Lake Stevens High School football won their closest game of the year Friday night, defeating Edmonds-Woodway 31-27 to come away with the conference’s number three seed and securing a home field game this next weekend.
The Vikings came out early, putting fourteen unanswered points on the scoreboard with a rushing touchdown by junior quarterback Gavin O’Neil and a 37-yard pass to Wesco’s leading receiver, senior Conner Coleman. Edmonds-Woodway managed to get their star running back into the end zone near the end of the second quarter, making the score 14-7.
Neither team slacked off in the second half, battling up and down the field.
Senior tight end Ryan Simoneaux, under double coverage, pulled in an 18-yard touchdown pass to give Lake Stevens another two-score lead (21-7).
Junior running back Austin Otis, turning in another great rushing game with over 160 yards on 26 carries, ate up yardage and clock time all night with his 6-yard-per-run average.
Edmonds-Woodway quickly brought the score back to within seven points. Then Otis had a 70-yard rushing touchdown called back on a holding penalty, putting the Vikings in a long-yardage position.
Coleman, who had just broken 1000 yards for the season on an earlier pass from O’Neil, then took a quick stand-up at the line of scrimmage, slipped by two defenders and hit the sideline for a superfans-screaming 87-yard touchdown run and a new Lake Stevens High School record for most receiving yards in a single game (210 yards by the end of the night).
Ultimately this put the game out of reach for Edmonds-Woodway, who managed their only back-to-back touchdowns halfway through the fourth quarter but under pressure from the Vikings bounced an extra-point kick off the uprights to make the score 28-27.
The Lake Stevens offense burned five minutes off the clock on a long drive capped by a 22-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Ignacio Ponce, and then put the game in the hands of their defense which stopped Edmonds-Woodway’s final drive on the Viking’s twenty-six yard line.
The Lake Stevens Vikings face Kentlake at home this coming weekend, in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Vikings will be playing Kentlake at home on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
Remember, students do not get in free at play-off games and Family and Employee passes will not be accepted.