Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999


Falcons become Kingco target

by Russ Paris, special to the Weekly

   Coaches for Juanita, Redmond, and now Lake Washington High Schools have all said it: "To beat a team like Woodinville, with its excellent program, is what we are aiming for."

   Even when Woodinville defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders, their coaches' post-game comments were, "I'll bet you didn't expect a game like this out of us."

   It is obvious from these comments that the Falcon football team, which has been to the state playoffs the last four years and is the most dominant team in Kingco this decade, are a marked team, and every opponent gets up for them.

   "We have played good football since the second half of the Juanita game [two weeks ago], but we can't seem to get the breaks," said assistant WHS coach Mike Bertram.

   The Falcons scratched and fought the LW Kangaroos last Friday night, losing 7-13. In fact, the Falcons played well enough to win. They held LWHS twice inside the 20-yard line and blocked a field goal.

   WHS, down by only six points with four mintes remaining, drove the length of the field to the Kangaroo 10-yard line. On first down, Zach Tuiasosopo ran it to the six. Two more running plays left it 4th and goal from the six-yard line.

   Wide receiver Sterling Brown faked a corner route, then ran a post pattern to get open, but just missed the pass that could have won the game for the Falcons.

   Woodinville outrushed the Kangs 237 to 173 yards. Tuiasosopo had 98 yards on 12 carries for one touchdown. Kyle McComb had 48 yards on two carries, giving him the highest average per carry. McComb also led the Falcons in tackles with 11, followed by Dan Howard with eight.

   The 2-3 Falcons will try to even their record next Saturday night in a home game against Garfield.

   In other Northshore football action, the Bothell Cougars (3-2) squeaked by Eastlake 7-6 in a Friday night game played in driving rain. The defensive struggle was punctuated by an 83-yard run by Seth Breckenridge in the first quarter, giving Bothell its only score. But the PAT was the difference in the game when Eastlake's attempt in the second quarter failed.

   Inglemoor (5-0) retained their perfect record Saturday night with a 38-0 win over Franklin. Vikings quarterback Caleb Eastman completed 13 of 16 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the winning effort.