Warriors can’t hold off determined Lake Stevens team

Josh Friemark (6) and Jordan Barnes (59) bring down a Lake Stevens player Friday night. (Photo by Char Blankenship)

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For three quarters, it looked like Edmonds-Woodway was on its way to becoming the Wesco League champions. Led by junior Desmond Young, who ran for 291 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, the Warriors had a 31-14 lead over Wesco North champions Lake Stevens late in the third quarter. But the Vikings came storming back, scoring three touchdowns and a field goal to beat the Wesco South champs and take a 35-31 victory.

Lake Stevens struck first, with quarterback Jake Nelson hitting Christian Gasca on a 17-yard touchdown pass. But Edmonds-Woodway running back Desmond Young answered with a 46-yard run. His 11-yard run capped the Warriors’ next drive as Edmonds-Woodway took a 21-14 lead into the half.

Young then scored a 92-yard run with 1:58 left in the third quarter to put his team up 31-14. It wasn’t enough. Penalties, coupled with a rejuvenated Lake Stevens offense, proved too much for the Warriors.

“On both sides of the ball we played well, except for just stuff like that (penalties),” Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. “They’re a hell of team. You’re not going to stop them.”

Both teams now advance to the quad-district playoffs. The Warriors (5-4) play host to South Kitsap, the No. 4 team from the Narrows League, next Friday night in Edmonds Stadium.

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