Zack Berg's six TDs lead Edmonds-Woodway past M-P, 42-22
The senior running back and linebacker returned a fumble 49 yards for the final touchdown, capping a night in which he accounted for six TDs.
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EDMONDS — Maybe Zack Berg felt he hadn't done quite enough.
His efforts already filled a stat sheet: 28 carries for 147 yards and four touchdowns, a fifth TD on a halfback pass and a saved touchdown when he ran down a Marysville-Pilchuck runner at the 8-yard line.
Still, with Edmonds-Woodway's 42-22 nonleague victory nearly a done deal Friday night, Berg had one more gift for the crowd at Edmonds Stadium.
With just over a minute left, he picked up a Tomahawks fumble and 49 yards later turned to face his teammates — again from the end zone — after returning it for yet another score.
"This game right here was to prove it," said Berg, a senior. "We want to win. We were 5-5 last year."
The Warriors are 2-0 in 2010.
"Coach called it World War I and World War II," Berg said. "What have they (the Tomahawks) won, two WesCo titles in a row? We want to win the WesCo. I'm going to go all out. I've never had six touchdowns in a game."
When Brandon Carson looks at the game film, however, the Marysville-Pilchuck coach might pinpoint one key play.
Tyler Thompson was a yard from putting the Tomahawks ahead 16-0 with a nifty, 12-yard run late in the first quarter. Instead, the Warriors forced a Thompson fumble at the 1, and linebacker Cameron Berlin-Day fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchback.
"That's what we wanted to find out," Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl said. "Can we fight through adversity?"
The fumble was only the first of five turnovers by the Tomahawks (1-1). A week ago, they overcame three first-half turnovers to rally and beat Jackson.
"We just can't continue to turn the ball over," Carson said. "We've gotta get that fixed really fast. But, that kid (Berg) had all kinds of TDs."
Berg also punted and sent two kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and a third to the goal line.
"It was awesome," Gradwohl said.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker also caught and tackled M-P's 165-pound Andre Pina after a 61-yard dash to the Warriors' 8, saving a touchdown. The Tomahawks had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Kyle Bluhm.
Pina, a junior, finished with 253 yards on 14 carries.