Edmonds-Woodway’s season comes to an end | Football

Eastside Catholic takes advantage of Warriors’ turnovers
By David Pan | Nov 16, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway wide receiver Jaro Rouse (right) is pursued by Eastside Catholic’s Andrew Peterson during a 3A state playoff game.

Edmonds-Woodway’s season ended with a tough loss to No. 1 ranked Eastside Catholic.

The Crusaders took advantage of four interceptions and one fumble to defeat the Warriors 42-13 in a first round 3A state football game Friday, Nov. 10, at Seattle Memorial Stadium.

The lopsided score overshadowed what Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl described as a strong performance from the Warriors’ defense.

“I thought our defense dominated,” Gradwohl said. “Their defense is great too and took advantage of every mistake we made on offense. They did a nice job of taking advantage of it and making the most of it. Credit to them.”

The numbers backed up Gradwohl’s assertion.

Edmonds-Woodway outgained Eastside Catholic 246 to 162 in total yards.

Senior running back Carlos Serrano rushed for 97 yards on 24 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 2 and 3 yards in the fourth quarter.

Three of the Warriors’ turnovers led directly to Crusader touchdowns – two interceptions returned for TDs and a fumble recovery in the end zone. Eastside Catholic finished with 150 yards on the four interceptions.

“I’m proud of my kids. They played to the end,” Gradwohl said. “They played hard. (They are) a great group of kids. When you play a great team, you’ve got to play a pretty clean game and we didn’t.”

Edmonds-Woodway, the Wesco 3A South champion, wrapped up the season at 9-2 overall with the other loss being to the No. 1 ranked 4A team, Woodinville.

“The kids did a great job,” Gradwohl said. “We had a great time. Right now it’s a little bad taste in their mouths. ... We won a lot of football games and made a lot of memories.”

Eastside Catholic (10-0) faces Garfield in a state quarterfinal game at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, at Seattle Memorial Stadium.

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