Northwest NEWS

October 2, 2000

Sports

Diesel power wins it for Falcons

* by Russ Paris
   Special to the Weekly
   On a night when it looked like Woodinville's offense had filled up with bad gas and was not running on all cylinders, it was the man they call the Diesel who sparked them into the end zone for a 7-6 gridiron victory over the Redmond Mustangs.
   Blake MacIntosh, a 6'0", 230 lb. fullback, ran for 100 yards on 13 carries.
   McIntosh's diesel power was the highlight in an otherwise sluggish Falcon offense that fumbled seven times losing the ball four times.
   The Falcon Gang Green Defense stopped the Mustang ground game cold in the first half and kept the Falcons in the game. Woodinville held Redmond to a -3 yards rushing in the first half and only allowed six yards on the ground for the entire game.
   The Woodinville defense has been the key to their wins this year.
   Neither team could move the ball in the first period and it ended 0-0. Both teams moved the ball in the second period, but Woodinville's three fumbles and Redmond's missed field goal opportunities kept the score at 0-0 for the half.
   The second half started like the first. Woodinville's fourth fumble gave RHS the ball on the 38.
   Redmond passed their way down to the WHS 7. But Falcon Eric Fergen stopped the drive with a fumble recovery. Then Jacob Stern and Kevin Agnew teamed up to move the ball out to the 43.
   This set the stage for the WHS version of a tractor pull. MacIntosh started his run up the middle.
   He bounced off two tacklers and drifted laterally toward the sideline. At that point he was trampled by seven Redmond tacklers, but wouldn't go down.
   The pile kept moving slowly, and with no whistle from the referee to stop the play, McIntosh broke free for a 57-yard scamper down the short sideline for the score.
   The Ben Hoefer kick made it 7-0 at the end of three periods.
   "I just kept my legs churning," MacIntosh said. "I was not going to let them take the Diesel down. I was able to spin away from them. I kept my compass on their goal line and fortunately was headed the right way for a score when I pulled away from the pile."
   Redmond scored early in the fourth period, but an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Mustangs moved the ball back, and the extra point kick was wide left. The Falcons led by one, 7-6.
   Preserving the win for the Falcons was Josh Stern. With Redmond driving to the WHS 32 yard line and a 4th and 8 situation, they had to go for it with a pass as time was running out.
   "I knew it was coming my way," said senior defensive back Josh Stern. " I saw their quarterback Brian Sheppard would be throwing to their leading receiver Klingerman one more time. I positioned myself at the first down stick that they had to reach, and as he came my way, I gave him a little push and came around to knock the ball down."
   This was an important win for the Falcon seniors who through their last years of junior football and their high school seasons had lost to Redmond for five consecutive years.
   Kyle West's 15 tackles led the Falcon defense.
   Woodinville's defense, which ranks second in KingCo giving up only 229 yards per game was even more stingy against Redmond, giving up just 204 yards.
   The Gang Green Defense held Redmond's Evan Benjamin, the league's top rusher at 180 yards per game, to just 17 yards on 12 carries.
   "A win like this solidified the team," said Woodinville's Matt Goodman. "This is how the season gets turned around. We held them so many times by playing our hearts out."
   "Our kids never quit, just plain never let up," said defensive coach Mike Bertram.
   The next game for Woodinville (3-1) is against Lake Washington Friday, Oct. 6, at Pop Keeney Stadium at 7:30 p.m.