Edmonds-Woodway tops Shorecrest | Football

Warriors to play Panthers in Wesco 3A South showdown
By David Pan | Oct 26, 2017

Edmonds-Woodway used a punishing ground game and a tenacious defense to take down Shorecrest.

Junior running back Capassio Cherry carried the ball 24 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 38-7 victory over Shorecrest in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Oct. 20, at Shoreline Stadium.

Though Cherry was the go-to guy in the backfield, other Warriors also experienced success running the ball.

Senior running back Noah Becker had two carries for 61 yards and senior quarterback Reilly Chappell scored on a 54-yard run.

“We ran the ball pretty well,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “They (offensive line) are starting to gel. With Capassio, every week that goes by he gets a little bit more experience.”

Gradwohl said that he wants to see an improved passing attack, especially with the postseason looming. Chappell completed 6 of 12 passes for 70 yards.

“We need to throw the ball better than we demonstrated,” Gradwohl said. “People are going to stack the box and try and stop Cap. We’ve got to be able to take advantage of some of the mismatches in the passing game.”

The Warriors (5-0 in the league, 7-1 overall) defended the Shorecrest ground game well, Gradwohl said. The Scots were able to have some success through the air, completing 11 of 20 passes for 203 yards.

“I thought the defense played pretty well overall,” Gradwohl said. “The tackling wasn’t as good as I would have liked it to be. … They exposed some weakness in the secondary. We need to stay disciplined.”

Edmonds-Woodway took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Chappell. The Scots (1-4, 4-4) tied the score on a 65-yard pass from Eladio Fountain to Rico Dellaguadia. Cherry then scored the first of his three TDs on a 15-yard run to give the Warriors a 14-7 advantage.

Jackson Karr’s 42-yard field goal and a 2-yard touchdown run by Cherry in the second quarter extended the Edmonds-Woodway lead to 24-7 at halftime. Chappell scored on a 54-yard run in the third quarter and Cherry almost matched him with a 53-yard scoring run in the final period.

The Warriors outgained the Scots 484 to 194 in total yards. Shorecrest had a 20:59 to 16:11 edge in time of possession.

The Edmonds-Woodway victory sets up a key Wesco 3A South matchup against Snohomish (4-1, 5-3) at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 at Edmonds Stadium.

A win by the Warriors would clinch the league title, while a loss could result in a three-way tie with Snohomish and Everett (4-1, 6-2).

The Warriors beat the Seagulls earlier in the season, while Snohomish lost to Everett.

The Wesco 3A South’s No. 1 seed gets to host a district playoff contest, while the No. 2 and No. 3 teams are on the road.

“It’s a good matchup. (Snohomish running back Keegan) Stich is a good running back,” Gradwohl said. “It’ll be a big challenge for us. It’s good to have a challenge before the playoffs and play good teams like Snohomish.”

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