Northwest NEWS

October 22, 2001

Sports

Falcons rough up the Riders in a homecoming win

by Russ Paris
   Special to the Weekly
   An overflow homecoming crowd at Pop Keeney Field, which included former WHS players Marques Tuiasosopo and Pat Conniff, watched the Falcons knock the stuffing out of the Teddies from Roosevelt.
   It was a game filled with exciting plays with the Woodinville offense overcoming fumbles to trounce the Roughriders 48-21.
   On a series of miscues, Roosevelt scored before the Falcons got on the board. But WHS came roaring back with a 28-point outburst in the second quarter led by sophomore Matt Tuiasosopo's three touchdowns.
   At the 6'21" mark of the second quarter, senior quarterback Kevin Agnew threw the first of his two touchdown bombs to junior receiver Mark Thompson on a post pattern tieing the game at 7.
   Both Agnew and kicker Ben Hoefer were at top form. Agnew had six completions on nine attempts for 83 yards as he threaded the needle all night. Hoefer made all his PATs and field goals, many of which were from long distances.
   On Roosevelt's first play from scrimmage, WHS sophomore defensive back Matt Tuiasosopo picked off a Thomas Troychack pass and returned it 18 yards for Woodinville's second touchdown. Hoefer's PAT made it 14-7 with 6'5" remaining on the clock for the half.
   But Tuiasosopo and the Falcons were just getting warmed up.
   Sacks of the Teddy quarterback by seniors Brandon Kissinger and Eric Fergen forced the Roughriders to attempt a punt which was blocked by senior Ben Tomco.
   With 1st and 10 on the RHS 27, the stage was set for Tuiasosopo to catch the ball, this time from his own quarterback on a 27-yard fly pattern, for the score, making it 21-7.
   Following a three and out series by Roosevelt, Agnew brought the green monster to the line of scrimmage and faked the belly series option to Eric Norris who hit a hole up the middle without the ball. Agnew, who was hiding the ball, ran the option to the right. He then pitched back to Tuiasosopo who in turn pitched a 25-yard cross-field strike to Norris who was open at midfield. Norris then dodged two Roughrider defenders to race 45 yards for the fourth Falcon touchdown in just over six minutes.
   "I liked getting the touchdown interception return because we practice hard on defense all week," said Matt Tuiasosopo after the game. "And I liked catching the touchdown pass from Kevin because it was a planned play. But mostly I liked throwing the touchdown pass to Eric who made a great catch and run because my older brother Marques was in the stands watching."
   The homecoming halftime show was spectacular with a fireworks display while the Falcon marching band played "Proud Mary" and "Great Balls of Fire."
   The intermission celebration turned out to be more exciting than the second half of play which seemed to feature penalty after penalty that dragged the game long into the night even after the outcome had pretty much been decided.
   The third and fourth quarters saw two more Hoefer field goals. In the third, Brady Galloway showcased his outstanding speed on a 50-yard touchdown run. The fourth quarter featured Nick Ackers' tough inside running which included a 6-yard touchdown plunge up the middle.
   Agnew and Galloway were the Falcon leading rushers with 56 and 74 yards respectively. Agnew directed the Falcons to 352 total yards. Casey Priseman's three receptions helped the Falcon air attack.
   Fergen's seven tackles and Kissinger's and Tomco's two quarterback sacks paced the Falcon defense.
   Woodinville's 5-2 record makes this Friday's game against Eastlake (7-0) a big one.
   In other Kingco action, Inglemoor beat Garfield 53-27 and Bothell was victorious over Franklin 34-12.