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By David Pan 

Cherry powers Edmonds-Woodway past Royals | Football


Last updated 10/4/2018 at Noon

Edmonds-Woodway took a big step forward against district rival Lynnwood.

Senior running back Capassio Cherry rushed for 224 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Warriors beat the Royals 34-7 to claim their first victory of the season in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Sept. 28, at Edmonds Stadium.

“We did a little better up front blocking and allowing Cap to do his thing on the offensive side,” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “We’re getting a little better each week. … You give him (Cherry) a little bit of room to run and he does some good things. He runs hard. He’s fast.”

Junior running backs Ben Grimes ran for 65 yards on five carries and Elijah Thomas finished with 68 yards on nine carries. Senior quarterback Patrick Norton completed 6 of 9 passes for 66 yards and one touchdown.

“You throw a little bit to keep them off guard,” Gradwohl said. “We were running the ball well, so you don’t fix what isn’t broken.”

Cherry scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter and the Warriors (1-2 in the league, 1-4 overall) extended their lead to 13-0 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Norton to senior wide receiver Marcus Dilworth early in the second quarter.

Lynnwood’s Christian Kirkman threw a 74-yard TD pass to Tanner Fahey to cut the Edmonds-Woodway lead to 13-7.

Cherry followed with touchdown runs of 5 and 12 yards in the last three minutes of the period to give the Warriors a 27-7 halftime lead. The Edmonds-Woodway senior running back then scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

The Warriors limited the Royals (0-3, 0-5) to only 26 yards on the ground.

“I thought we did better up front. The defensive line did a better job playing the line of scrimmage,” Gradwohl said. “We were not giving up too much there.”

Gradwohl added that the Warriors shifted some personnel around on defense and the results were encouraging.

Edmonds-Woodway faces a tough task this week against league-leading Snohomish at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

The Panthers (3-0, 3-2) are coming off a 33-27 victory over Shorecrest.

“It’s a big challenge,” Gradwohl said. “I feel like we’re going in the right direction. You don’t really know unless you’re tested.”


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