Edmonds-Woodway closes out season with win | Football

Senior running back Cherry scores four touchdowns to lead Warriors
By David Pan | Nov 08, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Adam Kadem wraps up Jackson’s Nick Walsh Thursday, Nov. 1, at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway made the most of its week 10 game against Jackson

Senior running back Capassio Cherry rushed for 269 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 33-13 victory in a non-conference football contest Thursday, Nov. 1, at Edmonds Stadium.

Thursday’s victory marked the end of a strong second half of the season by Edmonds-Woodway. The Warriors (4-6 overall) won four out of their last six games after dropping their first four contests.

“I’m real proud of the guys,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “They kept working. They kept coming to practice. They kept grinding. It paid off.”

Gradwohl noted that the Warriors’ two losses were in overtime to Snohomish and a shootout with Marysville-Pilchuck that could have gone either way.

“We were playing some pretty good football,” he said. “We were one play from being in second place. From 0-4. It sure turned itself around.”

Jackson took a 3-0 lead in the first half on a 30-yard field goal by Donguk Yoon. The Edmonds-Woodway offense struggled early on with two tipped passes that were intercepted by the Timberwolves (4-6).

“It was a difficult game. The wind had an effect,” Gradwohl said. “They did a good job of shutting us down in the first quarter. We got going a little bit more in the second quarter.”

Cherry scored on 26- and 44-yard runs to give the Warriors a 14-3 halftime advantage. He added a 55-yard TD run in the third quarter and teammate Ben Grimes returned an interception 89 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

Jackson’s Nick Walsh then ran 1 yard for a touchdown and Yoon booted 35-yard field.

Cherry closed out his storied career with the Warriors by finding the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run in the final period.

“He’s a great kid, a great friend with all the kids,” Gradwohl said. “He doesn’t shine the light on himself. He shines it on the team. Everybody loves him.”

The Warriors will have more experience returning next season, though filling Cherry’s role will be a major task.

“We’ll definitely have more guys returning and returning starters than we did this year,” Gradwohl said. “It’s a nice core group you can work with. You already know what you can do. This year we were trying to figure a lot of stuff out and it showed.”

Gradwohl was glad to be playing a week 10 game. Some teams, such as district rival Meadowdale, cancelled games due to injuries. Everett did not play its regularly scheduled contest due to stadium staffing issues. Jackson took a vote among its players and they overwhelming wanted to play a game.

“I loved it,” Gradwohl said of Thursday’s game. “Why do you really play? Because it’s fun. We had a great time. I love football. I’m trying to teach my players to love football. We had fun. No regrets.”


MEADOWDALE CANCELS: The Mavericks week 10 game against Marysville-Pilchuck was cancelled by the Meadowdale administration. The Tomahawks were able to schedule a game against Lakeside. In an email, Meadowdale athletic director Beth Marriott wrote, “Due to injuries suffered in the later part of the season and concern around having JV and Freshmen fill those positions, the head coach and athletic director made the decision last Saturday not to play the Week 10 game.  … This was not an easy decision, but player safety was and is a top priority.”

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