Warriors slay Conquerors | Football

By David Pan | Sep 14, 2017

Senior quarterback Reilly Chappell completed 15 of 24 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Edmonds-Woodway to a 38-28 victory over Kentwood in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 8, at French Field in Kent.

In a back-and-forth game, the Warriors (2-0) led 24-21 at the end of the third quarter and scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Conquerors (1-1).

“They’re a darn good football team,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “We knew that we would have to give it our all.”

The Warrior defense had a strong performance against a Kentwood offense that scored 58 points in a victory over Glacier Peak two weeks ago. Edmonds-Woodway was especially effective with its red zone defense.

“The offense wasn’t perfect,” Gradwohl said. “When we needed a score, we got a score. … The game could have gone either way. Our effort paid off in the end.”

Senior running back Carlos Serrano finished with 131 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown. Senior running backs Kelly Jackson and Noah Becker each scored a touchdown. Becker caught seven passes for 66 yards and one touchdown and junior wide receiver Jaro Rouse finished with four receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown.

“It was the ultimate team effort on both sides of the ball,” Gradwohl said. “They were a very challenging team. Their quarterback is a heck of a player.”

Kentwood senior quarterback Justin Seiber completed 37 of 57 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Chappell also played a great game, Gradwohl said.

“I thought we were challenged a bit more by this team,” Gradwohl said. “We still have a lot of improving to do. But our batting average got better in terms of assignments.”

The Warriors again rotated in a number of players due to injuries and the level of play, as in the season-opening win over Jackson, remained constant.

“It didn’t seem to matter,” Gradwohl said. “The kids stepped in and stepped up. The improvement was steady and the effort was incredible.”

The Warriors will need that continued effort this week when they host No. 4-ranked 4A Woodinville at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at Edmonds Stadium. The Falcons (2-0) have beaten Bothell and Eastlake to start the season.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” Gradwohl said.

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