September 18, 2000
Falcons Tame Rough Riders
by Russ Paris
Woodinville playing in their first Thursday night game at Pop Keeney unleashed a herd of running against the Roosevelt Roughriders.
The Falcon veer option confused the Roosevelt defense. The Falcons, led by junior quarterback Kevin Agnew, drove the field the first three times it had the ball to score. By the beginning of the 2nd quarter the Falcon (Phanatics) crowd support were yelling "It's all over" as Woodinville ran up a 21 to 0 lead.
The game started with the Falcons kicking off. The defense led by Eric Reagen, Kyle West and Ben Tomlo (six tackles each) stopped the Teddies on the 1st drive. The tone was set by this hard-hitting stop unit as Roosevelt was only able to manage two first downs compared to Woodinville's 18.
"We concentrated on stopping them by flying to the tackle, every man to the ball helping out," said senior linebacker Kyle West.
The Falcon defense was so swarming it held Roosevelt to 81 yards, compared to Woodinville's 371 yards gained.
"We not only wanted to win we wanted to stop them as a team. This team really likes each other, we all get along and take pride in stopping the offense as a unit," said junior linebacker Eric Fergen.
At the 49-yard line, WHS started their series with three successive runs.
Jacob Stern ran for 11 yards, then Blake MacIntosh (The Diesel) reversed 16 yards up the middle, followed by Kevin Agnew's runs of 7 yards and 8 yards to take it into paydirt. The Ben Hoffer kick was good to make it WHS 7 RHS 0.
The Falcon defense stops the Teddies and the Falcons take over on downs at the 42. On the first play, junior quarterback Kevin Agnew runs 17 yards on an option keeper. Agnew, looking more like a fullback, advanced with several tailbacks hanging on him. True fullback senior Blake MacIntosh took it in from the 2-yard line to give the Falcons a 14 to 0 lead.
On Woodinville's next possession starting at their own 38 the Falcons ran the veer option keeper. Agnew displayed elusive ball handling; fakes completely fool the Teddy defense.
He first fakes putting the ball in MacIntosh belly up the middle, then ran the option with Stern on his hip for a pitch out around end. Agnew makes the quick decision, based on a split-second read on the defense, keeps the ball and turns up field for a 56-yard run to the Roosevelt 8 yard line. Stern runs it up the middle to make it 21 to 0.
Agnew running the Falcon option reminded this sports writer of a fellow Falcon who now runs the option for the University of Washington (Marques Tuiasosopo).
Agnew's running ability gained 132 yards gross on 16 carries. He was followed by Jacob Stern's 123 yards on 14 carries.
Blake (The Diesel) MacIntosh gained 58 tough yards up the middle on 11 carries. Two new ball carriers this year, Ben Tomco, had 34 yards on 2 carries including a 31 yard T.D. run in the 4th quarter to secure a 41 to 12 Falcon victory and Ivanhoe Keo had 23 yards on 4 carries.
It was Agnew's running the option that amassed the yards. He made the right decisions giving the ball to the back that would find the hole.
"It was our offensive line that blew open the holes," he said. "It was easy for me to run the option; the line did such a good job, especially senior Kyle Turner and Junior Casey Crawford who was making his first start."
Roosevelt's lone bright spot was Duncan Sherrand. With WHS up 21 to 0 Sherrand ran the onsuing kickoff back 88 yards to make it 21 to 6.
Then with the score 24 to 6 (after a Ben Hoefer 1st of 2 field goals for the night) Serrad ran 69 yards untouched around end to make it 24 to 12. Agnew's final T.D. run of 13 yards and Tomco's final score concluded the scoring.
Woodinville dominated in every quarter of this game expect the 3rd. Penalties and bad field position slowed down the Falcons in the 3rd.
The only Falcon bright spot was Ben Tomco's recovering a 3rd quarter fumble to stop a Rough Rider drive.
As good as the Falcons line played to open the holes, it still needs work on pass protection of Q.B. Agnew. Agnew, who has displayed a touch with throwing the ball, was rushed all night in passing situations. The Falcons offensive unit will be in high gear when they can provide time to pass as well as run the option.
The season is young and Woodinville is now one win and one loss.
The Falcons play again Thursday night against Juanita.