Warriors pound Seagulls | Football

By David Pan | Sep 28, 2017

Edmonds-Woodway picked the right time to play its best game of the season.

Behind a balance offensive attack and a strong defensive effort, the Warriors pounded Everett 44-13 in its Wesco 3A South opener Friday, Sept. 22, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway (1-0 in the league, 3-1 overall) jumped on the Seagulls (1-1, 2-2) early, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and then tacking on three more in the second period to head into halftime with a 24-0 lead.

Junior running back Cappasio Cherry carried the ball 17 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Reilly Chappell completed 10 of 15 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Jaro Rouse caught two of those touchdowns and finished with seven catches for 95 yards.

“I felt like we were fairly balanced on offense. I felt the O-line took a step in the right direction,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said.

Friday’s game was the second of the year for Cherry, who Gradwohl said had a more polished performance this time.

“He’s a great running back,” Gradwohl added. “Having him back is great. He was rolling.”

Chappell ran the offense well, making good decisions as far as when to throw the ball and when not to, the Edmonds-Woodway coach said.

Rouse ended up being Chappell’s favorite target because of the way Everett attempted to defend the Warriors.

“He did some good things when he got the ball,” Gradwohl said.

Cherry scored on a 20-yard run early in the first quarter and Chappell threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior Noah Becker in the first quarter.

Senior defensive back Salihou Fatty recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown seconds into the second quarter. Cherry followed with an 89-yard TD run and Chappell connected on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Rouse.

Chappell threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Rouse midway through the third quarter and Jackson Karr booted a 26-yard field goal in the final period.

Gradwohl was pleased with his defense’s performance against an Everett team that fielded a large offensive line. The Seagulls double Wing-T option was an offense the Warriors had not faced this season.

“It’s not that easy to defend,” Gradwohl said. “It was tough. There were times they drove the ball pretty well on us.”

The Warriors had to defend against a quarterback who might run the ball or pitch it to a running back.

“We hustled and made up for our mistakes with hustle,” Gradwohl said.

In part due to how quickly the Edmonds-Woodway offense scored, Everett actually had the advantage in time of possession 32:38 to 16:31.

The Warriors take on district rival Lynnwood (0-2, 0-3) at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29, at Edmonds Stadium. The Royals lost 45-7 to Shorecrest.

Grahwohl isn’t taking Lynnwood lightly despite its record.

“We need to get better every week if we want to meet the goals we have,” Gradwohl said. “Lynnwood’s record doesn’t mean anything. They have a quarterback with a strong arm and fast receivers. They gave us all we could handle last year. We were fortunate to come away with a victory.

“I think they’re going to come prepared. It should be a tough game. We need to prepare for that.”

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