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Beamer football remains unbeaten with win over Decatur

The Todd Beamer High School football team remained unbeaten on the season with a 31-21 win over cross-town rival Decatur on Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The non-league win improved the Titans to 2-0 on the season and dropped the Gators to 1-1.

But now is when the season really begins for Beamer. The Titans host unbeaten Puyallup on Friday night in their South Puget Sound League South Division opener. The Vikings are the fourth-ranked Class 4A team in the state and are coming off a big win over Kentwood. Puyallup is led by the play of running back/linebacker D.J. Williams. The senior has run over 100 yards in both games and is also the Vikings’ best defender.

Decatur opens its SPSL North season Thursday night at home against Kentwood.

Things couldn’t have started out better Friday night for Beamer. Senior Josh Waller returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and added a 20-yard touchdown reception later in the first quarter to give the Titans a 13-0 lead.

Decatur’s John Duncan cut the lead to 13-7 when he caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Gator quarterback Cameron Schilling. Waller hauled in another touchdown catch from Beamer QB Christian Cooper — a 63 yarder — to end a frenetic first quarter of play.

Schilling cut the Beamer lead to 19-14 at the half with a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. But Beamer tallied two third-quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

The first came on a 15-yard run by Lamardray Fuller, and Cooper added a 4-yard TD run to put the Titans up 31-14 entering the fourth. Decatur’s Chase King scored the final touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run.

The Decatur defense did a solid job all night on Fuller, who ran over the Jefferson defense last week for 307 yards. Fuller managed only 60 yards Friday.

Boys Tennis

The Jefferson and Federal Way tennis teams moved to 2-0 on the season with a pair of sweeps Thursday afternoon.

Jefferson downed Kent-Meridian, 5-0, including three 6-0, 6-0 wins. Joe Lee beat Logan Ellis at No. 1 singles, Branden Muraki and Makoa Rosa won at No. 1 doubles and Kevin Park and Kyle Creek won at No. 3 doubles.

Federal Way also won all five matches on Thursday against Tahoma in straight sets. Jake Stewart won at No. 1 singles and Jesse Johnson won a hard-fought match at No. 2.

Girls Golf

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders won their opening match of the golf season Thursday over Decatur, 68-51. The Raiders used their depth to outlast the Gators. Decatur’s Stacey Blunt earned medalist honors with a 6-over par 42 at River Bend Golf Course. Jefferson’s Jayme Carbon fired a 43 to lead the Raiders.

Volleyball

All four Federal Way School District schools were swept in their SPSL openers Thursday.

Decatur was beaten by Kentlake, 25-20, 25-14, 25-16. The Gators got four kills and five blocks from TC Colon. Federal Way was beaten by Kentwood, 25-9, 25-6, 25-10, Kentridge swept Jefferson, 25-16, 25-21, 25-13, and Curtis beat Beamer, 25-8, 25-20, 25-10. Beamer’s Camille Miller had eight kills in the loss.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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