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M-P loses to Edmonds-Woodway 21-10
Playoff chances hang on three-way tie
MARYSVILLE It was a bitter farewell to Quil Ceda Stadium for Tomahawk varsity seniors after a dramatic 21-10 loss to Edmonds-Woodway High School at home Oct. 19.
M-P quarterback Denay Stell threw four interceptions and rushed for one touchdown, while Elwood Sevon kicked his fifth field goal of the season in the turnover-plagued, non-league game. E-W quarterback Kyle McCartney completed 5 of 6 passes for 58 yards, more than Stells 56 yards from 5 completions of 14 attempts. Their average receptions of 11.6 and 11.2 yards were nearly identical. McCartney also ran for an 18-yard touchdown.
Levi Cartas led M-P receivers with three catches good for 31 yards, and Caleb Posey caught one 9-yard pass, with Mitch Burnside receiving a 16-yard pass. Warrior Antoine Wafer caught three of Stells four interceptions, including one with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter he ran 27 yards to the end zone for E-Ws last touchdown.
Rushing stats were similar between the teams, with 187 yards on the ground for M-P and 197 for E-W. Posey and Ryan Sterley both ground up 61 yards a piece for M-P.
The turnovers were the key to the mismatch between the undefeated Warriors, 8-0 overall, 7-0 in conference, and the Tommies, 4-3, 4-4, who still have a chance to advance to the playoffs. They will have to beat Arlington, Cascade will have to lose to undefeated Oak Harbor, and Lake Stevens will have to beat Everett, who are 3-5 overall, 2-5 in conference. If that scenario happens there will be a mini-playoff using the Kansas City tiebreaker, according to Marysville School District athletic coordinator Greg Erickson.
At one time near the end of the third quarter back-to-back fumbles kept M-P in contention, as E-Ws Tony Heard ran the ball to M-Ps 40-yard line, and the Warriors fumbled on the next play, recovering on the M-P 19-yard line. The very next play E-W did it again, only the Tomahawks recovered on their own 14.
The Tommies blew a chance to even the score after a nicely played onside kick put the ball on E-Ws 47-yard line. But Wafer picked another pass, ending their hopes.
That kind of killed our momentum, said a disappointed Brandon Carson. The first-year coach was quick to defend Stell, saying two of the interceptions werent the quarterbacks fault. Once the receivers ran the wrong route, he added.
Passing is not our thing, its not what we do, Carson said.
Playing an undefeated powerhouse like the Warriors was a challenge in the first place, and Carson said his players made a contest of most of the game. He said he wouldnt have made any changes to the plays he called or the positions he filled; it was just one of those match-ups that went south in the end.
I liked our game play I was disappointed in our play in the second half, he said. Our kids fought really hard.
E-W coach John Gradwohl complimented the Tommies for their efforts.
They did an outstanding job of controlling the ball during the first half, the 12th-year coach said, noting his players were just trying to stay healthy during the non-league game. I thought our guys stepped up. I think we learned a lot.
Carson was anxious about playoff hopes for the team he has turned around in a short amount of time.
This is our seniors last time on this field, and they took it really hard, Carson lamented. They gave it all they had.