Northwest NEWS

October 7, 2002

Sports

Woodinville's Wenker kicks for win over Inglemoor

by Russ Paris
   Special to the Weekly
   Bryce Wenker, a 5-foot, 10-inch, 150-lb. senior was bull's-eye accurate on his three field goals of 37, 43 and 40 yards last Friday as the Falcons defeated cross-district rival Inglemoor 9-3.
   All three of Wenker's kicks split the uprights. He has been a soccer player since elementary school, and the Falcons needed his foot as the offense sputtered in the red zone (inside the Vikings' 20-yard line).
   Wenker credited his snapper, Jack Andrews, and holder, Mark Thompson.
   "It's a process. Andrews and Thompson were perfect," said Wenker. "All I had to do was kick it."
   Thompson, a 5-foot, 8-inch, 145-lb. defensive back, played big in the Falcon secondary nabbing four out of five WHS interceptions. He had two each in the second and fourth quarters, while teammate Casey Priseman had his interception of the season in the first quarter.
   The interceptions shut down the Vikings (1-3) as Woodinville (4-0) continued their dominance over Inglemoor with seven wins in the last 10 years.
   The Falcons drove the ball behind the running of Austin Matsui and Nick Acker. Quarterback Michael-Ryan Pattison did a nice job throwing the ball and running it on the option himself. But the Birds' drives were stymied by eight penalties, and the first quarter ended 0-0.
   Turnovers: The ball changed hands on three consecutive plays. Thompson made his first interception, however the Falcons fumbled the option pitch on the next play. Thompson, who would not let his previous effort be denied, intercepted his second pass within 45 seconds at midfield. Matsui then scrambled 28 yards down the sidelines to the 23. The Viking defense stiffened and after three attempts to move the ball to the 20, Wenker kicked a first field goal to end the half 6-0.
   Falcon cornerbacks Jared Todesco and Dave Running stopped the Viks top runner Blake Pritchett with only 26 yards on seven carries at the half.
   Inglemoor knew they were in a dog fight against the Green Monster defense of Woodinville as they tried several trick plays including double passes and a hook and ladder pass in which the ball is thrown to the tight end who in turn pitches it quickly to a trailing halfback.
   "Our defense never gave up a big play," said Mark Leander, head coach for the Falcons. "I credit our senior leadership and our defense for this win."
   The Vikings made a 32-yard second half field goal from Brennan Bronkman.
   Thompson saved his best interception for last. With less than two minutes to go in the game and the Falcons up by six, the Vikings were showing one last gasp in an attempt to win the game.
   Deep in Woodinville territory, Inglemoor brought in replacement quarterback Dan Howard.
   He hit two passes to move the ball to the 26 and then went for the jugular, passing to the goal line to Blake Pritchett who had his hands on it only to have the ball stripped away by Thompson.
   Terry Agnew honored at halftime
   During the halftime events, the Falcons honored former head coach, Terry Agnew. Past players, coaches and the Falcon Gridiron Club thanked Agnew for this 13 years at head football coach.