Warriors steamroll Hawks in Wesco 3A openerEdmonds-Woodway coasts to 42-3 victory
After dropping its first two games of the season, Edmonds-Woodway needed a victory to get back on track.
The Warriors accomplished that goal with a 42-3 rout over district rival Mountlake Terrace in the Wesco 3A South football opener for both teams Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
Senior quarterback Kameron Krall threw for three touchdowns and the defense picked off three passes.
“We just picked up the intensity,” Krall said. “That was the key.”
Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl saw improvement with the offense and continued to be impressed by the defense.
“Terrace gave us some help with the turnovers,” he said. “I thought the defense played great. … The offense wasn’t great. It wasn’t bad. We’re starting to groove a little bit.”
The Warriors’ offense only turned the ball over once on a fumble.
“If you’re on the good side of the turnovers, it definitely helps,” Gradwohl said.
The Warriors went with two running backs in the backfield in order to provide better protection for the quarterback. The change helped.
“He’s more comfortable. He’s got more time,” Gradwohl said. “With two backs we were able to protect him. …They still got pressure on him, but not nearly as much as the last two weeks.”
Krall threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Nash to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Mountlake Terrace kicked a field goal in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 7-3.
Sophomore running back Cappasio Cherry scored on a 12-yard run and Anthony Lindamood returned an interception 25 yards for a TD with less than a minute left in the second quarter, as the Warriors (1-0, 1-2) went into halftime with a 21-3 lead.
Krall connected on a 2-yard TD pass to Riley Chappell in the third quarter and then found Aaron Richardson on another 2-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Chris Tilbury closed out the scoring with a 10-yard TD run.
Krall completed 6 of 11 passes for 60 yards. Cherry rushed for 101 yards on 21 carries.
The defense limited Mountlake Terrace (0-1, 1-2) to only 5 first downs and 73 total yards. The Hawks were 1 of 12 on third downs. Bryan Sarnowskie and Jayme Murphy also picked off Mountlake Terrace passes.
“It was outstanding,” Krall said of the defense’s performance. “It pumped me up. It pumped everyone up. It was a blast.”
Added Gradwohl, “Defensively, we just get better every week.”
The Warriors were resilient following non-conference losses to Jackson and Woodinville.
The players kept fighting back after two disappointing losses, Gradwohl said. “There’s a lot of room for improvement still. But I thought obviously we got better from last week to this week.”
Edmonds-Woodway takes on Shorecrest at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at Edmonds Stadium. The Scots (0-1, 1-2) lost 49-12 to Snohomish.