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Football: Huge matchup with Curtis looming for unbeaten Eagles; Decatur wins
There’s no doubt that to win the South Puget Sound League South Division football championship, a team will have to go through the Curtis Vikings.
The Vikings have claimed the last four SPSL South crowns and haven’t lost a league game since the 2008 season.
The Federal Way Eagles will take their best shot Friday night when they travel to University Place to take on the Vikings in a key early-season SPSL South battle.
Federal Way remained unbeaten with another impressive win over the Puyallup Vikings Friday night, 33-13, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The 10th-ranked Eagles got another huge game from senior D.J. May.
For the second game in a row, May ran for a pair of touchdowns and returned an interception for another score. Offensively, May finished with 160 yards on just 15 carries the ground, including touchdown runs of 57 and 52 yards. Defensively, May broke a 6-6 tie in the second quarter after he stepped in front of a Puyallup receiver and took the interception back 44 yards for the score.
The Eagles’ defense was huge again. Federal Way intercepted the Puyallup quarterbacks four times on the night and limited the Vikings to just 44 rushing yards, including minus yardage in the first half. The Eagles finished with three sacks during the first two quarters.
Rod Jones got the scoring going with a 1-yard touchdown run during the first quarter for Federal Way. After a Puyallup score tied the game, the Eagles tallied the next 20 points, including a pair of May TDs and a 19-yard run by Zeke McNeal.
The Vikings’ second touchdown came on a 90-yard kickoff return by Matt Becker with 6:01 left in the game after the McNeal score. Puyallup then recovered an onside kick, but another interception in the end zone and a 52-yard TD run by May essentially ended the game.
at Decatur 33, Bremerton 20 (Saturday)
In a rare Saturday afternoon game at Federal Way Memorial Stadium, the Gators picked up their first win in a year over the Bremerton Knights, 33-20. Decatur had lost its last nine games in a row.
The Gators (1-1) got huge games from senior quarterback Abraham Ferrell-Logan and senior wide receiver Michael Klavuhn. Ferrell-Logan, who was starting his first game of the season, accounted for five total touchdowns Saturday. Ferrell-Logan had a pair of touchdown runs and hit Klavuhn with three touchdown passes during the victory.
The Knights took a 13-0 lead after the first quarter on a Michael Lawrence 16-yard touchdown strike to Tim Pounds and a 9-yard run by Andrew Shadle. The Gators bounced back in the second quarter on a 26-yard touchdown run by Ferrell-Logan to cut the Bremerton lead to 13-7 at the half.
But the second half was all Decatur. Klavuhn hauled in a 24-yard pass to give the Gators the lead for good, 14-13. Ferrell-Logan added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, before hitting Klavuhn for back-to-back touchdown passes of 30 and 52 yards to put Decatur up 33-13.
Bremerton added a late fourth-quarter touchdown to finalize the score.
The Gators travel to Yelm Friday night to take on the Tornadoes in another non-league contest. Decatur starts its SPSL 3A schedule Sept. 30 at Enumclaw.
at Bethel 56, Beamer 39 (Saturday)
The Titans fell to 0-2 in the SPSL South with a loss to the high-powered Bethel Braves Saturday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
No results were reported.