October 29, 2001
Woodinville loses to Eastlake powerhouse
by Russ Paris
Special to the Weekly
On a rain-drenched field, the Woodinville Falcons gave the undefeated Eastlake Wolves football team all they could handle. The Falcon defense completely shut down the high-powered EHS offense (averaging 45 points per game) in the first quarter. The upset-minded Falcons played the Wolves to a 7-7 halftime tie.
Joel Newberry, Kingco leading rusher, scored for Eastlake at the beginning of the second quarter. Down 0-7 the Falcons' feathers were ruffled, and they countered on their next series with a spectacular 38-yard touchdown run by Eric Norris.
"The turning point of the game was when we allowed them to score on their first two possessions of the second half," said WHS coach Mike Bertram. "But I was tremendously proud of the way our team found a way to get the job done with our backs to the wall."
Eastlake is a big, fast team. They fell behind Inglemoor 21-0, then came back to win 45-24.
The Wolves pounded the middle of the smaller Falcon line. This left the corners vulnerable to sweeps ‹ plays EHS used to score two third quarter touchdowns.
This year's Falcons have wings as Kevin Agnew threw a picture-perfect high arching rainbow spiral to a streaking Matt Tuiasosopo who ran past all the Wolves for a 72-yard touchdown.
With the Birds down by just 7 (14-21) the Wolves went to work.
The Falcon defense dug in time after time as Eastlake had the ball in the Woodinville red zone (inside the 20). The Falcons showed their fortitude an forced the Wolves to try for unsuccessful field goal attempts.
Late in the fourth quarter the Birds had a drive going that would have tied the game with a two-point conversion, but a fumble turned the ball over to EHS.
Then an Eastlake field goal ended the night's scoring with a 24-13 victory over Woodinville.
Agnew was 6 of 11 passing for 147 yards and one touchdown.
In other Kingco action, Bothell defeated Juanita 10-7, and Redmond upset Inglemoor 25-7.
In the Kingco playoff picture, Eastlake clinched the title with the win over Woodinville. The possibility of a three-way tie for the second spot exists if WHS defeats Juanita (Thursday night at Pop Keeney) and Inglemoor beats Bothell on Friday night.