Warriors shut out Shorecrest | Football
Edmonds-Woodway got the job done on both sides of the ball.
The offense scored seven touchdowns, while the defense pitched a shutout, as the Warriors cruised to 54-0 victory over Shorecrest in a Wesco South football game Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
The defense dominated the overmatched Scots, coming away with four fumbles and interception return for a touchdown. Shorecrest did not record a single first down.
“We’ve got a good defense,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “They’re really aggressive. We played our assignments pretty well. I’m proud of the kids. We work on takeaways. They really carried that over into the game.”
Shorecrest ended up with -28 total yards. The Warriors totally shut down the run game with the Scots carrying the ball 21 times for -61 yards.
The offense is headed in the right direction, Gradwohl added, though Friday’s game wasn’t perfect.
“We missed some opportunities,” he said.
Penalties seemed to upset the Warriors’ rhythm on offense. Edmonds-Woodway was flagged for 10 penalties for 83 yards.
“We’ve got to cut out the negative plays,” Gradwohl said. “Penalties or plays. We’ve got to be more consistent. We weren’t very consistent.”
Sophomore running back Cappasio Cherry scored on a 12-yard run to give the Warriors (2-0 in the league, 2-2 overall) a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. Quarterback Kameron Krall then threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kosta Cooper. Jackson Carr kicked a 37-yard field before Noah Becker intercepted a Shorecrest pass and returned it 25 yards for a TD.
Then with 27 seconds left in the second quarter, Krall threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Cherry and the Warriors led 31-0 at halftime. The senior quarterback completed 9 of 18 passes for 150 yards.
“Kameron used his feet a lot more,” Gradwohl said. “He just took care of the ball better.”
Running back Chris Tilbury scored on TD runs of 5 and 23 yards in the third quarter and Riley Chappell scored on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Warriors also recorded a safety.
Backup quarterback Henry Tillman started for the first time at fullback. Gradwohl said he wanted to find a way to get Tillman on the field more. Tillman caught 2 passes for 29 yards and also had 7 carries for 14 yards. Cherry finished with 83 yards on 14 carries and Tilbury rushed for 43 yards on 6 carries. Jalen Nash caught 3 passes for 47 yards.
The Warriors finished with 363 total yards and held a 29:25 to 16:09 edge in time of possession.
Edmonds-Woodway takes on Lynnwood (2-0, 4-0), one of the three undefeated teams in the league (Meadowdale also is 2-0) at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Edmonds Stadium. The Royals are led by quarterback Alton Hammond, who ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in a season-opening 56-20 win over Ballard.
The Warriors will have to focus on more than just Hammond.
“They’ve got good running backs and good receivers,” Gradwohl said. “They have all around good athletes.
“You can’t just focus on him.”