Issaquah football team heads into playoffs after 20-13 win

October 30, 2012

By John Leggett

The Woodinville Falcons came swooping into Gary Moore Stadium on Oct. 26 and nearly ended the Issaquah High School football squad’s 2012 postseason dreams before they began.

Thanks to a suddenly stingy Issaquah defense and Issaquah’s skilled field goal kicker Alex Shane, Issaquah rallied back from a 13-7 halftime deficit and pulled out a 20-13 triumph, to advance to the 32-team KingCo 4A state playoffs.

For Issaquah, the first tournament hurdle will come against a 9-0 Federal Way team out of the South Puget Sound League 4A, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Federal Way Stadium.

Woodinville drew first blood as it ran in the ball from 3 yards out, but the point-after-touchdown kick went awry to put the Falcons up, 6-0.

Issaquah scored five minutes later on a Jack Gellatly 8-yard run and crept out to a slim 7-6 advantage.

Woodinville battled back to regain the upper hand before intermission, though, as it ran in the ball from 11 yards out, this time making the kick. Issaquah jogged into the locker room trailing 13-7 at the break.

Conjuring up a bit of wizardry to produce three scores in the second half, Shane booted field goals of 37 and 33 yards, respectively.

“Alex not only legged through those two field goals, while also nailing the PAT kicks, he kept sailing his kick-offs out of WHS’ end zone, allowing no kick returns,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said.

The score sat at an unlucky 13-13, but the Eagles culminated another long scoring march with one minute remaining.

Woodinville showed a little grit as it drove down to Issaquah’s 10-yard line, before the Eagles could stave off the late threat, took over on downs and ran out the time left on the clock to narrowly escape defeat.

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