Warriors lose to Falcons | Football

By David Pan | Sep 21, 2017

Edmonds-Woodway faced a major challenge Friday night going up No. 3 ranked 4A Woodinville.

The Warriors stayed with the Falcons in the first half but then couldn’t sustain the effort in the second half, losing 24-6 in a non-conference football game Sept. 15 at Edmonds Stadium.

“I thought our defense played outstanding,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “The offense could have helped them out by keeping them off the field. We struggled moving the ball. Because of that, the defense spent a lot of time on the field.”

Edmonds-Woodway (2-1) knocked off Jackson and Kentwood to the start the season.

“The kids gave a great effort,” Gradwohl said. “We had three non-league 4A teams. We’re 2-1 and feeling pretty good. I feel like we got better. I hope it pays off.”

Woodinville led 7-0 at halftime on a 2-yard run by Brett Accimus. The Falcons tacked on two more scores in the third quarter – a 7-yard run by Accimus and a 3-yard run by Wyatt Lane. Camden Pilukas also kicked a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Junior running back Cappassio Cherry in his first game back for the Warriors scored on a 73-yard run. Cherry finished with 94 yards on 10 carries.

“He ran hard,” Gradwohl said. “We’ve glad to have him back. He gives us a little more depth. He was a little rusty. Overall as the game went on he got better.”

Woodinville (3-0) outgained Edmonds-Woodway 384 to 140 in total yards and had a 20 to 5 edge in first downs. The Falcons also had a 38:50 to 13:40 advantage in time of possession. Accimus finished with 103 yards on 16 carries and quarterback Caden McCann completed 15 of 28 passes for 160 yards.

“We didn’t get a real good tempo going,” Gradwohl said of the offense. “They had a great defense. They’re good up front.”

Edmonds-Woodway opens Wesco 3A South play against Everett at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Seagulls (1-0, 2-1) lost to Wilson and beat Cascade and Mountlake Terrace.

After facing three spread teams that like to throw the ball, Edmonds-Woodway’s defense now must contend with an opponent who likes to run the ball. The Seagull offensive line is big.

“They’re more of a run first, come right at you team,” Gradwohl said. “It’s a different challenge. You hope you’re ready for it.”

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