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FOOTBALL: Federal Way ends Curtis' 28-game winning streak, 17-7, takes control of South
The streak is over.
The ninth-ranked Federal Way Eagles snapped the Curtis Vikings’ 28-game regular-season winning streak Friday night with a 17-7 win in University Place. Curtis had won the last three South Puget Sound League South Division titles in dominant fashion.
But Friday’s win gives the Eagles the inside track at getting back into the postseason after falling short a season ago. Federal Way had qualified for the playoffs the four years prior.
Federal Way currently sits by themselves atop the SPSL South with a perfect 3-0 record. Bethel is the only other unbeaten team in the division at 2-0. The two teams meet Sept. 30 in Graham.
Friday night, it was again the Eagles’ defense and the running of D.J. May which proved to be the difference against Curtis.
May tallied both of the Federal Way touchdowns Friday night, including the second with just two minutes left in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Eagles. The two touchdowns were May’s seventh and eighth of the season in just three games.
May finished the night with 82 tough yards on 21 carries against the Curtis defense. May was over 100 yards the first two weeks of the season.
The Federal Way defense, led by Washington State-commit Jordan Pulu and Portland State-commit Uso Olive, was impressive again. After giving up an early touchdown to E.J. Deveaux, the Eagles held the Vikings scoreless in the final three quarters. In total, the Federal Way defense has given up a total of 34 points against three high-powered offenses in Graham-Kapowsin, Puyallup and Curtis.
Curtis’ only score came after the Vikings blocked a punt, giving them the ball on Federal Way’s 24-yard line to take a 7-0 lead. Deveaux scored four plays later.
The Eagles and May came right back by scoring their first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run to tie the game later in the first quarter. Federal Way kicker Koby Craig gave the Eagles a 10-7 lead when he hit a 37-yard field goal early in the third quarter.
Eagle defensive back J.J. McNeil clinched the win with an interception with just over a minute left in the game.
Federal Way will host Emerald Ridge (2-1) Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
In other football action:
Decatur 20, at Yelm 14
The Gators improved to 2-1 on the year with the non-league win over the Tornadoes Friday night in Yelm.
Things couldn’t have started out better for the Gators. Decatur returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to take a quick 6-0 lead. Yelm came right back to take a 7-6 lead on a 6-yard TD run by Jacob Swilley, but the Gators tallied the next two scores to take a commanding 20-7 lead.
Decatur quarterback Abraham Ferrell-Logan hit Drew Thompson on a pair of touchdown passes. The first was a 71-yarder in the second quarter and the second was from 35-yards out. Thompson finished with six catches for 175 yards.
The Gators will take on Foss Saturday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium in another non-league contest. The game will be dedicated to Robert Harris, the Decatur junior who drowned at Lake Tapps on Sept. 10. Fans are asked to wear black to honor Harris.
Auburn Riverside 48, at Beamer 13
The Titans fell to 0-3 on the season with the non-league, home loss to the Ravens Friday night at Federal Way memorial Stadium.
Auburn Riverside took the lead in the first quarter on a 42-yard field goal from Joe Miles. But Beamer came right back when quarterback Arjun Weherwatthage hit Willie Roach on a 34-yard touchdown pass later in the opening quarter. The Peter Lee extra point gave the Titans a 7-3 advantage.
But the Ravens tallied the next 43 points to run away with the game.
Roach finished with five catches for 62 yards. Nick Bod led plethora of Beamer rushers with 64 yards.
The Titans take on Rogers at Sparks Stadium on Friday night.