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"Football: Eagles down TJ, improve to 4-0"

"The rest of the South Puget Sound League might be in awe of the Federal Way Eagles' turnaround this season, but for Brady Everett it's just the way it should be.Everett and the rest of the Federal Way defense held the powerful Jefferson running attack to just 129 yards. It was that defensive effort and a couple of opportunistic Eagles offensive calls that led Federal Way to a 21-14 victory over the Raiders at Federal Way Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.It doesn't feel foreign at all, Everett said of Federal Way improving to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in South Puget Sound League South Division play. I feel like we should be here. It just feels so natural to be winning on this team right now.For his teammate Shaun Bodiford, who ran for 127 yards and scored one touchdown, this is something different.This is big. This is a new experience, Bodiford said. Federal Way a winning team? What? We're showing people something.To extend their streak, the Eagles must knock off the only other undefeated team in the division, Spanaway Lake, at home Friday night.We're going to see a lot of run, Federal Way coach John Meagher said of this week's matchup. They've got an athlete at quarterback in Bobby Pilcher. They're a wing-T team and they're going to run that.Federal Way proved it could handle the run with its performance against Jefferson. Omari Gildon, the Raiders' speedy back, gained just 73 yards on 21 carries. He did score on an eight-yard touchdown run, but had just three carries of 10 yards or more.It was on one of those runs when the game turned. Midway through the fourth quarter with the game tied at 14-14, Gildon bounced through the right side of his offensive line, breaking tackles along the way. He spun through a gang of Federal Way tacklers with eyes on the end zone. Somewhere in the middle of it all, the Eagles stripped the ball away.I turned around and it popped of my hand, Gildon said. I thought I was gone.Federal Way pounced on the fumble.He slipped through my hands. He's like grease, Everett said of Gildon on that play. The next thing I know I see the ball bounce on the field and I just go flying for it. Federal Way's Kyle Elliott came up with it, setting up the Eagles winning drive.Jefferson's defense was just as tight as Federal Way's to that point. On the play following the turnover, however, Bodiford finally broke the run he's been waiting for.Coach told me to keep running hard and I'll break one, Bodiford said. I kept running hard and I broke one.With sprinters speed, Bodiford dashed down the right sideline for 62 yards before finally being caught by Jefferson's Kamarr Evans at the 5-yard line.Stops by Jefferson's Keaka Frank, Josh Girello and Nick Vincent put Federal Way in fourth-and-goal at the 1.The lineman convinced me. They said, 'We can get one (yard),' said Meagher, emphasizing the conviction of right tackle Kevin Nolan. We had faith we were going to be able to do it.On his final carry, Bodiford scored the winning touchdown virtually untouched behind Nolan's block.They had one play and that one play was a back-breaker, Jefferson coach Kevin Hanis said. We got three picks and we gave them right back. You can't do that.Jefferson failed to take full advantage of its three interception.. After Girello picked off a pass, the Raiders ended their drive with a low punt snap, which led to Federal Way's first score. Federal Way quarterback Tui Avaava plunged over the goal-line to put the Eagles ahead 6-0 early in the second half.Cordney Craven's interception late in the half set up Jefferson's first score, a 19-yard run by Darin Epling. The Raiders went ahead, 7-6, on Frank's extra point kick.Evans grabbed an interception at the Eagles' 42 yard line, but the Raiders could not gain first down.Federal Way's other big break came when Jeff Krogman blocked a punt by Frank. The Eagles needed seven plays to cover 27 yards for and move ahead 14-7. Avaava hit Everett for a five-yard touchdown pass. The pair also connected on the two-point conversion.The Raiders responded with their most efficient and explosive drive of the game. Backup quarterback Jared Bronson connected with Evans for 17 yards on the Raiders' only completion of the game. Gildon followed with his longest run, 24 yards, and then scored from the 8. Frank's kick tied the game at 14-14 with 9 minutes and 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter. For the Raiders, it was the second consecutive close division loss. Jefferson lost in overtime to Rogers the previous week. Jefferson will try to recover, facing Puyallup at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup at 7 p.m. Friday. "

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