Frank Workman: Shorewood homecoming game and Senior Night

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Shorewood's Devin Diaz Scoots around the right side for a nice gain in early game action.

Snohomish 63 - Shorewood 21
10-21-2016 at Shoreline Stadium

By Frank Workman
Photos by Wayne Pridemore

It's likely that even the most rabid of Shorewood football fans figured their team would find tough sledding Friday night as they hosted Snohomish in the T-Birds' Homecoming Game. All hope for an upset disappeared as the Panthers raced to a 35-0 lead after the first quarter, on their way to a 63-21 win, but the T-Birds still managed to thrill their fans with some exciting plays that showed the grit and tenacity that their team possesses.

T-Bird Alex Tsolmon eyes the Snohomish defensive back coming up on him.

It was a festive air that greeted Shorewood fans, as in addition to it being Homecoming, it was also Senior Night for the players and cheerleaders, who were honored prior to the game for their commitment and dedication to their respective roles.

At the end of the first quarter, local icon Wayne Pridemore was recognized for his years of service as the unofficial Shorewood photographer. His photos frequently grace your computer screens in this space. With the graduation of his granddaughter Tabitha coming this spring, Wayne will be a far less frequenter of Shorewood events.

Shorewood's Justin Cho runs behind his team mate Kevin Hirohata's block on the Snohomish linebacker.

Just before the end of the half, SW fans came out of their seats when senior Justin Cho raced 62 yards for a touchdown.

Senior Devin Diaz scored the second SW TD, this coming from seven yards out in the third quarter.

Cho capped the game's scoring in the fourth quarter, electrifying the crowd with a 91-yard touchdown run that left the fans buzzing (and Cho huffing and puffing).

Shorewood's  linebacker, Ray Davis #13, reaches for the Snohomish running back on a sweep play.
Also closing in for the tackle was #3 Alex Tsolmon and #55 Chase Crowell. 

Credit to Snohomish's coaching staff for their excellent display of sportsmanship by sitting their starters after the first quarter, allowing many of their younger players the thrill of getting meaningful playing time under the glare of the Friday night lights. No reasonable and knowledgeable fan could accuse the Panthers of running up the score and putting a damper on what proved to be a fun night for all.


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