Pat Coniff, #32, is a blur as he runs up the middle, recording 161 total yards on 11 carries with 3 TDs.
by Russ Paris
The Woodinville Falcons ran through Newport's defense in last Friday's 31-7 win over the Knights at Pop Keeney Field.
This KINGCO conference win should establish WHS as the top wishbone running team as Woodinville outrushed its opponent 285 yards to 150. Newport has been KINGCO's most successful rushing team of the 1990s.
The Falcons' strategy changed to running up the middle rather than turning the corner and sprinting up the sidelines in order to outsmart Newport's speed.
"It's my job as a running back to keep running and not go down," said the 6-foot, 225-lb. Pat Conniff, who went up the middle more than once with Newport tacklers hanging on. This Senior RB had 161 yards on 11 carries with 3 touchdowns, with running mates Marques Tuiasosospo (6 carries for 36 yards), Ryan Prentice (4 carries for 30 yards), and Blair McIntosh (6 carries for 38 yards), and a total of 104 yards among them.
QB Tuiasosopo had a good all-around game, running for a total of 44 yards, passed (3 for 8) for 60 yards, 96 total net yards, recovered a fumble, and made a touchdown-saving tackle at the WHS 5-yard line.
Woodinville scored first on Conniff's 66-yard touchdown run with only 5 minutes gone in the 1st quarter, running up the middle, and then going down the sideline for the score. Curtis Cruz kicked the extra point for the 7-0 score. Woodinville recovered a Newport fumble on the 40 yard line. McIntosh took it around the end to the 6 yard line on the next play. Coniff plowed the final 6 yards. Cruz kicked and made it 14-0 with 3:53 minutes left in the quarter.
In the 2nd quarter, Kurt Ahlstand kicked a 22-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead at the half.
The 3rd quarter saw both teams trade touchdowns. Mick Cooney scored for Newport and Coniff scored his 3rd touchdown on a 20-yard run, making it 24-7.
Woodinville's final score came with QB Tuiasosopo's 22-yard touchdown pass to Rooney Anderson in the corner of the end zone. The final extra point was kicked by Ahlstand for a final score of 31 to 7.
Woodinville's defense was tough in the red zone (inside the 20 yard line). Newport had four different possessions within the WHS 15 yard line, but was unable to score. The Falcon defense was led by B.J. Detmer with 10 tackles. Brian Kertson, especially tenacious on the goal line stands, made 6 tackles. Brigham Tomco had 5 tackles before leaving the game with an apparent hand injury.
"We need a good week of practice, consistency on the option, and without mistakes that cause penalties," said Coach Terry Agnew to the team after the game. Woodinville was penalized 110 yards, compared to Newport's 21.
Woodinville, with 2 wins and no losses, will face Redmond (1-0) in their first Crown Division counting game on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redmond field.