHS 33. The drive failed on fourth and one at the 24-yard line.

   With a change at quarterback, sophomore Kevin Agnew engineered a sustained drive at the four-minute mark of the second quarter. Agnew first threw 13 yards, followed by a Zach Tuiasosopo 25-yard run to the Redmond 23-yard line. Agnew, in the option, pitched to tailback Jake Stern, who took it to the 14.

   Agnew then threw a 14-yard cross-field pass to Kyle McComb in the deep corner of the end zone. The PAT kick by Matt Phillips made the score 7-7 at the half.

   The third period was a slugfest for both teams. The Falcons seemed to be gaining momentum through better field position after each punt exchange, but at the five-minute mark, the Falcons fumbled the punt runback at their own 33. The defense stiffened and held the Mustangs to a 4th and 14 situation.

   The Mustangs then faked a pass to a receiver at the first down marker, and instead threw for a touchdown. Another fumble tripped up the Falcons on the ensuing kickoff, followed by an 11-yard pass from Sheppard to Pelham.

   Going from bad to worse, Redmond again recovered a fumble on the kickoff. With less than a minute left in the game, the Sheppard-Pelham connection scored again.

   In the game, Woodinville gained 161 yards on the ground, compared to Redmond's 157. The difference was in the air, where WHS had only 112 yards to RHS's 235. Kyle McComb's seven tackles led the Falcons.