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31 years, so what: Federal Way snares title
A 31-year drought came to an end Thursday night on a windy and wet field at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Federal Way Eagle football team captured their first South Puget Sound League championship since 1976 by pulling out a 27-21 overtime victory over the Kentridge Chargers.
The win over the Chargers came in dramatic fashion and moved the Eagles to 6-0 in the SPSL North Division and 7-1 overall. Ninth-ranked Federal Way needed a pair of huge second-half plays from wide receiver/defensive back Aaron Broussard and an overtime touchdown by Andre Barrington.
Tied at 21-21 at the end of regulation, Kentridge (4-2, 5-3) earned the overtimes first possession, which start from the 25-yard line. But quarterback Brandon Turner fumbled the ball away to Federal Ways Marcus James on the 11-yard line, meaning if Federal Way scored, they win the game and the SPSL North title.
On their first offensive play in overtime, the Eagles were called for holding, which moved them back to the 35. But on their next play, senior quarterback Justin Southern hit Alex Dorland on a 30-yard pass that gave the Eagles first-and-goal from the 5. A roughing-the-passer penalty moved it to the 2, and Barrington followed with the game-winning touchdown.
That the game even got to overtime was somewhat of a surprise. For the first three quarters of Thursdays game, the Eagles struggled on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
The Chargers and Turner racked up big yardage against the Federal Way defensive line and built a 21-7 lead midway through the third quarter. Turner, the Chargers quarterback, tallied all three Kentridge touchdowns on the ground and finished with 203 yards on 26 carries.
But Broussard led the Federal Way turnaround. First, he intercepted a fourth-down pass from Turner with 6:11 to play in the fourth quarter. One play later, Southern hit Broussard down the sideline and he raced 68 yards for the tying touchdown with 6:01 to play.
The Eagles first two touchdowns came on a 1-yard run from Barrington in the first quarter and a 4-yard run from Southern in the third.
Broussard caught six passes on the night for 112 yards and Southern completed 14 of 20 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown. Barrington, one of the SPSLs leading rushers, finished with just 25 yards on the night.
The win not only gave the Eagles the 2007 South Puget Sound League North Division title, but also the right to host a state playoff preliminary-round game either Oct. 2 or 3 against the third-place team from the WesCo North Division. Its still up in the air who the Eagles will be playing.
Undefeated Oak Harbor sits atop the league and Snohomish (6-1) is guaranteed the second berth. Federal Ways opponent will be either Cascade (5-2), Lake Stevens (4-3) or Marysville-Pilchuck (4-3), depending on this weekends games. Cascade can clinch the leagues third seed with a win over Oak Harbor. But a Cascade loss and wins by Lake Stevens and Marysville-Pilchuck creates a three-team tie for third place.
Kent-Meridian 14, Decatur 6
Kent-Meridian quarterback Jesse Earle threw two touchdown passes one to Beau Briceno and one to Allen Trillana to lead the Royals (4-4, 3-3) over the Gators (1-7, 0-6) in the North Division Friday night at French Field.
Decatur took a 6-0 lead on a second-quarter touchdown run by Chase King.
Spanaway Lake 38, Beamer 33
Danny Pilcher rushed for 144 yards and three TDs on six carries as the Sentinels (2-6, 1-5) came back from a 13-0 deficit to beat the Titans (2-5, 0-5) in a battle of teams without a South Division win Friday night at Art Crate Stadium.
The loss couldnt overshadow a huge night by Beamer wide receiver Josh Waller. The senior scored all five of the Titans touchdowns and accounted for over 300 yards of total offense. Waller had a pair of touchdown runs a 75-yarder and a 1-yarder two touchdown catches (28 and 54) and also ran a kickoff back 89 yards for another score.
Kentlake 28, Jefferson 10
Kentlakes Kyle Schafbauer had a 50-yard interception return for a TD and a 49-yard punt return for score in the second half as the Falcons (3-5, 3-3) rolled in the second and third quarterrs after leading 9-7 at halftime. Ravi Kumar scored the only touchdown for the Raiders (1-7, 1-5) on a 7-yard pass from Taylor Stark.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com