By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
After seven weeks it’s all come down to the league finale for Mariner and Edmonds-Woodway.
Tonight’s game between the Warriors and Marauders, who are both tied at 3-1 in the league standings, is for the No. 2 seed in the Wesco 4A South. The No. 2 seed guarantees a spot in the quad-district playoffs, while the loser is relegated to the No. 3 spot, meaning next week’s crossover game is a must-win if it wants to advance to quad-districts.
As for on the field, Mariner and Edmonds-Woodway are both run-oriented offenses. But while the Marauders’ two big backs, Josh Williamson and Kiante Ahmad-Woods, have run for nearly 1,500 yards this season, Edmonds-Woodway’s main running back, Desmond Young, has battled injuries this season.
Young returned two weeks ago after missing more than a month’s worth of action and had a strong second half, rushing for 117 yards in a win over Kamiak. Last week against Lynnwood Young went for 147 yards on just eight carries but he injured his leg on his third touchdown run of the game and didn’t return. Edmonds-Woodway head coach John Gradwohl said that Young suffered a thigh bruise in the win over the Royals and that he’ll be ready to play tonight.
As for stopping Mariner’s rushing attack, Gradwohl said the Warriors will have to be disciplined.
“We have to play assignment football,” Gradwohl said. “We have to take proper angles and rally to the ball. They don’t go down easy so we’re going to need two to three guys on the tackle.”
Mariner vs. Edmonds-Woodway
Where: Edmonds Stadium
When: 5 p.m.
Records: Mariner (3-1 4A South, 5-2 overall); Edmonds-Woodway (3-1, 5-2)
Key players: Mariner—Josh Williamson, Jr., RB/LB; Dan Nadat, Sr., QB/DB; Kiante Ahmad-Woods, Sr., RB/LB; Malcolm Manson, Sr., WR/DE; Hector Ruiz, Sr., OL/DL. Edmonds-Woodway—Desmond Young, Sr., RB/DB; Davis Giles, Jr., QB; Matt Cuzzetto, Sr., WR/DB; Travis Bakken, Jr., TE/DL; Theo Lebesis, Jr., TE/LB.
Webcast: Warrior Radio
Lake Stevens at Snohomish
Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium
When: 7 p.m.
Records: Lake Stevens (2-1 4A North, 5-2 overall); Snohomish (1-2, 2-5)
Breakdown: Snohomish is coming off its first league win of the season and can force a three-way tie for second place in the 4A North with a win over Lake Stevens. If Snohomish wins it will force a tiebreaker to be held Monday at Arlington H.S. between the Panthers, Vikings and Arlington. For more information on the tiebreaker, click here.
Key players: Lake Stevens—Andrew Elgaen, Sr., TE/LB; Conner Coleman, Sr., WR/DB; Gavin O’Neil, Jr., QB; Brandon Johnson, Sr., G/DT; Carey Campbell, Sr., TE/DE. Snohomish—Russell Crippen, Sr., RB/WR/DB; Kyle Gionet, Sr., QB; Kyle Yeoman, Sr., TE/LB; Dustin Wiseman, Sr., OL/DL; Ty Carlson, Jr., TE/DL; RB Peter St. Marie.
Radio: KRKO (1380 AM)
Lynnwood vs. Jackson
Where: Everett Memorial Stadium
When: 7 p.m.
Records: Lynnwood (0-4 4A South, 1-6 overall); Jackson (4-0, 6-1)
Breakdown: Jackson clinched the 4A South title last week but they can complete an undefeated league run with a victory tonight against the Royals. Lynnwood, meanwhile, is trying to keep from going winless in its first season in 4A.
Key players: Lynnwood—Andrew Basham, Sr., OL/DL; Jordan Drew, Sr., RB/LB; Morgan Skelton, Sr., QB/DB; Ezekiel King, Jr., OL/DL. Jackson—Conor Plaisance, Sr., QB; Larry Baker-Bruce, Sr., RB/WR/DB; Keynan Foster, So., WR/DB; Trey Robinson, Jr., WR/DB.
Cascade vs. Kamiak
Where: Goddard Stadium
When: 7 p.m.
Records: Cascade (1-2 4A South, 3-4 overall); Kamiak (1-2, 3-4)
Breakdown: Neither of these teams can make the playoffs but both teams are playing for pride. Cascade is trying to finish .500 in league and have four wins under first-year head coach Joe Cronin after going winless the past two seasons. A number of tough losses has Kamiak disappointed but a win over Cascade would make for a nice cap to the league season.
Key players: Cascade—Ryan Lukas, Sr., QB/DB; KJ Brady, Jr., WR/DB; Kaleb Dobson, Jr., WR/DB; Steven Gallardo, Sr., TE/DL; KeJuan Coleman, So., RB/LB. Kamiak—Brett Ludeman, Sr., QB; Austin Hall, Jr., RB/DB; Tyri Bethea, Sr., WR/DB; Isaiah Lee, Sr., RB/DB; Ian Hughes, Sr., OL/DL..
Everett at Stanwood
Where: Bob Larson Stadium
When: 7 p.m.
Records: Everett (0-3 3A North, 0-7 overall); Stanwood (0-3, 2-5)
Key players: Stanwood—Kyle O’Donnell, Sr., OL/DL; Brian O’Donnell, Sr., TE/LB; Jake Campbell, Sr., WR; Kyle Strachan, Sr., RB; Drew Wright, Jr., QB. Everett—Nolan Rogge, So. QB/DB; Garret Wise, Sr., SE/LB; Ahmed Kamagate, Jr., RB/DB; Chris Miedema, Jr., OL/DL.
Radio: KAPS (660 AM)
Mount Vernon at Monroe
Where: Bearcat Stadium
When: 7 p.m.
Records: Mount Vernon (3-0 4A North, 4-3 overall); Monroe (0-3, 1-6)
Key players: Monroe—Mitchell Price, Sr., QB; Hunter Bingham, Jr., QB; Gabe Moore, Jr., RB/LB; Dylan Judson, Sr., TE/LB; Max Blais, Jr., RB/LB. Mount Vernon—Bennett Gibson, Sr., QB; Zach Bamba, Sr., WR/DB; Micah Scott, Jr., F/LB.
Webcast: Skagit Radio Sports
Shorecrest vs. Marysville Getchell at Marysville Pilchuck H.S., Mountlake Terrace vs. Shorewood at Shoreline Stadium, Concrete at Darrington, Sultan at South Whidbey, Cedarcrest at Archbishop Murphy, King’s at Coupeville, Granite Falls at Lakewood, 7 p.m.