Warriors cruise past Royals | Football

By David Pan | Oct 05, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Noah Becker runs past Lynnwood’s Caleb Herr during a Wesco 3A South game Friday, Sept. 29, at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway dominated district rival Lynnwood on both sides of the ball.

Junior running back Capassio Cherry ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns and the defense returned two interceptions for scores as the Warriors cruised to a 47-8 victory over the Royals in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Sept. 29, at Edmonds Stadium.

“We played pretty well,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “I felt like we showed up and had the right level of energy and we executed pretty well.”

Cherry and the offensive line continue to produce yards and touchdowns. Cherry has rushed for 485 yards in the last three contests.

“It’s just getting better each week,” Gradwohl said of the ground game.

Though Lynnwood only scored eight points, the Royals were able to move the ball at times against Edmonds-Woodway (2-0 in the league, 4-1 overall). So the Warrior defense has some areas to work on, Gradwohl said.

Edmonds-Woodway jumped to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 1, 24 and 5 yards by Cherry. Senior quarterback Reilly Chappell then found wide receiver Salihou Fatty on a 45-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. The completion was Chappell’s only one of the game out of two attempts. Fatty then electrified his teammates and the crowd by intercepting a tipped pass and sprinting 98 yards for a touchdown. Gradwohl said that the team doesn’t really keep records but that 98 yards likely is the longest in school history.

Fatty, a senior defensive back, also recovered a fumble for a score against Everett on Sept. 22.

“He’s a heck of a player,” Gradwohl said. “Obviously, he showed he’s opportunistic.”

Two minutes later, senior defensive back Noah Becker intercepted another errant throw and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.

Cherry capped his night with 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Edmonds-Woodway offense was so efficient and scored so quickly that Lynnwood (0-3, 0-5) held the edge in time of possession 25:57 to 14:40.

Up next for Edmonds-Woodway is arch rival Meadowdale in a 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 clash at Edmonds Stadium. The Mavericks (2-1, 3-2) defeated Mountlake Terrace 41-14.

“Match-up wise it looks pretty balanced,” Gradwohl said. “It should be a good game that could go down to the wire.”

 

NOTE

MIA ON THE SIDELINES: Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl was missing on the sidelines during the Warriors’ 47-8 victory over Lynnwood. Gradwohl was up in one of the booths in Edmonds Stadium, though not by choice. The Edmonds-Woodway coach said that he had his appendix removed and his doctor didn’t want him to coach on the sidelines. Gradwohl appreciated being able to see the action from upstairs, but didn’t like that he wasn’t able to talk to the players. “It was frustrating,” he said. Gradwohl plans to be on the sidelines for Friday’s game against Meadowdale.

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