October 9, 2000
Woodinville jumped by Kangs
by Russ Paris
Special to the Weekly
In a Saturday night game at Pop Keeney Field, it was Woodinville's generosity that gave the Lake Washington Kangaroos the chance they needed to hang around until they could unleash their new-found offensive weapon.
Woodinville appeared to be playing the part of Santa Claus. In a game that should have been played in December rather than October, WHS gave up the ball four times on six fumbles.In the first quarter, Woodinville, behind the running of Blake MacIntosh (90 yards on 11 carries), advanced the ball to the six-yard line. The Falcons fumbled away that scoring opportunity. On the next Woodinville possession, a fumble stopped the drive, but Falcon Ben Hoefer's 23-yard field goal gave the Birds a 3-0 lead.
At this point, Lake Washington unleashed rookie senior running back Michael Johnston. On his second carry of the game, he raced for 86 yards to put the Birds down 7-3. The Falcons then drove back down the field behind the running of Ivanhoe Keo's 11 carries for 51 yards. Again a Falcon miscue ended the scoring threat. The Kangs struck quickly on a Darion Powell 56-yard touchdown reception from Dan Gillison.
The Falcon Gang Green Defense which held Lake Washington to a minus-2 yards of offense and no first downs gave up two big plays to find themselves down by 11 at the half 14-3. Those big plays and two more runs by Kang's Johnston of 53 and 82 yards took the air out from under the Falcon's wings.
Kevin Agnew's late 27-yard touchdown pass to Casey Priseman made the final score 20 (LWHS) to 10 (WHS).
The second half was a hard-hitting contest. Several dropped passes and injuries to key players hurt the Falcon effort. Kyle West's 12 tackles led the Falcon stop unit.
The Falcons (3-2) play Garfield Friday, Oct. 13, at Memorial Stadium.