E-W pushes past Meadowdale, 10-7
Cameron Berlin-Day's fumble recovery and first career field goal helped the Warriors sneak past district rival Meaowdale.
Special to The Seattle Times
EDMONDS — In the grander scheme, it affects very little for the season.
But you couldn't have told that from the raucous, near-capacity crowd at Edmonds Stadium Friday night, or from the way the green-clad Edmonds-Woodway Warriors celebrated with their crowd as the clock wound down.
The Class 4A Warriors survived a stout defensive effort from 3A district rival Meadowdale to eke out a 10-7 nonleague football victory in a driving rain.
The difference? Cameron Berlin-Day's first career field-goal attempt in the third quarter.
Berlin-Day connected from 34 yards to extend Edmonds-Woodway's lead to 10-0. But the outcome remained in doubt until the Mavericks' final offensive play, a fourth-down incompletion with 1:43 to go. Meadowdale had marched 66 yards after the field goal to score its only touchdown with 3:10 left in the quarter, on Michael Dever's 1-yard run.
"A lot of us have been waiting since freshman year to play this game," Berlin-Day said. "To a lot of us, it is more important than a playoff game. I'm just happy I could contribute."
Berlin-Day also recovered a fumble in the first quarter, his second consecutive game with a recovery.
"I'm just getting lucky, I guess," the 5-foot-10 senior said. "Right place, right time."
He wasn't the only one contributing to the Warriors' 3-0 season start, however.
A week after virtually putting the team on his back in a win over Marysville-Pilchuck, senior Zack Berg played the role of workhorse again. His 104 yards on 20 carries came mostly in small chunks.
But it was his longest run of the game that got things rolling for Edmonds-Woodway early. After Berlin-Day recovered a fumble at the Meadowdale 25 less than a minute into the contest, Berg took the Warriors' second play (following a penalty) 29 yards for a touchdown.
It was the first offensive touchdown against the Meadowdale defense this season.
Meadowdale (2-1) had allowed only a safety in a Week 1 win over Shorecrest, then just a kickoff return for a touchdown a week ago against Lindbergh.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Meadowdale coach Mark Stewart said. "We still feel really good about our defense. Now we'll go get better next week."