September 24, 2000
Woodinville muzzles the Bulldogs
by Russ Paris
Special to the Weekly
Woodinville fenced in the high-powered Garfield Bulldogs last Thursday night at Pop Keeney Stadium. The Falcons kept their streak of Thursday night wins going at four.
The Bulldogs were limited to 63 yards in the first half as the Falcon defense chained the dogs to their own goal post. It wasn't until the last minutes of the first half that Garfield crossed midfield on an Isaiah Stanback pass. The Falcons then dug in to hold Garfield scoreless until the third quarter.
Offensively, the game showed a rejuvenated Falcon offense.
"We vowed as a team never to come out flat again after last week's loss.We had a good week of practice and it carried over into tonight's game," said senior quarterback Kevin Agnew. "I have to hand it to our defense (who) rose up to play and contain Isaiah Stanback. He is the best athlete we have played against in my three years of varsity football."
Junior running back Nick Acker (12 carries for 78 yards) started Woodinville's scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run. Ben Hoefer's kick was good for a 7-0 Falcon lead in only the second minute of play.
Playing with great intensity, the Falcon defense forced the Dogs to punt on 4th down. The snap from center was over the kicker's head for a safety; the two points gave WHS a 9-0 lead.
"Our energy level rose for this game," said Head Coach Terry Agnew, happy with his troop's effort. "It was about time, especially when playing against someone the caliber of Stanback. He is as good as advertised."
In the second period, senior running back Eric Norris was unstoppable starting on his own 47 and running 22 yards to the 31. He had eight carries for 132 yards for the night. A penalty moved the ball to the 16 and Norris ran it to the 4-yard line. Quarterback Kevin Agnew faked the option taking it in himself for a 16-0 lead.
Junior cornerback Michael-Ryan Pattison provided a defensive thrill when he went high in the night sky to knock down a Stanback pass stopping a drive by the Dogs.
Then Norris took the handoff, hit the hole off tackle, bounced to the right, shot past the linebacker, sidestepped the safety and outran the Dog pack for a 71-yard touchdown and a 23-0 score.
WHS added two more touchdowns as Nick Acker scored from 5 yards out on a nifty run and sophomore Matt Tuiasosopo showed his defensive sense for the ball when he intercepted a Garfield pass and ran it back 18 yards putting the Bulldogs down 36-0 at the half.
Garfield scored two touchdowns in the second half for a final score of 36-14.
Defensively, the Falcons were led by senior linebacker Eric Fergen's 10 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Senior defensive lineman Ben Tomco (four tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery) was around the ball all night. Junior Jared Todesco flew into the flow from his outside linebacker spot earning him accolades for his nine tackles.
The 2-1 Falcons are in the hunt for a Kingco playoff spot. Their next game is Friday, Sept. 28, against Inglemoor at Pop Keeney at 7:30 p.m.
In other Northshore action, Bothell fell to Eastlake 29-0 and Inglemoor beat Franklin High School 35-14.