FOOTBALL: Fourth-ranked Federal Way rolls over Rogers, 41-14, in season opener

Federal Way senior running back Zeek McNeal gets around a Rogers defender Friday night during the Eagles
Federal Way senior running back Zeek McNeal gets around a Rogers defender Friday night during the Eagles' 41-14 win at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. McNeal scored a pair of first-half touchdowns on runs of 31 and 68 yards.
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The Federal Way Eagles' title defense started with a dominating performance Friday night in their South Puget Sound League South Division opener.

The Eagle football team, who rolled through the SPSL South unbeaten a year ago, dominated the Rogers Rams, 41-14, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Fourth-ranked Federal Way never gave Rogers a chance Friday. The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and outscored Rogers 27-0 in the second quarter to take a 41-0 halftime lead.

The Federal Way offense got things going early and often. Senior running back Zeek McNeal finished with a pair of touchdowns and had over 100 yards before halftime. McNeal led off the scoring on a spectacular 31-yard run where he bounced to the outside, breaking several tackles on his way to the endzone. McNeal, who was a part of Federal Way's state-winning 4x400 relay team in the spring, also broke loose early in the second quarter for a 68-yard TD run.

The Eagles' other first-half touchdowns came on a 6-yard run by senior quarterback Evan Elliott, senior Mike Tate caught a 30-yard pass from Kennan Curran, Brandon Warren caught a 25-yarder from Elliott and sophomore Chico McClatcher returned a punt 64 yards for another score.

Rogers' two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Stefan Van Horne and a 73-yard pass to Kyler Ooley.

The Eagles will play their second SPSL South game at 7 p.m. at Sparks Stadium Thursday night against the Emerald Ridge Jaguars. The game will be televised live on Root Sports with commentary from Brad Adam and Decatur High School graduate Jason Stiles.

In other football action:

Puyallup 33, Beamer 19 (Friday)

Things started out perfectly for the Titans Friday night at Sparks Stadium. The Titans (0-1) bolted out to an early 16-7 lead over the Vikings. But things didn't end too well.

Puyallup outscored Beamer 26-0 after halftime to pick up the season-opening SPSL South Division win.

Beamer opened the scoring in the first quarter when the Titans got the ball on the Puyallup 1-yard line after the Vikings completed an illegal kick after a snap went over the punter's head. Beamer quarterback Anthony Allen scored from 1-yard out.

The Vikings tied the game at 7-7 later in the first quarter. However, the Titans picked up a safety and got a 15-yard touchdown run from Rob Howard to take the 16-7 halftime lead. But Puyallup tallied four second-half touchdowns to win the game.

Beamer will play once again at Sparks Stadium Friday night when they take on the Rogers Rams. Rogers was beaten up in their opener by Federal Way, 41-14.

Kentlake 47, Jefferson 13 (Friday)

The Raiders dropped to 0-1 on the season with the loss to the defending SPSL North champion Falcons Friday night at French Field in Kent. No other details were reported about the game.

Wilson 45, Decatur 13 (Friday)

The Gators (0-1) lost a non-league game to the Wilson Rams Friday night. No other details were reported about the game.

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