Edmonds-Woodway edges Shorewood | Football

Warriors ground Thunderbirds in second half
By David Pan | Oct 18, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Christian Simpson wraps up Shorewood’s Robert Banks during the Warriors’ 20-17 victory Friday, Oct. 12, at Edmonds Stadium.

After giving up two long pass plays that went for touchdowns in the first half, the Edmonds-Woodway defense buckled down in the second half.

The Warriors shut out Shorewood and junior quarterback Read Carr tossed a 9-yard touchdown to wide receiver Marcus Dilworth in the third quarter to lift Edmonds-Woodway to a 20-17 victory in a Wesco 3A football game Friday, Oct. 12, at Edmonds Stadium.

“We eliminated the big plays in the second half,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “I thought the defense played a really good second half. We tried to clean it up. I felt like as the game went on we played better on both sides of the ball.”

Dilworth and Jack Kramer each had an interception for the Warriors (2-3 in the league, 2-5 overall).

Edmonds-Woodway was coming off a tough overtime loss to league leader Snohomish, a game that Gradwohl and the players felt they could have won. Friday night also was homecoming.

“It was a big game for us,” Gradwohl said. “Last week was tough on the kids … They were pretty hungry.”

Senior running back Capassio Cherry scored on a 7-yard run to give Edmonds-Woodway an early 7-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Shorewood quarterback David Snell found wide receiver Jaro Rouse for a 69-yard touchdown. The Thunderbirds (4-2, 5-2) then kicked a field goal and Snell threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Williamson to take a 17-7 first quarter lead.

The Warriors cut the deficit to 17-13 on a 2-yard touchdown run by Cherry in the second quarter. The senior running back ran for 184 yards on 36 carries and scored two touchdowns. Teammate Ben Grimes rushed for 83 yards on nine carries.

“He takes some of the pressure off of Cap,” Gradwohl said of Grimes.

Carr was seeing his first action since the third week of the season. He completed 5 of 9 passes for 39 yards.

“There were a couple of good passes that we needed him to throw,” Gradwohl said. “He ran the offense really well.”

Snell completed 10 of 15 passes for 229 yards and Rouse, who used to attend Edmonds-Woodway, caught six passes for 163 yards.

Edmonds-Woodway looks to even its league record against Everett (1-4, 1-6) at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Gradwohl likes the direction the Warriors are heading after opening the season with four straight losses.

“We’re definitely improving,” he said.

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