Federal Way and TJ lose a pair of heartbreakers

Federal Way junior Greylin James returns a punt Thursday night against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles. Federal Way lost 27-18.  - Casey Olson/The Mirror
Federal Way junior Greylin James returns a punt Thursday night against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles. Federal Way lost 27-18.
— image credit: Casey Olson/The Mirror

Things didn’t turn out the way the Federal Way or Thomas Jefferson football teams wanted them to Thursday night.

Both the Eagles and Raiders were upended in their second games of the season. Federal Way lost to Graham-Kapowsin, 27-18, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium and Jefferson was rolled over by Spanaway Lake, 35-31, at Art Crate Stadium.

The Eagle loss is probably the more surprising of the two. Federal Way, who finished second in the South Puget Sound League North Division last season, beat a good Rogers team in their opener last week, while Graham-Kapowsin (1-1) was beaten up by Class 3A Eastside Catholic, 41-27.

Things started out solid for Federal Way. The Eagles (1-1) rolled out to a 10-0 first-half lead after a 29-yard field goal by Kelyn Rowe and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Broussard from quarterback Justin Southern.

But then the game turned into the Marcel Smith show. The Graham-Kapowsin running back tallied three straight second-half touchdown runs to give his team a 21-10 lead.

Federal Way junior Andre Barrington got the Eagles back into the game with a 2-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run, followed by a Southern 2-point conversion, to cut the lead to 21-18. But Smith then scored his fourth touchdown of the second half to put the game away. Smith ran for 209 yards.

The Eagles will take on the Kentlake Falcons next Saturday in their opening game of the SPSL North season at French Field.

Spanaway Lake 35, Jefferson 31

The Sentinels rallied from a 28-6 deficit to upend the Raiders Thursday night.

Eddie Brazier ran for two TDs and Julian McCrann returned a kickoff 88 yards for the winning score with 4:34 left in the game.

Jefferson (0-2) led early after three Taylor Stark touchdown passes and Bryant Cameron’s 97-yard fumble return for a score.

Cameron, who had eight catches for 153 yards, hauled in two of Stark’s TD throws, covering 58 and 72 yards. The two touchdowns give Cameron four on the season.

Stark completed 16 of 24 passes for 292 yards and Jerry Burton had five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Brazier carried 15 times for 137 yards for Spanaway Lake.

The Raiders will travel to Kent-Meridian Thursday night to take on the Royals. Jefferson beat Kent-Meridian 22-15 last season for their only win of the season.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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