E-W unable to overcome first quarter deficit | Football

By David Pan | Sep 13, 2018

Edmonds-Woodway took a step in the right direction against Shorecrest.

But too many self-inflicted mistakes helped the Scots prevail 35-14 in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Sept. 7, at Edmonds Stadium.

Two fumbles inside the Shorecrest 5 and a costly pick-6 simply were too much for the Warriors to overcome.

“I thought we played a lot better when it came to effort,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “We made some big mistakes that cost us. … Unfortunately, we did some things to give away points. Shorecrest is a really good team.”

Trailing 7-0, the Warriors threw an interception that was returned 51 yards for a touchdown. The Scots (1-0 in league play, 2-0 overall) then took a 21-0 lead on a 42-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eladio Fountain to Carlos Torres.

“Credit to them,” Gradwohl said of Shorecrest’s jumping out to the big lead. “We’ve got to do a better job of controlling our mistakes and don’t give them opportunities.”

Junior quarterback Reed Carr scored on a 1-yard run to cut the deficit to 21-7 in the second quarter.

Shorecrest responded with a 13-yard TD pass from Fountain to Antonio Stillwell with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Carr found Marcus Dilworth on a 21-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter. Fountain and Stillwell then connected again on a 18-yard touchdown to close out the scoring.

Gradwohl liked that the Warriors continued to battle after a tough first quarter.

“Sometimes you can get down,” he said. “I’m proud that they fought through it all. That’s all you can hope for in those situations. We’re headed in the right direction.”

Senior running back Capassio Cherry rushed for 118 yards on 29 carries and Carr completed 8 of 18 passes for 70 yards. He was picked off three times.

Shorecrest’s Fountain completed 11 of 26 passes for 168 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Gradwohl shifted two veteran players – quarterback Patrick Norton and running back Ben Grimes to the offensive line in order to have more experience. The two are taking over for a pair of sophomores. The defense came into the season with only one player with significant varsity experience.

Edmonds-Woodway (0-1, 0-2) faces Woodinville in a nonconference matchup at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.

The Falcons (2-0) are coming off a 38-24 victory over Monroe and a 34-8 win over Foster.

“We’re inexperienced. There’s no way around that,” Gradwohl said. “We’re building experience every week. We realize it. The kids realize it.”

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