October 15, 2001
Falcons clawed by Cougars
by Russ Paris
Special to the Weekly
The Woodinville Falcons went into their Friday night game against Northshore neighbor and Kingco rival, Bothell, with a 4-1 record. The Birds were in second place behind league-leading Eastlake (5-0).
The Falcons, whose play has been inconsistent, were looking to stay in the title contention after a lackluster performance against Franklin, their only loss. On the positive side, WHS played to near perfection against Inglemoor in a 23-0 win. However, the Falcons showed inconsistency again in their one-point win over Redmond last week.
The game against the Bothell Cougars began with the Falcons dominating play in the first quarter. Woodinville had great field position, several times driving into Bothell territory, only to be stymied by missed opportunities on their part and fourth downs when they had to turn the ball over on downs or punt to the Cougars.
The kind of night that was ahead for the WHS was revealed when the Falcons attempted a field goal, only to have Mr. Automatic, Ben Hoefer, suffer one of his rare isses.
Maybe it was the rainy weather and miserable conditions, or that the injury-ridden Falcons finally had fatigue catch up to the. But the fact last Friday night at Pop Keeney Stadium was that they just did not play well against the Bothell High School Cougars.
After playing tough for a quarter and a half, the Falcons were swept out of the sky by the Cougar attack. At the 6'27" mark of the second period, Bothell's speedy Sean Gallacher left feathers flying as he raced 80 yards to the end zone. The Judah Hecker kick was good for a 7-0 Cougar lead.
Still warmed up from his PAT, Hecker added a 32-yard field goal with just three seconds remaining in the second period to give the Cougars a 10-0 intermission lead.
The BHS seniors were honored on this special night for them in front of a sellout crowd of 2,600 fans.
In the second half the Cougars played inspired ball and at the 5'03" mark of the third quarter, Cougar wide receiver Steve Fore caught the first of two second half touchdown passes from quarterback Tyler Johnson.
Johnson connected on 8 of 19 passes for 112 yards with Patrick Ng catching one for a 15-yard run that ended the game with a 30-7 win for Bothell.
Woodinville's only score came on a Kevin Agnew four-yard pass to Casey Priseman.
The Falcons lost three of four fumbles and second half penalties kept them unproductive for the evening.
For the Woodinville, Nick Acker gained 56 yards on 11 carries, and for Bothell, Gallacher had 11 yards on eight carries.
The game left both teams with a 4-2 record and tied for second place. The top three teams will advance to the state playoffs.
In other Kingco action, Inglemoor lost to Eastlake 45-21 to remain tied with BHS and WHS with a 4-2 record.