Northwest NEWS

October 18, 1999

Sports

Falcons' Agnew-to-Brown connection bites Bulldogs

Sterling Brown

Sterling Brown.

by Russ Paris

   The Falcons appeared shellshocked and played listlessly in the first half against the Garfield Bulldogs, trailing 0-6 at the half. Garfield (1-5) outplayed the Falcons (3-3) in the first half, scoring on a 32-yard run. The extra point pass attempt failed.

   The Falcons seemed content to let their level of play equal the competition. However, coaches Agnew, Bertram, and Leander had different ideas. Bertram, the most vocal of the trio, delivered a halftime oration asking team members if they had it in them to step up and play Woodinville football.

   The Falcons came out awake in the third quarter. They ended their sleepwalk by rushing for 247 yards vs. Garfield's 106, most of which came in the second half. WHS was led by the pounding inside running of Zach Tuiasosopo, who hit the century mark with 100 yards on 16 carries. "Mr. Outside" Jacob Stern nearly duplicated that effort with 90 yards on 11 carries.

   It was Tuiasosopo's 32-yard run off left tackle that gave WHS its first points at the 4:32 mark of the third period. Matt Phillips' extra point kick gave the Falcons a 7-6 lead.

   Sterling Brown, senior wide receiver, was obviously upset by last week's loss to Lake Washington. In that game, he ran a perfect end zone route for the win, only to have the ball not match his effort, but he was not to be denied last Saturday night.

   After a 49-yard interception by Falcon corner Kyle McComb, WHS had its first and 10 on the Bulldog 29-yard line. Brown then ran the opposite route, a post, and faded to the back corner of the end zone after juking his defender to haul in a perfect spiral from sophomore quarterback Kevin Agnew, making the score 14-6.

   On the Falcon kickoff, Josh Stern recovered the Bulldog fumble and ran to the Garfield 25. Then "Air" Agnew ran the same play to Brown on the opposite side, but this time the defender played him closer after being burned 14 seconds earlier. However, Brown, in the right corner of the end zone, showcased his basketball vertical leap by going high to bring in Agnew's pass for another score putting the game out of reach, 21-6.

   "I'm really feeling good about making those two catches for the win," said a smiling Sterling Brown after the game. "Last week, the ball didn't get to me."

   Woodinville's defense was just as tenacious in the second half, holding the talented Bulldogs scoreless. Kyle West's 10 tackles led Woodinville. Dan Howard and Kyle McComb had eight each.

   Kevin Agnew hit 60 percent of his passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Agnew also ran for 33 yards for a total of 104 all-purpose yards.

   Woodinville plays Franklin this Friday at Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

   In other Northshore action, Bothell upset #1 Inglemoor 24-19, sending the Vikings to second place in KingCo 4A play.