Defense helps Edmonds-Woodway edge Snohomish 28-26 | FootballWarriors stuff 2-point conversion attempt
The Edmonds-Woodway defense came up big in Friday night’s game against Snohomish.
The Warriors stopped a 2-point conversion attempt by the Panthers to escape with a 28-26 victory in a Wesco 3A South football game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.
“They ran a sweep,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “We had a bunch of guys over there.”
The Panthers scored with just over a minute left in what was a back-and-forth contest.
Gradwohl said that he was a little concerned about his team’s mindset since it was coming off a thrilling 21-18 victory over Lynnwood a week earlier.
“We definitely made some improvements,” Gradwohl said. “I was a little concerned after the big win. It’s hard when you have to get back up to play a tough team. You’re not sure if you can get the team back together. Like any game, we missed some opportunities. Overall, I thought we played a pretty good game.”
The Warriors (4-0 in the league. 4-2 overall) took a 7-0 lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kameron Krall to wide receiver Jalen Nash. Snohomish responded with a 2-yard TD run by Keegan Stich. In the second quarter, a 4-yard TD run by sophomore running back Cappassio Cherry gave Edmonds-Woodway a 14-7 advantage, before the Panthers (2-2, 3-3) tied the score at 14 on a 16-yard pass from Brandon Jodock to Josh Johnston.
Edmonds-Woodway retook a 21-14 lead on a 1-yard run by Cherry early in the fourth quarter. Snohomish cut the lead to 21-20 on an 8-yard run by Stich, but the Panthers missed extra point attempt. Backup quarterback Reilly Chappell, who came when Krall was injured, extended the Warriors’ lead to 28-20 on a 1-yard run. The Panthers responded with a 17-yard pass from Jodock to Johnston to cut the lead to 28-26.
“We scored. They scored. We scored. They scored,” Gradwohl said. “All the way through, it was back and forth,”
Chappell guided the Warriors to their last two touchdowns.
“I’m super proud of Reilly,” Gradwohl said. “It was his first experience in a key situation.”
Cherry finished with 141 yards on 32 carries with most of his work coming in the second half.
“We didn’t run in a lot in the first half,” Gradwohl said. “In the second half, the offensive line really stepped up. The last two drives were all runs. They did a good job up front. They were controlling the line of scrimmage.
“We were able to run a little more in the second half.”
Snohomish defended the run well in the first half with a lot of players in the box, Gradwohl noted.
Krall completed 11 of 25 passes for 145 yards. Nash caught 5 passes for 71 yards.
Edmonds-Woodway hosts a winless Shorewood team (0-4, 0-6) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Edmonds Stadium. The Warriors won’t be overlooking the Thunderbirds.
“We’ve got to get better every week,” Gradwohl said. “Our opponents are getting better. You’ve got to respect your opponent no matter what. There are upsets every week when people overlook teams.”