Warriors smother Seagulls, 49-0, in season opener

Scott Myricks makes the first score of the game. (Photos by Karl Swenson/Just A Whim Photography)

Scott Myricks makes the first score of the game. (Photos by Brenda Swenson/Just A Whim Photography)

The Edmonds-Woodway football team traveled to Everett to open the 2013 high school season Friday night and left with a resounding 49-0 victory over the host Seagulls. The Warriors scored on all five first-half possessions enroute to a 35-0 halftime lead.

The Warriors kicked off to open the game and after three plays, Everett was forced to punt. E-W took over on their own 30-yard line. In just over two minutes, the Warriors scored their first touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Davis Giles to Scott Myricks. That play was set up by a 40-yard completion earlier from Giles to Theo Lebesis.

No. 2 Junior Opoku-Mensah celebrating after his score.

No. 2 Junior Opoku-Mensah celebrating after his score.

Everett took the ensuing kickoff to their own 28, only to fumble it moments later on a bad snap. The ball was recovered by E-W’s Spencer Schultz. Two plays later, running back Junior Opoku-Mensah ran it in from the 12, giving the Warriors a 14-0 lead.

On Everett’s next possession, quarterback Bryce Jamesen completed a 47-yard pass to get the Seagulls in scoring position. That threat was extinguished two plays later on an interception on the 2-yard line by the Warriors. E-W then scored three plays later on a pass from Giles to Myricks, with Myricks battling for the ball on the 50-yard line and then breaking away for the score to complete the 81-yard play. The first quarter ended with the Warriors leading 21-0

Everett’s next possession ended with a bad snap on a punt, which led it to being blocked and the Warriors recovering on the Seagulls 45. Three minutes later, Mac McLachlan took a direct snap and scampered 12 yards for the touchdown, making it 28-0. Following another Everett three-and-out, the Warriors drove 70 yards, capped by a 12-yard touchdown run from Opoku-Mensah. That finished the scoring for the half. The Warriors accumulated 295 yards of offense, 171 on the ground, in the first half.

Davis Giles goes back to pass.

Davis Giles goes back to pass.

Edmonds-Woodway took the kickoff to start the second half and continued where they left off, driving 80 yards, including a 40-yard gain on 4th down to extend the drive. Giles hit Lebesis for a 20-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 42-0.

Everett’s next possession began at their own 20. With the clock now running non-stop due to the Warriors being up by more than 40 points, the game began to move quickly. With the Seagulls mounting a scoring threat, Chantz Justice intercepted a Seagull pass and returned it 30 yards. On the next play the Warriors’ Nick Venema bolted 41 yards up the middle for the score, making it 49-0 as the third quarter came to a close.

E-W's Travis Bakken attempts to block a pass by Everett quarterback Bryce Jameson.

E-W’s Travis Bakken attempts to block a pass by Everett quarterback Bryce Jameson.

With the clock winding down, Everett looked like it might quell the shutout as they advanced the ball down to the Warriors 10 yard line. E-W linebacker Zander Hall-Spicuzza had another idea as he stepped in and intercepted a pass to stop the Seagulls. The last two minutes featured sophomore quarterback Issac Jackson coming in to lead the Warriors’ last possession, which also featured several long gains by fellow sophomore running back Tyler Rheinford.

The Warriors’ next game is Friday the 13th at Edmonds stadium against neighboring Mountlake Terrace. Kickoff is 8 p.m. and that game, as well as all games at Edmonds Stadium, can be heard on the Sound Live Sports Network.

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Edmonds Woodway (1-0) 21 14 14 0 49

Everett (0-1)                        0  0  0  0  0

– By Jeff Smarr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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