Northwest NEWS

May 3, 1999


WHS connection scores for the Huskies

Huskies football

Pat Coniff (#6) scores for the Huskies as former Woodinville teammate Marques Tuiasosopo (#11) celebrates. The two former Woodinville High School standouts connected to score the only two touchdowns for the day.
Photo by Russ Paris.

by Russ Paris, special to Northwest News

   The Woodinville connection to University of Washington football, Marques Tuiasosopo and Pat Coniff (both from WHS class of 1996), started and starred for the Huskies in the UW's annual spring game.

   Tuiasosopo and Coniff played on the first team for new Husky coach Rick Newheisel's offense. Tuiasosopo, who is earmarked as the field general for the Huskies, completed 12 of 27 passes for 134 yards. The receivers, however, looked unfamiliar with the new routes and dropped many passes.

   Coniff, the fullback for the Falcons and now the Huskies, got a new uniform number this year, going from #47, a blocking back, to #6, usually reserved for a wide receiver.

   Coniff was the star of the gam,e scoring two touchdowns. The first was an 8-yard pass over the middle from Tuiasosopo in which Coniff showed the soft hands of a receiver. The second was a 6-yard blast up the middle after taking a hand-off from Tuiasosopo. Those two TDs were all the Huskies scored that day.

   "It's a whole new system to learn in a short period of time," Coniff said after his fourth quarter touchdown run. "The offense suffered, but we're going to get better; it was fun to score with Marques again, just like high school."

   Coniff was used in many situations, and with his blocking ability, running, and newfound sticky fingers, he should see a lot of playing time with Tuiasosopo and the first string Huskies next fall.

   Saturday's game concluded spring practices. The Huskies open the 1999 season on national TV against Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.