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The streak is over: Jefferson downs Decatur, 21-2
Friday night was the perfect time for the Thomas Jefferson Raiders to break a 12-game losing streak.
It was their Homecoming game with all the pomp and circumstance and the Raiders were playing their cross-district rival Decatur, who has also struggled to win games the last few years. Everything was set up for Jefferson to get a win and the Raiders (1-5) did exactly that with an impressive 21-2 victory over the Gators (1-5).
The win not only halted the 12-game losing streak, which extends back to early last season, but also gave head coach Dean Peck his first win at Jefferson. Peck replaced Kevin Hanis during the offseason. TJs last win came last year against the Kent-Meridian Royals, 22-15, on Sept. 14, 2006.
Friday night it was a pair of seniors that led the Raiders to the Homecoming win. Quarterback Taylor Stark threw a pair of touchdown passes to senior Bryant Cameron in the second quarter to give Jefferson a 14-0 halftime lead.
Stark finished the game completing 14 of 16 passes for 195 yards and Cameron caught seven of those passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior running back Victor Diep had a 9-yard TD run for Jefferson in the third quarter to give the Raiders a 21-0 lead. Decaturs only points came on a third-quarter safety.
Jefferson will try to put together a winning streak Thursday night when they travel to French Field to take on the Kentridge Chargers. Kentridge sits in second place in the South Puget Sound League North Division with a 3-1 record. Decatur takes on the North-leading Federal Way Eagles Friday.
Gra-Kapowsin 41, Beamer 14 (Friday)
The Graham-Kapowsin Eagles remained unbeaten in the SPSL South Division by trouncing the Todd Beamer Titans Friday at Art Crate Stadium in Spanaway. The loss was Beamers fourth in a row and dropped them to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the SPSL South.
Graham-Kapowsin running back Marcel Smith rushed for 277 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles rolled up 525 yards of total offense Friday night. Smith left the game midway through the third quarter and has rushed for nearly 900 yards in the past three Graham-Kapowsin games. He leads the state with 1,206 yards and 14 touchdowns and is averaging 241 yards a game.
But things started out well for the Titans. Beamer scored on their first possession of the game when senior quarterback Dade Glaser hit Josh Waller on a 7-yard touchdown pass to give the Titans a 7-0 lead.
Smith then tied the game up with an 82-yard touchdown run on the Eagles next possession. Smith added touchdown runs of 5, 3 and 2 yards during the first half.
Waller also scored the Titans second touchdown of the game in the second quarter when he caught a 55-yard pass from Glaser to make it 28-14 heading into the break. Waller finished with three catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Graham-Kapowsins Gannon Kessler scored the only points in the second half on a pair of touchdown runs. Kessler finished with 135 yards.
The Todd Beamer Titan girls swimming team can clinch the South Puget Sound League South Division championship tonight with a win tonight over Graham-Kapowsin High School at Pacific Lutheran University.
The Titans are currently 5-1 on the season and tied atop the South Division with Curtis. But Beamer beat the Vikings, 95-90, to hold the tiebreaker over Curtis. The Titans only loss came to Rogers in their third meet of the year, 93-90.
Beamer already has plenty of swimmers qualified for the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Nov. 9-10 at the King County Aquatic Center.
Rachel Kim and Eryn Murphy have posted automatic qualifying times in two individual events. Kim will swim the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke and Murphy has qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Kelly Erickson will swim in the 100 butterfly and Jessica Soria qualified in the 100 butterfly. The Beamer 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams have also posted automatic state times.
Jefferson won every event contested during a 137-35 victory over Kent-Meridian on Thursday. Savannah Coe, Crystal Williams and Jewel Klahn all won two individual events. The Raiders also got victories from Elyse Bevers (200 free) and Bonnie Ray (diving).
The Todd Beamer Titans remained unbeaten and atop the SPSL South with a 3-2 win over Emerald Ridge Thursday. The win improved the Titans to 11-0.
The biggest win of the day for Beamer came from Chase Friedrich at No. 2 singles. Friedrich downed Emerald Ridges Chad Edmonds in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Beamer also got victories from Kyle Christensen at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Mike Johnson and Sean OBryan at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-2.
Jefferson remained in second place behind unbeaten Kentridge with a 3-2 win over Kentwood (8-4) Thursday. The Raiders (9-3) got wins from Joe Lee at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-4, Branden Muraki and Kyle Creek at No. 2 doubles, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), and Chase McLaughlin and Brandyn Gomez at No. 3, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.
The Jefferson Raiders and Decatur Gators remained in the thick of the SPSL North playoff race with wins Thursday night.
Jefferson improved to 4-1-3 with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Kentridge to remain in third place behind Tahoma (7-0-1) and Kentwood (5-1-2). The only goal of the match came from Sara Byrne in the 66th minute. Megan Hilby earned the shutout in net for the Raiders.
Decatur moved to 3-1-4 with a 5-0 win over Kent-Meridian to remain in fourth place. The Gators got a pair of goals from Carissa Frasier and single goals from Kelsey Disbrow, Laura Bressler and Rachel Markey. Kaelyn Kanesta and Kayla Lipston got the shutout in net for the Gators.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com