October 25, 1999
Strategic planning by the Falcon defense is successful as WHS shut out Franklin in the first half last Friday night.
Photo by Russ Paris.
by Russ Paris, special to the Weekly
The Woodinville Falcons' offense was off the Richter Scale on Friday night as they jolted the Franklin Earthquake with 28 first-half points. The Falcon defense held up their end as offensive reserves played the second half in the 42-14 WHS win at Memorial Stadium.
The big tremor for the offense was the hard running of Zach Tuiasosopo. The powerful 6'2" senior poinds the turf when he runs, and the pop of his shoulder pads could be heard all the way into the stands as he ran into would-be tacklers for 168 first-half yards on nine carries. He finished the night with 198 yards on just three carries in the second half.
The seismograph was set off early by Zach's 60-yard run with only 2 1/2 minutes gone in the game. Matt Phillips' kick made it 7-0, Falcons.
Woodinville's Eric Fergen recovered a fumble on the Earthquake's first play from scrimmage. Jack Stern scooted outside for 30 yards, and the Falcons had their second score just 16 seconds later. Ben Hoefer, who alternated with Matt Phillips, kicked the extra point to make it 14-0.
Franklin, obviously rocked by the Falcon big hits, fumbled again. Following the recovery by WHS, Tuiasosopo popped for 30 yards to the 22, and on a play action, sophomore quarterback Kevin Agnew jolted Franklin with a 22-yard pass to Sterling Brown to give the Falcons 21 first-period points.
The second period marked the return of Falcon runner Blake McIntosh, who has been out most of the season with a leg injury. Mac's first run was for eight yards. Zach and Blake then ran it down to the 18, where Agnew again surprised everyone with an 18-yard touchdown pass to wingback Jack Stern to make the score 28-0.
Woodinville's defense rocked Frankln, causing six fumbles and one interception by Sterling Brown. Erick Fergen recovered two fumbles for the Falcons, and Josh Stern recovered another. Fullback Ivanhoe Keo, playing his first game at nose tackle, fell on another Quaker fumble. Kyle West and Dan Howard led the Falcons with eight tackles each, as Woodinville finished the game with 476 total yards to Franklin's 147.
The next game for the Falcons (4-3) is Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Eastlake.
In other Kingco action, Bothell continued winning against Garfield to improve to 5-2. Inglemoor (6-1) also won big, defeating Juanita to move into a first place tie.