Northwest NEWS

September 13, 1999

Sports

Woodinville showcases Zach attack

Woodinville varsity defeats rival Bothell Cougars at Pop Keeney, 21-10

by Russ Paris

   The large crowd at last Saturday night's football game between Woodinville and Bothell High Schools at Pop Keeney Field was entertained by the hard and fast running of Zach Tuiasosopo. Also on hand for the game was Marques Tuiasosopo, quarterback for the UW Huskies, who watched as his brother gained 171 yards on 20 carries with two TDs against the Bothell Cougars.

   Tuiasosopo's effort answered a big question for head coach Terry Agnew, "Who would step up and fill in for the loss of last year's senior runners, Jeremy Tager and Aaron Hineline?"

   Tuiasosopo had been moved from tight end to wing back this summer, but following a sluggish performance by the WHS offense in the preseason jamboree, coaches Agnew, Bertram, and Leander made the decision to move Zach to fullback.

   "We needed a big bruiser at fullback along the lines of Pat Conniff and Aaron Hineline to make this offense work," line coach Mark Leander said.

   Zach, at 6'2" and 215 lbs., fits the bill. He responded by racking up 101 yards in the first half with Cougar defenders hanging all over him. He scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards. He also showed exceptional speed for a big back in a 37-yard gallop in the fourth quarter.

   "He has only been our fullback for four practices; he played absolutely great," head coach Terry Agnew said.

   Following an opening play fumble by Bothell, Tuiasosopo pounded it up the gut to the 8 on successive runs. Then Blake McIntosh showed his outside speed as he raced around end for the Falcons' first TD with only three minutes gone from the clock. The extra point by sophomore kicker Matt Phillips made it 7-0.

   On their next possession, Bothell returned the kick-off to the 50, and behind the running of Paul Balzotti gained 11 more yards before the WHS defense stiffened and forced the Cougars' Brandan Lillian to kick a 39-yard field goal.

   Woodinville had several long drives in the second period, finally capitalizing on Tuiasosopo's 5-yard run to end the half at 14-3. The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth for a final score of 21-10.

   Key to victory for Woodinville was its experienced line made up of Jacob Cooney, Joaquin Rodriguez, Greg Lubetkin, Zach Hubbell, and Ryan Galloway, who is substituting for the injured Kiel Pidgeon.

   Senior lineman Joaquin Rodriquez was credited with causing and recovering a fumble, blocking a field goal attempt, and sacking the Bothell quarterback. Junior Kyle West made 12 tackles.

   The second half also marked the debut of sophomore QB Kevin Agnew, son of Coach Agnew, who took over after a fine performance by junior QB Jacob Stern.

   The next game for WHS is Saturday against Roosevelt HS at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.