Edmonds-Woodway falls to Snohomish in overtime | Football

Senior running back Cherry runs for 351 yards and four touchdowns
Oct 11, 2018

Edmonds-Woodway nearly pulled off the upset.

But Snohomish scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and then punched in the only score in overtime to edge the Warriors 41-35 in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Oct. 5, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

Edmonds-Woodway (1-3 in the league, 1-5 overall) was leading 28-14 in the third quarter before the first-place Panthers (4-0, 4-2) reeled off three unanswered touchdowns, one in the third quarter and two in the fourth, to take a 35-28 lead.

Warrior quarterback Patrick Norton then threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marcus Dilworth to tie the score at 35.

Snohomish’s Tyler Massena scored the winning touchdown on an 8-yard run in overtime.

“We played good in a lot of ways,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “But we gave up a lot of points. We struggled with stopping them. We did a decent job in the first half. They’re pretty good up front.”

Snohomish went to a double tight end set in the second half and the Warriors weren’t able to respond as effectively as Gradwohl hoped.

“They manhandled us a little bit,” he said.

Massena finished with 188 yards on 25 carries and scored five touchdowns. Teammate Tyler Larson had an even bigger night with 192 yards on 26 carries.

Edmonds-Woodway senior running back Capassio Cherry rushed for a season-high 351 yards on 37 carries and scored four touchdowns. Norton completed 4 of 11 passes for 94 yards. Dilworth caught two passes for 92 yards.

“The offensive line played pretty well. Cap just played awesome,” Gradwohl said. “He had some good holes to run through and sometimes he made his own.”

A bad break on a potential touchdown run cost the Warriors. Edmonds-Woodway was leading 28-21 when the officials ruled that an apparent touchdown was instead a fumble and a touchback for the Panthers.

Gradwohl said that the Warriors are improving from week to week.

“It’s getting a little bit tiring I told the guys,” Gradwohl said. “I’m tired of trying. It’s time to get a win.”

Edmonds-Woodway had another scoring chance in the first quarter but came away without any points.

“We had some opportunities to win the game,” Gradwohl said. “If we clean it up, we win a game.”

The Warriors took a 14-7 halftime lead on TD runs of 56 and 24 yards by Cherry.

The senior running back scored on 1- and 50-yard runs in the third quarter.

“This was a tough one. We were ahead in the fourth quarter,” Gradwohl said. “I felt like we had a real shot. We let it slip away.”

Edmonds-Woodway hosts Shorewood (4-1, 5-1) on homecoming night at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at Edmonds Stadium.

The Thunderbirds, which defeated Lynnwood 42-21 last week, also has a strong ground game that will test the Warrior defense.

“We still have a lot to improve with just our skills,” Gradwohl said. “We need to get better at our fundamentals.”

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