By Chris Trujillo For The Enterprise
EVERETT — Edmonds-Woodway running back Zach Berg is nearly unstoppable. If it’s evidence you need just take a peek at his mind-boggling statistics.
Berg rushed for 293 yards and scored four touchdowns in E-W’s thrilling 34-28 overtime victory over Kamiak in a Western Conference 4A South Division battle Oct. 8 at Goddard Stadium.
The victory was the Warriors second overtime win in as many weeks.
“He is a remarkable football player and person,” Kamiak coach Dan Mack said. “This was a very tough loss for us. We knew if we were going to win we’d have to stop him.”
Choi Joonwon intercepted Kamiak quarterback Anthony Berg in overtime to set up Edmonds-Woodway’s game-winning touchdown drive. On its fourth overtime play fullback David Pikelny crashed in from six yards out to give the Warriors the victory. Edmonds-Woodway improved to 2-1 in league and 5-1 overall and hosts Cascade (0-2, 0-6) at 5 p.m., Oct. 15 at Edmonds Stadium. The Knights (0-2, 2-4) will host Mariner (2-0, 4-2).
With the game tied at 21, E-W, which coughed up the ball four times in the first half and broke the tie when quarterback Tyler Brudevold connected with Berg for a 36-yard touchdown with four minutes remaining in regulation. Brudevold completed 9 of 15 passes for 112 yards and two interceptions.
The resilient Knights, however, struck back on their next possession by marching 80 yards on 12 plays leaving 43 seconds on the clock. Luckily for Kamiak, the Warriors aided the drive by committing a pass interference penalty on fourth down, which gave the Knights a first down at the Warriors’ 7-yard line. Kamiak quarterback Anthony Berg threw a strike between two Warrior defenders, completing the pass to Quin Carlson for the game-tying score. Berg completed 10 of 16 passes for 117 yards on the night.
“We have to give credit to them (the Knights),” Zach Berg said. “They played a great game. We knew they were coming after us.”
The Warriors finished with 346 yards on the ground and 458 total yards. Berg had 198 yards in the first half alone. His other three touchdowns came on runs of 95, 68 and 2. Last week, the 6-foot, 2-inch senior rushed for 193 yards in the team’s 52-51 win over Jackson.
“We kept doing what we’ve been doing every game,” Berg said. “Our offensive line is just great. They can trust me and I can trust them. We are all really tight and we just believe in each other.”
Nic Cooper led the Knights with 122 rushing yards on 19 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 69 and 1. Kamiak finished with 231 yards on the ground and 348 total yards.
“I have to tip my hat to Edmonds-Woodway,” Mack said. “This was a hard fought game. But this has been our season. We’ve been close, but we just haven’t been able to get it done.”