Sedro-Woolley introduced itself to the feeling of being a state champion, and for the Cubs it couldn’t have happened in a better circumstance.
“It means we’ve arrived,” said Sedro-Woolley coach Dave Ward when asked what winning the 2A title meant. “Not only were we good all season, but now we understand how to be successful in the playoffs.”
The Cubs captured their first title in program history and accomplished the feat by making good on their season’s only loss, a 33-30 home defeat to the Lions in Week 8.
“I didn’t want to end this year without playing Lynden, so I knew we had to beat everyone to get here,” said Carter Crosby, who ran back a fourth-quarter 21-yard interception for a score. “Lynden is a great team. I’ll give them credit, but I wanted to play them so bad.”
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Not only did Sedro-Woolley get back at the Lions by earning a 42-13 win Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Tacoma Dome, the Cubs fixed the problems that cost them the game the first time around.
After allowing 360 passing yards and three touchdowns six weeks ago, Sedro-Woolley yielded 197 passing yards, allowed only one touchdown thrown by receiver Scooter Hastings and recorded five interceptions.
“They killed us in the air last time,” senior Mason Elms said. “They absolutely slaughtered us, so we just had to force them to run everything short, give up nothing deep and make them work the ball down the field. Our defense stepped up big time.”
Anthony Cann logged two interceptions and Crosby, Elms and Chad Wilburg each had one.
The Cubs also tightened up their rush defense.
Without starting running back Trent Postma in Week 8, the Lions managed 62 rush yards on 23 carries. With Postma this time, Sedro-Woolley allowed only 11 yards on 16 attempts. The Cubs also did a much better job pressuring Somers.
“These guys, they felt bad about the way we played last time,” Ward said, “but they knew we could play better. We didn’t play our best game the first time around.”
Ward, who won at Oak Harbor and Archbishop Murphy before taking over Sedro-Woolley in 2012, said each week his Cubs have improved.
Sedro-Woolley received its first taste of success last year, taking Prosser into the fourth quarter of a Class 2A State Playoff opening-round game. That feeling carried over to this fall.
“As we got better every week, our goals changed,” Ward said. “Pretty soon, we’re thinking, ‘Why not us? We’re right here. The door’s here. Let’s knock it down,’ and we did.”