Conks unable to overcome slow start in loss to Edmonds-Woodway
Kent, Wash. – The Conquerors struggled early in their 28-38 loss to the Warriors of Edmonds-Woodway. The game marked the first loss of the season for Kentwood.
How it happened: On the opening kickoff senior Tayvonne Miller set the Conks’ offense up with great field position following a 71-yard return. Two quick passes from senior quarterback Justin Seiber to senior wide receivers Jake Moore and Stephen Watson gave Kentwood a 1st and 10 from the 14-yardline. Three plays later the Conks found themselves in a 4th and 3 situation from the 7-yardline. Opting to go for it, the Conquerors turned the ball over on downs after a Miller rush was blown up by the Edmonds-Woodway defense.
Beginning the drive at their own 6-yardline, the Warriors of Edmonds-Woodway gave themselves some breathing room by gaining 16 yards on a 1st down toss play. Two penalties, an incomplete pass, and a 7-yard completion later, the Warriors found themselves in a 3rd and 13 from their own 19-yardline. What happened next was indicative of the kind of night it was going to be for the Conks, as Edmonds-Woodway completed an 81-yard touchdown pass off play action giving the Warriors a 7-0 lead following an extra point conversion.
After a drive where the Edmonds-Woodway defense sacked Justin Seiber multiple times, the Conquerors were forced to punt. Following a vicious Tackle for Loss by senior linebacker Cade Harris to force a 3rd and short, the Warriors opted to throw a hitch pass to their sideline, where unbeknownst to them senior linebacker Tayvonne Miller was lurking in the flats and tipped the pass up in the air where senior cornerback Mason Glover came down with it in stride.
Glover’s 24-yard return gave the Conqueror offense the ball on the Edmonds-Woodway 23-yardline, where 4 plays later Seiber rolled out and found senior wideout Jacob Cronn in the back of the end zone on a 9-yard completion to tie the score at 7-7 following a converted extra point by junior Nik Diaz. Edmonds-Woodway wasted no time responding, as they used an 8 play, 40-yard drive to regain the lead at 10-7 following a 36-yard field goal.
The two teams went back and forth trading possessions for the next couple of series, until on a 1st and 10 play from the 50-yard line Miller again was responsible for an Edmonds-Woodway turnover, this time forcing a fumble with senior linebacker Hao Ly there to recover and give the ball to the Conqueror offense. Feeding off the momentum his defense had given him, Seiber went 4-5 for 44 yards on the ensuing drive, culminating in a 21-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Alphonse Oywak putting the Conks ahead at 14-10 following another Diaz extra point.
Undeterred, the Edmonds-Woodway offense used a 7-play, 59 yard drive to take back momentum following an 11-yard rushing touchdown with 1:30 left in the 1st half giving the Warriors a 17-14 lead after the extra point.
Post halftime it was Edmonds-Woodway who came out with a sense of urgency. The Warrior offense went 7 plays, turning the ball over on downs, however the Warrior defense on the very next play recovered a Kentwood fumble at the 49-yardline. Four plays later an Edmonds-Woodway running back raced 29 yards up the middle to extend the lead to 24-14 following an extra point.
After struggling for most of the game, the KW running attack gave the offense some juice with Miller breaking off a 44-yard run, setting the Conks up in the red zone where on the next play Seiber found Watson in the flat, taking it 16 yards to the end zone and cutting the Edmonds-Woodway lead to 24-21 following a Connor Plett extra point.
The two teams traded possessions on the next two series, with Kentwood forcing a punt and Edmonds-Woodway intercepting a Seiber pass at their own 13-yardline. Following the interception, Edmonds-Woodway’s offense went 9 plays, 87 yards, extending the lead to 31-21 on a 20-yard wheel route to the running back for a touchdown with just under 10 minutes left in the game.
With their backs against the wall, the Conqueror offense responded with an 11-play, 63 yard drive featuring a 16-yard rush by Miller, 22 and 13-yard receptions by Glover, and a 2-yard throw from Seiber to Moore for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 31-28 after an extra point by Plett.
Edmonds-Woodway had little issue getting back their 10-point lead using a 6-play, 58 yard drive ending in a 17-yard rushing touchdown and converted extra point to put the score at 38-28, with just under 4 minutes remaining.
Faced with the difficult prospect of needing two scores in 3 ½ minutes, the Conqueror offense was able to keep their drive alive in part by a 16-yard circus catch by Stephen Watson on 3rd down, and a 4th down pass from Seiber to the electric senior receiver Juwann Gault for 34-yards. From their own 5-yard line the Edmonds-Woodway defense flexed its muscle and kept the Conks out of the end zone for three straight plays, forcing them to settle for a field goal attempt to make it a one score game. Following back to back penalties, one for a false start and the other for delay of game, the Conquerors missed the field goal, essentially sealing the game for the visiting Warriors.
Notable Statistics: Offense –
- QB Justin Seiber 35-57 327 yds 4 TD, 1 INT
- WR Stephen Watson 11 Rec 89 Yds TD
- LB Cade Harris 18 Tackles
- DB Mason Glover 1 INT
- LB Tayvonne Miller 1 PBU, 1 FF
Special Teams –
- RB/LB Dyson Johnson 3 Punts 109 Yds, 36.3 Yd Avg., No returns
Up Next: The Conquerors begin NPSL league play at home next Saturday as they take on the Lancers of Kennedy Catholic High School (6 p.m at French Field)