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Prep football: Raiders, Eagles both lose big Thursday
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders got a big taste of one of the better teams in the South Puget Sound League North Division Thursday night. The Kentwood Conquerors spoiled the early-season optimism at TJ with a dominating 61-8 win at French Field.
The Raiders (1-1) were coming off an impressive 21-7 win over Tahoma in the first week of the SPSL North season. It was TJ's first-ever win over the Bears. But Kentwood's dominance over the Raiders continued. Thursday's victory was the Conquerors 15th straight over Jefferson.
Kentwood (2-0) has outscored its first two opponents 97-0 during the first half and 130-8 overall. The second half Thursday was played with a running clock after the Conks took a 42-0 lead after the second quarter. In total, Kentwood scored five touchdowns on plays longer than 30 yards.
Jefferson quarterback K.W. Williams, who had a solid game last week against Tahoma with both his arm and legs, managed just 37 yards of total offense. Keegan Giles scored the team's lone touchdown on a 49-yard run in the fourth quarter. Giles ended up with 164 yards on the ground, which is his second game this year with over 100 yards.
The Raiders have another tough SPSL North game Friday night when they host the top-ranked Auburn Trojans at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Auburn beat Mount Rainier last week 66-0.
Puyallup 46, Federal Way 17 (Thursday)
The Eagles fell to 0-2 in the SPSL South Division with a loss to the Puyallup Vikings Thursday night at Sparks Stadium.
Federal Way couldn't contain Viking quarterback Erin Barber. The senior finished with six touchdown passes during the 46-17 win. The six TD passes gave Barber an amazing 13 for the season. He had seven during Puyallup's week one win.
But the Eagles had their chances Thursday. Federal Way bolted out to a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter thanks to a 5-yard touchdown run by DJ May and a 21-yard field goal from Koby Craig.
However, Barber guided the Vikings on four unanswered touchdown drives to give Puyallup a 32-10 lead entering the fourth quarter. Barber finished 21 of 40 for 283 yards.
Federal Way's lone second half score came on an 8-yard run by May. May finished with 92 yards of offense. Eagle quarterback Nick Tanielu had a solid night, completing 16 of 33 passes for 189 yards. Michael Tate caught nine of those passes for 100 yards.
Things don't get any easier for the Eagles. Federal Way will host the No. 2-ranked Curtis Vikings Thursday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Curtis (2-0) dominated Spanaway Lake Friday night, 60-7.