Depth, veteran talent boost Edmonds-Woodway | Football

Offense loses its top RB but passing game should be strong with returning QB
Jul 02, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway lineman Anthony Woo prepares to block an Kamiak player during a scrimmage at Mariner HIgh School.

The Edmonds-Woodway football team should feel a lot better when its defensive unit takes the field this fall.

A year ago, the Warriors did not return any starters and only had one player in the lineup with any significant varsity experience.

The lack of experience translated into a tough start to the season – Edmonds-Woodway opened 0-4 and the defense allowed an average of 40.5 points in those first four contests.

“With nobody coming back on defense, we had some growing pains,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said.

But Gradwohl added that as a result of those growing pains, this year’s defense should be strong.

The Warriors have experience with linebacker Ben Grimes, defensive end Christian Simpson, defensive back Evan Graves and linebacker Ethan Davis.

“We’ve got some good guys coming back,” Gradwohl said.

The biggest change for the Warriors is on offense following the graduation of Capassio Cherry, a two-time, all-league running back. Cherry is headed to Laney College in Oakland, California. Laney won its first California Community College Athletic Association championship last year.

Replacing Cherry won’t be easy and Gradwohl said it’s likely going to be running back by committee.

Grimes and junior Steele Swinton, who was sidelined with an injury early last season, are two strong candidates. Gradwohl expects that others will be in the mix.

The offensive line looks to be in good shape with the return of Anthony Woo, Clifton Montgomery, Chase Holland and Joseph DeBella. The Warriors faced depth issues last season. Gradwohl doesn’t expect numbers to be a problem.

“We have young new players,” the Edmonds-Woodway coach said. “When it’s all said and down, we’ll have a pretty good line. We’ll have more depth.”

Senior quarterback Read Carr got injured in the third game of the season but did return toward the latter part of the season.

“He’s a solid quarterback. He sees the field pretty well and throws good,” Gradwohl said. “The expectation is that his confidence will jump up being a senior.”

Junior quarterback Cruze Colwill also has played well this spring and summer and is challenging Carr, Gradwohl added.

Simpson and junior Charm Pommachan are two of the team’s top returning wide receivers.

“We have a good group of guys who are working hard,” Gradwohl said.

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