Edmonds-Woodway’s first round state playoff game on Friday may have felt more like a merry-go-round as Eastlake Catholic took advantage of five turnovers to beat the Warriors 42-13 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
With the loss, Edmonds-Woodway was eliminated from the WIAA 3A State Football Tournament, ending their 2017 season with a 9-2 record.
Eastside Catholic scored three times directly off of E-W turnovers on Friday. Already leading 14-0, the Crusaders’ Jack Rossmeissl picked off a Reilly Chappell pass attempt early in the second quarter and raced 50 yards for the touchdown. Less than a minute and a half later, Rossmeissl picked up a Warrior fumble and returned it 42 yards for another Crusaders’ score.
Eastside Catholic got another pick six later in the game. Senior captain Ze’Shaun Lewis grabbed a Chappell toss and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown with 8:03 to go in the third quarter, giving the Crusaders a 42-0 lead at the time and triggering a running clock for the rest of the contest.
E-W Coach John Gradwohl chalked up the loss to the the Crusaders’ opportunism. “Every mistake we made on offense, they did a nice job of taking advantage of it and making the most of it. So give credit to them,” Gradwohl said.
“When you play a great team you’ve got to play a pretty clean game, and we didn’t,” Gradwohl added.
The Crusaders are undefeated (10-0) and the No.1-ranked 3A team in the state according to a number of polls.
While Eastside Catholic rolled up 191 yards in turnover return yardage, the team’s offense was only able to gain a total of 160 yards — and more than half of that was from an 84-yard run by Malik Putney in the second quarter.
“I thought our defense dominated them,” Gradwohl stressed. “But their defense is great too and (they) took advantage.”
After falling behind seven touchdowns, the Warriors were able to find some more consistency in their offense attack. Senior running back Carlos Serrano capped off a 25-yard, four-play E-W drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 9:14 to go in the game.
Then on the final play of the contest, Serrano scored again on a 2-yard run. In addition to the two touchdowns, Serrano rushed for 87 yards on 24 carries Friday.
Jaro Rouse led the Warrior receivers with five catches for 58 yards.
Gradwohl was pleased with how his team finished an otherwise disheartening game. “I’m proud of my kids; they played to the end,” he said. “They played hard — a great group of kids.”
To view the entire WIAA 3A State Football Tournament bracket, click http://www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2385&sport_id=1.
Prep Football: Edmonds-Woodway vs. Eastside Catholic, Nov. 10 (WIAA 3A State Football Tournament first round loser-out game)
Edmonds-Woodway 0 0 0 13 — 13
Eastside Catholic 14 14 14 0 — 42
First quarter scoring:
9:29 — Tohl Angilau (Eastside Catholic) 1-yard touchdown run; Scott Lees PAT kick good
:59 — Milak Putney (Eastside Catholic) 1-yard touchdown run; Scott Lees PAT kick good
Second quarter scoring:
10:36 — Jack Rossmeissl (Eastside Catholic) 50-yard interception return for a touchdown; Scott Lees PAT kick good
9:14 — Jack Rossmeissl (Eastside Catholic) 42-yard fumble return for a touchdown; Scott Lees PAT kick good
Third quarter scoring:
11:02 — Hayden Harris (Eastside Catholic) 36-yard touchdown pass to Gee Scott; Scott Lees PAT kick good
8:03 — Malik Putney (Eastside Catholic) 99-yard interception return for a touchdown; Scott Lees PAT kick good
Fourth quarter scoring:
9:14 — Carlos Serrano (Edmonds-Woodway) 2-yard touchdown run; Jackson Karr PAT kick good
:00 — Carlos Serrano (Edmonds-Woodway) 2-yard touchdown run; no PAT attempted
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 9-2 overall; Eastside Catholic 10-0 overall
— By Doug Petrowski