Edmonds-Woodway runs through Meadowdale | Football

Junior running back rushes for 258 yards, two scores
By David Pan | Oct 12, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway quarterback Reilly Chappell avoids a tackle during a Wesco 3A South game  against Meadowdale Friday, Oct. 6, at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway kept its unbeaten league record intact and remained in sole possession of first place in the Wesco 3A South.

Junior running back Capassio Cherry rushed for 258 yards on 34 carries and scored two touchdowns to help lead the Warriors to a 21-6 victory over arch rival Meadowdale in the annual Jam the Stands football game Friday, Oct. 6, at Edmonds Stadium.

Quarterback Reilly Chappell also ran for a touchdown in what was one of the sweetest victories for the senior class.

“It feels great. We haven’t beaten Meadowdale as long as I’ve been here,” the senior signal-caller said. “So this win is awesome. Of course, I know a lot of the guys on the other side of the ball. I’ve been playing with them for years, playing against them for years. Some of them I’ve met are friends. I’m really glad to get this win and very glad to be in first place in Wesco.”

The Warriors improved to 3-0 in the league and 5-1 overall. Everett, which Edmonds-Woodway beat 44-13, is 3-1 and 4-2, while Snohomish is 2-1 and 3-3. The Warriors and Panthers are scheduled to face off in the final regular season game on Friday, Oct. 27, at Edmonds Stadium. Meadowdale fell to 2-2 and 3-3 and is in fourth place. The top three teams advance to the district playoffs, while the Wesco 3A South No. 4 team plays Wesco 3A North No. 4 in a pigtail game with the winner advancing to districts.

Neither team could muster any points in the first quarter. Meadowdale took a 6-0 lead on a 6-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Hunter Moen to Will Moloney with 3:13 remaining in the second quarter. The extra point was missed.

Edmonds-Woodway was determined to answer back with its own scoring drive.

“They scored. I got the sideline hyped up with the rest of the guys,” Chappell said. “We went out there and it was Capassio left, Capassio right.”

Cherry scored on a 10-yard run and took a 7-6 lead on Jackson Karr’s successful extra point with just over a minute before halftime.

The scoring drive gave the Edmonds-Woodway offense some confidence.

“I think it showed the kids we could do it,” Warriors coach John Gradwohl said. “To that point, I thought we had a few good plays, but we hadn’t really moved the ball and so we needed to move the ball and get some first downs.”

Meadowdale took the opening kickoff in the third quarter and drove to the Edmonds-Woodway 25. Edmonds-Woodway senior defensive back Noah Becker then picked off a pass to end the Mavericks’ scoring threat.

“That was huge,” Gradwohl said. “They’ve got some big receivers. That’s a big time play by Noah.”

Becker also caught three passes for 75 yards and recorded five tackles.

Meadowdale coach Matt Leonard said that the interception was the result of a combination of Moen having to throw into the wind and dealing with a blitz by the Warriors.

“It obviously was a critical moment for us,” Leonard said. “We’re driving. Unfortunately, they run a blitz at the right time with the wind. Hunter couldn’t quite step into the throw. It didn’t have quite enough on it. We wanted to take a shot. I liked our match-up.”

Chappell scored on a 2-yard run at the 5:02 mark of the third quarter and Cherry added a 6-yard TD run with 4:34 left in the fourth quarter.

“You’ve got to give that kid credit,” Leonard said of Cherry. “He runs hard. He’s a good back. He was a really good back last year. We knew that. The game plan was to try and stop him, slow him down.”

Injuries have impacted both sides of the Mavericks’ line.

“We wore down a little bit, being so thin and having so many guys out,” Leonard said. “That’s pretty tough.”

Meadowdale finished with only 24 yards on the ground. The Mavericks started two sophomores on the offensive line and lost senior Jeremiah Ku during the first half. Another starting lineman was serving a suspension after being thrown out during the Mountlake Terrace game two weeks ago. The Mavericks could not convert on two fourth-and-1 running plays.

“We’re beat up,” Leonard said. “I think that’s a really good football team. We played really hard. I thought we played toe-to-toe with them. We had some opportunities in the first half to get some points and couldn’t.

“We’re young. We played some young kid. They make young mistakes.”

Gradwohl said the Warriors did a good job defending the run.

“At times, I thought we were doing good against the pass,” he said. “That kids threw some nice balls.”

Moen completed 21 of 42 passes for 212 yards.

Edmonds-Woodway also was dealing with issues with its offensive linemen. One starter came out in the first half and another have to leave due to leg cramps.

“We had sub in and I thought they did a great job,” Gradwohl said.

What wasn’t great were the 10 penalties for 109 yards called on the Warriors.

“It was kind of an ugly game penalty-wise,” Gradwohl said. “I didn’t think that it was that great of a game in a clean way, but it’s a rivalry game. It’s nice to get the W.”

Edmonds-Woodway takes on Mountlake Terrace at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at Edmonds Stadium. Meadowdale hosts Lynnwood at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at Edmonds Stadium.

“I like the way we’re clicking,” Chappell said. “I can’t wait to finish this Wesco season out.”

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