Northwest NEWS

November 1, 1999

Sports

Falcon 'Father Knows Best' in homecoming win

by Russ Paris, special to the Weekly

   Woodinville was forced to rely on a second-half comeback to defeat Eastlake High School 27-10 last Friday at the Falcons' homecoming game.

   The Falcons, who have won 11 consecutive homecoming games, traditionally wear their all-green uniforms for homecoming.

   "We were pumped, wearing all green, including our special green pants, and wanted to do well for ourselves and the past graduates. We didn't want to be the ones who ended the steak," said Blake McIntosh, whose hard running in the second half ignited the Falcons.

   In the overflow crowd were many former players, including running backs Coby Dillon ('95) and Aaron Hineline ('99).

   Maybe the Falcons were thinking about the homecoming dance or the victory string as they started the game tentatively and played sluggishly in the first half. With the Wolves keying on Zach Tuiasosopo, the only offense the Falcons had was the running of Kevin Agnew.

   Eastlake ran the ball on the Falcon defense on their first possession, but WHS defensive back Kyle McComb made a saving tackle to halt the Wolves' drive and forced a Kevin Adams' 30-yard field goal. The Wolves scored again on a Scott Dibello 2-yard run to take a 10-point lead at the half.

   Midway through the second period, sophomore QB Kevin Agnew discussed his inability to move the Falcon offense consistently. His coach (and father) told him he knew his stuff--to stick with the game plan and not to second guess what they were doing out there. "He is young and impatient and wants to do well," head coach Agnew said.

   Maybe it was the homecoming crowd singing the Falcon victory fight song, but more than likely, it was dad's advice to his son to stay with it that led to the Falcon's comeback. A high snap over the Wolves' punter's head also helped and resulted in a safety for the Falcons.

   With those two points and possession of the ball on Eastlake's 40, Jacob Stern ran 12 yards to the 28. McIntosh then ran it 19 yards, after taking several hits, to the 9-yard line. From there, Jacob Stern ran it in. The Falcons, down 8-10, then gambled on a 2-point conversion pass to Stern to tie the score at 10.

   The Falcons, who seem to let turns of events fire them up rather than individual players, then went on a wolf hunt. The Falcon defense held the Wolves at the 34-yard line, and the offense took over at the 7:48 mark of the fourth quarter.

   McIntosh blasted down the sidelines for 14 yards to the 38, after which Agnew showed his running abilities taking it to the 16 and then to the 2. From there, Tuiasosopo powered it in to give WHS a 17-10 lead.

   "We ran the same plays in the second half as we ran in the first. We knew if we stuck with it, our execution would be there, and we would wear their defense down and put points on the board," said coach Agnew, whose wisdom paid off with 21 fourth-quarter points for the Falcons.

   On the defensive side in the 4th quarter, Zach Tuiasosopo tipped down a critical 4th down Eastlake pass, and on the next series, sacked the Wolves' quarterback to kill the drive. He also punted the ball 55 yards into the coffin corner at the 2-yard line and still found the energy to run 77 yards on 19 carries, most of which came in the second half, helping the Falcons to a 23-10 win.

   In halftime ceremonies, defensive linebacker Dan Howard was named homecoming king and Tiffany Doorn was elected queen.

   In other Northshore action, Lake Washington topped Bothell 21-10, and Inglemoor bested Garfield 35-12.

   This Friday, Woodinville meets Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Stadium at 7:30 p.m., and Bothell hosts Roosevelt at Pop Keeney on Saturday at 7 p.m.