Northwest NEWS

November 8, 1999

Sports

Falcons fall to Vikings' voodoo

by Russ Paris

   Do you believe in black magic? Inglemoor's mystical streak of winning league titles every odd year in this decade (1991, '93, '95, '97, '99) continued with their victory last Friday over Woodinville, 13-12.

   Woodinville's 1999 football team was playing its final game against its cross-district league-leading rival, Inglemoor. It was a wet, bone-chilling evening at Pop Keeney, but neither the players nor the WHS fans seemed to mind the weather. There was electricity in the air as the Vikes needed the win to clinch the Kingco crown. The Falcons looked at the game as their big game, with a chance to upset the state-ranked Vikings and keep their own string of five consecutive wins over their neighbor intact.

   The Falcons had the intensity and played well enough to win their sixth straight game over Inglemoor, but fumbles and one big Viking play at the end of the game let their rival come from behind for a 13-12 win.

   "We played our hearts out nonstop for 48 minutes; it's a shame it had to end this way," Head Coach Terry Agnew said about his team's gallant effort.

   Inglemoor scored the first touchdown after a 58-yard run by its big fullback, Rob White. Falcon Sterling Brown caught him from behind at the 6. From there, Viking QB Caleb Eastman took it over the top to put IHS up by 7 in the first period.

   From that point, the Woodinville defense played at a level not seen so far this year. They kept the Vikings out of the end zone for the next three quarters until the last minute of the game. They stopped Eastman and the high-powered Viking offense by gang tackling and hard hitting.

   It was Falcon Seniors NIght, and graduating players Sterling Brown, Joaquin Rodriquez, and Zach Tuiasosopo all came up with fumble recoveries. Junior Josh Stern got in on the excitement by recovering a fumble of his own. Brown also added a interception to his defensive effort to give the Falcons a spectacular five take-away defensive night.

   The Woodinville offense also played inspired football, outrushing the Vikings 255 yards to 173. They were led by UW-bound Zach Tuiasosopo's 145 yards on 18 carries, giving him over 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Tuiasosopo's fumble recovery and QB Kevin Agnew's 7-yard run provided two touchdowns for the Falcons, who led 12-7 at the end of three quarters. Kyle West's 10 tackles led the Falcon defense.

   With IHS on their own 41 with just one minute left, time stood still. In a heartbeat, Caleb Eastman and his receivers, who had been stymied all night, threw a pass to Jake Wells, who was mysteriously uncovered. Wells then ran untouched into the end zone for the 1-point Viking victory. This eerie event left WHS fans and players stunned.

   Woodinville finishes their season at 5-4. Inglemoor now is 8-1, and will be the #1 Kingco 4A representative in the state playoffs. They will play the Curtis-Kentwood game winner this weekend at Pop Keeney.