September 10, 2000
Falcons turn Kangs upside down
by Russ Paris
The Woodinville varsity football team showed a lot of heart when they came from behind late in the fourth quarter last Friday to win their league opener against Lake Washington.
Woodinville defense, which returned 8 of 11 starters, held Lake Washington to 182 yards for the night and only 39 yards after intermission. For a team that had a lot of problems last year, this year's Falcons showed they are a bonded group.
No one let down when several Woodinville drives were halted by fumbles in the second half.
With WHS up just 10 to 7 in the third quarter, another score would have given the birds more breathing room. The Falcon defense held the Kangs in check all night after their opening 15-play, 8-minute drive to give LWHS a 7-0 lead.
The Falcons came right back behind the running of Eric Norris (12 carries for 66 yards) and Dave Ronning (7 carries for 31 yards) to advance the ball inside the 20. Senior quarterback Kevin Agnew on the option faked to Norris then sprinted for a 13-yard TD.
The Ben Hoefer extra point and third quarter field goal gave the Birds a 10 to 7 lead.
Then disaster hit as an errant fourth quarter Agnew pass was picked off and returned 34 yards for the LW score and a 14-10 lead. Last year's Falcons may have folded. But this year's squad found unity in adversity.
"After that interception that's when you find out what kind of team you have. We were able to come right back and regain the lead," said Head Coach Terry Agnew.
Young Agnew made up for his miscue by engineering a four-play 75-yard game winning drive that was hightlighted by his 48-yard touchdown run along the sideline.
Sophomore Matt Tuiasosopo and senior Eric Fergen led the Falcon defense with 11 tackles each.
The next Falcon game is Friday against Franklin at Memorial Stadium, 5:30 p.m. kickoff.