Rather than ghost, ghouls or goblins, it was Graham-Kapowsin running back Shannon Edwards who gavethe Bethel Braves nightmares Friday night.
After all, with Halloween in the air at Art Crate Field, Edwards’ 16 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns helped the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles emerge from the rivalry game with a 35-13 SPSL South Division victory over the Braves.
The win gave the Eagles a 5-1 record in SPSL play as Graham-Kapowsin wrapped up the second seed — and the playoff spot that comes with it.
Despite the loss, Bethel (2-4 in SPSL) got a treat as the Braves earned a postseason spot, thanks to Puyallup’s 35-0 win over Rogers.
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After a slow start to the game that saw both teams struggle to establish offensive rhythm, Graham Kapowsin opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown plunge from Edwards late in the first quarter.
The 5-foot-9 senior added another scoring run in the second quarter on a 37-yard scamper.
Senior quarterback Trevor Asbjornsen contributed to the Eagles’ offensive outburst with a 34-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Elan Olmos and junior running back Kobe Meriweather added a 31-yard scoring run. The Eagles led at halftime, 28-0.
“He’s a good running back,” Graham-Kapowsin coach Eric Kurle said of Edwards, who added his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter. “We’ve got a couple good running backs, and our line did a good job tonight, so we’re excited about that.”
The Eagles will face the Monroe Bearcats of the WesCo in the first round of the playoffs next week.
“They’re a great football team, so we’ve got to get after it and play better football on both sides of the ball,” Kurle said.
Senior quarterback Jamon Jones scored on a 2-yard run midway through the fourth quarter for Bethel’s first touchdown. Backup quarterback Mikey Christman added a 25-yard touchdown pass for the Braves.
Bethel will face the unbeaten Bothell Cougars next week.
“It’s a high school football game, and anyone can win on any given night,” first-year Braves coach Mark Iddins said . “Once playoffs start, it’s a new season.”