Northwest NEWS

October 8, 2000


WHS Falcons win shootout at Mustang corral

by Russ Paris
   Special to the Weekly
   It was a clear, crisp October night, perfect for a high school football game between neighboring town rivals.
   The Woodinville Falcons (3-1) came in as favorites against the Redmond Mustangs (2-2), but WHS needed a late 4th quarter blocked point- after -touchdown (PAT) by Matt Tuiasosopo and Jacob Ebner to secure the 27-26 win for Woodinville and dampen Redmond's homecoming celebration.
   The upset-minded Mustangs took the lead on a 40-yard touchdown pass after WHS scored first on a Ben Hoefer 22-yard field goal.
   Woodinville's first drive in the second quarter moved the ball down to the 2 on a 22-yard run by Eric Norris. A penalty set the ball back to the 7, and Hoefer kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it WHS 6, RHS 7 at the 9:32 mark of the second period.
   Redmond came back striking through the air on a 65-yard pass play from Rob Nelson to Jeff Danner to take a 13-6 halftime lead.
   After a halftime pep talk by the Woodinville coaches "to just play harder," the Falcons scored in their third quarter opening drive.
   Norris galloped 26 yards from his 45 to the Redmond 29-yard line. Quarterback Kevin Agnew ran it to the 11, then rifled the first of his two touchdown passes by throwing nine yards to the elusive junior Mark Thompson for the score. Hoefer's kick tied it at 13 all.
   The Falcons scored first in the wild fourth quarter in which 27 points were scored.
   Senior quarterback Agnew threw his second touchdown pass deep into the corner of the end zone to a leaping Matt Tuiasosopo.
   This 9-yard touchdown reception gave the Birds their first lead of the game, 20-13 at the 9:12 mark of the final quarter.
   The Mustangs, not to be fenced in tonight, raced 51 yards on two sweet passes by senior quarterback Rob Nelson.
   This set the stage for the most exciting play of the evening. With Falcon kick returner Brady Galloway standing on his own 5, the kick soared high in the night. Galloway drifted slowly forward and to his right to plant himself under the pigskin. Starting at the 9-yard hashmark, the 5'11" speedster jetted upfield.
   After three quick steps, he reached the 20 and was at full sprint as he veered left to midfield and past the first wave of defenders at the 30. The Falcon special team made several key blocks opening a big hole at midfield.
   I'm sure I saw a blue flame as Galloway turned on the afterburners and blasted off into the night on a 91-yard kickoff return giving the Falcons a 27-20 lead with just three minutes left in the game.
   Redmond, behind the strong arm of Nelson, took to the air for the final drive bringing them within 1.
   As in most great games, this one came down to one great play. Woodinville's defensive heroes were Tuiasosopo and Ebner, who, following a Redmond touchdown, foiled the PAT attempt when they blocked the ball on its way toward the goal post to secure a Falcon victory, 27-26.
   The 4-1 Falcons continue their flight toward a Kingco championship Friday night at Pop Keeney against Northshore rival, Bothell. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
   In other Northshore action, Bothell beat Lake Washington 20-6, and Inglemoor defeated Roosevelt 51-6.