After being shut out the previous week, the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors were motivated to get their offense rolling and put points on the scoreboard Friday night; they found a Mountlake Terrace Hawk squad that made it easy for them to do just that.
The Warriors scored six touchdowns in a rout of the Hawks 42-3 in a Wesco League South Conference match-up played at Edmonds Stadium.
E-W quarterback Kameron Krall threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers, Cappassio Cherry and Chris Tilbury each rushed for scores and Anthony Lindamood returned a pass interception for a TD in the victory.
The Warriors used the shutout loss to Woodinville on Sept. 9 as motivation in their clash with the Hawks. “I can’t remember the last time we were shut out, probably 20 years,” said E-W Coach John Gradwohl. “We needed to improve offensively and score some points.”
“We got it handed to us last week and we wanted to get better,” he added.
Gradwohl pointed to a change in the offensive play calling as a factor in the success of the unit. “We went back to the ‘I’ (a tailback lining up behind a fullback) that we feel more comfortable with,” Gradwohl disclosed.
The ‘I’ formation helped E-W rush for 161 yards against the Mountlake Terrace defense; Cherry carried the ball 18 times for 96 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run with 2:08 to go in the second quarter.
Lindamood’s 30-yard interception return of an attempted middle screen pass by Terrace quarterback Garrett McDowell also came late in the first half, giving the Warriors plenty of momentum as they headed for the locker room ahead 21-3 at halftime.
“I was in the flat and I saw the (Hawk) linemen going up field for the screen,” Lindamood explained about the pick-six, “and Dominic (Lawrence) was there to make the tip and I was just happy to be there to make the play.”
Lindamood credited a high level of intensity at team practices leading up to Friday’s game as the key to the victory.
“Our offense had a really great week and played our hearts out tonight,” he said. “We had to step up the intensity. Our practices were kind of lackadaisical at the beginning of the year; now we’ve stepped it up and now we’re good.”
Of the Warriors’ five offensive touchdowns, four were scored after drives of 31 yards or less as Terrace miscues often set up E-W with favorable field position. Cherry’s touchdown run came after a six-yard punt by Terrace’s Malek Qibba gave E-W the ball at the Terrace 25-yard line. Later in the game Qibba couldn’t even get punts off twice due to poor snaps from his center, setting up E-W deep in Hawk territory.
But it was E-W’s dominance at the line that Terrace Coach Kelly Dougan pointed to as the difference in the game.
“Edmonds definitely beat us up down in the trenches,” Dougan said. “Their offensive line, defensive line played a lot better than ours; (they) overpowered us. That’s where it all starts and ends.”
Terrace could only muster 74 yards in total offense against the Warrior defense. McDowell completed five of 13 pass attempts for just 35 yards and threw three interceptions in the loss.
Dougan hopes the lopsided defeated won’t hurt the emotional state of his squad too much going into another rivalry matchup on Sept. 23 against Meadowdale. “We hope our guys will shake it off and remain in good spirits,” he said. “The coaches will be working hard on Saturday and Sunday and we’ll get back after it on Monday, looking to get better.”
Prep Football: Mountlake Terrace at Edmonds-Woodway, Sept. 16
Mountlake Terrace 0 3 0 0 — 3
Edmonds-Woodway 7 14 7 14 — 42
6:05 Kameron Kroll (Edmonds-Woodway) 18-yard TD pass to Jalen Nash; Jackson Karr PAT kick good
7:15 Bryon Shelton (Mountlake Terrace) 33-yard field goal
2:08 Cappassio Cherry (Edmonds-Woodway) 12-yard TD run; Jackson Karr PAT kick good
:53 Anthony Lindamood (Edmonds-Woodway) 30-yard TD interception return; Jackson Karr PAT kick good
2:36 Kameron Kroll (Edmonds-Woodway) 2-yard TD pass to Reilly Chappell: Jackson Karr PAT kick good
7:14 Kameron Kroll (Edmonds-Woodway) 2-yard TD pass to Aaron Richardson: Jackson Karr PAT kick good
4:50 Chris Tilbury (Edmonds-Woodway) 10-yard TD run; Jackson Karr PAT kick good
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 1-2 overall; Edmonds-Woodway 1-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 1-2 overall
Mountlake Terrace next game: versus Meadowdale, Friday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Shorecrest, Friday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
— By Doug Petrowski