Lake Stevens wins 4A conference title, hands Edmonds-Woodway first loss of season | Prep football
For the third straight year the Lake Stevens football team beat Edmonds-Woodway to win the 4A Wesco conference title on Friday, Nov. 1.
The Vikings won 53-49, handing the Warriors its first loss of the season.
The teams traded touchdowns all night and Edmonds-Woodway started the game with a 7-0 lead when quarterback Davis Giles passed to Scott Myricks with 6:27 left in the first quarter. Lake Stevens followed suit, and tied the game at the end of the first with a 7-7 score.
Nick Venema scored off a 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter, lifting the Warriors to a 14-7 lead, but Lake Steven's Austin Otis scored with 7:23 to play in the first half.
The Vikings pulled ahead after a 32-yard field goal to make it 17-14 with 3:44 left in the first half.
Giles, not finished yet, threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Jason Smarr to give the Warriors a 21-17 half-time lead.
After the break, Giles and Smarr teamed up again, extending the Warriors lead to 28-17 with 9:54 in the third.
With 8:57 left in the third, Lake Stevens scored to close the gap to 28-24. But the Warriors again responded with a touchdown when Junior Opoku-Mensah scored, this time with 6:32 left in the quarter. Edmonds-Woodway led 35-24.
The Vikings answered two minutes later, scoring after a 24-yard touchdown run, making it a 35-31 game.
Opoku-Mensah scored with 1:53 left in the third after the Warriors recovered a Lake Stevens fumbled punt. The Warriors led 41-31.
With just 1.1 seconds left on the clock in the third quarter, Lake Stevens scored after a 74-yard touchdown run, lifting the Vikings to a 42-38 score going into the final minutes of the game.
Opoku-Mensah gave the Warriors breathing room with 7:56 left in the game, making it 49-38, but Lake Stevens closed the gap again with another touchdown. Their two-point attempt was good and the Vikings trailed 49-46.
Lake Stevens took control with less than a minute on the clock, scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 38.6 seconds left. The Vikings led 53-49 to win the game.
The Warriors, 8-1, are now the District 1 No. 2 team going forward into next week's playoffs. They will face the No. 3 team out of the SPSL South league, Federal Way, 7-2 this season, next Friday or Saturday at Edmonds Stadium.
Playoff information will be updated as the tournament are played.
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