Woodinville downs Liberty 34-17 in battle of top ten ranked teams

September 19, 2008

By Jim Feehan


Woodinville scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to spoil Liberty’s Sept. 12 home opener, 34-17.

In the nonleague game, the Falcons entered the contest ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, while the Patriots were ranked ninth among 3A scores. 

Two late drives by Woodinville (2-0) senior quarterback Tim Ip sealed the win for the Falcons in what was a close game up until halfway through the fourth quarter.

Woodinville senior running back Jordan Todesco scored on a 5-yard run around the left end with 6:48 remaining for a 27-17 lead. Woodinville then stopped Liberty on downs with 5:49 left in the game. The Falcons then moved 44 yards in six plays, capped off by a 1-yard scoring plunge by Ip with 2:41 remaining.

Liberty coach Steve Valach said the team would use the experience as a building block going into KingCo league play this week.

“It’s good to play a really good team,” he said. “You get a true reflection of how good you are when you play a tough opponent.” 

Liberty sophomore running back Chandler Jenkins scored on a 2-yard run to slice the deficit to 20-17 with 4:29 to go in the third quarter.

Ip opened the scoring in the second half with a 72-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Mike Brumfield with 8:49 left in the third.

Both teams scored just before halftime. With 3:49 in the second quarter, Woodinville went up 14-7 on a 3-yard scoring run by senior running back Matt Bumfield. Liberty kicker Keegan Bennett connected on a 28-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining before halftime to cut Woodinville’s lead to 14-10. 

The Falcons opened the scoring with a 20-yard run by junior wide receiver Trevor Kelly. Liberty tied it quickly on its next possession on an 18-yard touchdown run by senior running back Greg Ericksen. Senior running back Joseph Yea contributed with a 49-yard run.

The Falcons’ defense held the Patriots to 121 yards rushing, while Woodinville’s offense amassed 353 yards in total offense.

Liberty (1-1) opens KingCo 3A league play Sept. 19 at Mercer Island.

“They’re a Jekyll-and-Hyde team,” Valach said of Mercer Island. “They run the wishbone and eke out a 7-6 win over Lake Washington, and the next week they play a playoff team from last year and pass for nearly 300 yards in a 40-33 loss at Newport.” 

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or jfeehan@isspress.com.

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