September 16, 2002
A red letter day for Falcons and new coach, Mark Leander
by Russ Paris
Special to the Weekly
New Falcon head coach Mark Leander was pleased to get his first win out of the way.
"It wasn't pretty, but we came out ahead on the scoreboard," Leander said of Woodinville's 36-18 win over the Franklin Quakers last Friday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. "The kids did well considering the new coaches and plays. They had a lot to contend with but still played well enough to win the game. We kept it simple with all that was going on and still managed to score 36 points.
"This was a red letter day on the calendar for the Woodinville High School football team," said Leander. "We haven't played well against the Quakers the previous two years. We really wanted this win."
Junior quarterback Matt Tuiasosopo led the Falcon rushers with 88 yards on 14 carries and completed five passes in 10 attempts. He was also the leading Falcon tackler with 10 tackles from his safety position.
On the Falcon's first play from scrimmage, Brady Galloway ran to his left for five yards, and on the next play Tuiasosopo faked the handoff and dove around left end for 19 yards to the Franklin 16-yard line.
Showing his speed, Galloway then shot around end for six more yards.
Two plays later Tuiasosopo, showing some shifty moves himself, punched the ball in for six points, followed by the first of place kicker Bryce Wenker's three PATs.
At the 2-minute, 46-second mark of the game, Franklin got their first offensive opportunity, which was quickly shut down by the Falcon green monster defense.
"They gave us the dive play all night, which is usually good for three or four yards, " said Leander. "It is a quick hitter with no lead blocker, and Nick Acker turned them into 6-yard gains. He ran hard all night with 14 carries for 76 yards. He can be another great fullback in the tradition of Pat Coniff, Aaron Hineline, Blair McIntosh and Zach Tuiasosopo."
Although hampered by fumbles in the second half, Tuiasosopo, Mark Thompson, Acker and Galloway all scored, with Wenker adding a field goal.