Eagles crush Jaguars 56-15

Federal Way senior quarterback Shea McFeeley completed a kick off before he completed a pass. And that was just one of the many things that went right for McFeeley and the Eagles in a 56-15 win over Emerald Ridge Thursday.

Everything seemed to bounce the Eagles’ way, as all four passes McFeeley completed were for touchdowns. He also ran for another.

McFeeley’s onside kick to Brandon Keeler came after Federal Way had taken a 14-0 lead thanks to a 34-yard touchdown run by McFeeley and a 30-yard interception return by Jontrell Cole — the first interception return for a touchdown this year by the Eagles.

After Keeler recovered the kickoff, Federal Way capped the drive with an 8-yard pass to senior Andre Piper-Jordan.

The Eagles scored again on a spectacular catch by senior Travis Ishikawa. An Emerald Ridge defensive back batted the pass, but Ishikawa changed direction, caught the pass, and stumbled into the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown. That made the score 28-0 at halftime.

McFeeley hooked up with Ishikawa for two more touchdown passes after halftime. The first was on a 74-yard pass, the second was an 83-yard pass and run to make the score 42-0 with four minutes left in the third quarter.

“Shea hit me in stride just like we practice,”said Ishikawa, who had 193 yards receiving. “All 11 guys were doing their job. Give credit to the line and running backs who gave Shea time to throw.”

Cole scored his second touchdown of the night when he took a handoff and was seemingly trapped behind the line of scrimmage by a wall of Emerald Ridge defenders. But the wall turned into a sieve, as Cole found a hole and squirted through for a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

“I was watching Barry Sanders highlights last night to get pumped up,” Cole said.

Federal Way went up 56-0 when second-string quarterback Jeremy Day completed a pass to sophomore receiver Steven Ottenad. Ottenad hauled in the pass with a finger-tip catch, the cut through the defense for a 54-yard touchdown.

Federal Way running back Anthony Dotson carried 14 times for 157 yards, including runs of 51 and 45 yards.

The big hit of the night came from Federal Way senior Joe “Freight Train” Softli in the third quarter.

An Emerald Ridge wide receiver broke open across the middle and seemed to catch a pass, that is, until Softli upended him with a well-timed hit to knock the ball loose.

“That felt so good, you don’t understand,” Softli said. “We had just had three personal fouls, and coach was like, ‘Use your pads.’ So the next thing you know, the dude I hit is on the sideline with no helmet.”

It was just one of many plays made by the Eagles’ league-leading defense that racked up nine sacks, three interceptions and recovered two fumbles.

Emerald Ridge managed just 18 yards of offense against the Eagles in the first half.

Emerald Ridge scored twice in the fourth quarter against Federal Way’s second-string defense.

The win sets up a showdown in the final game of the regular season, as Federal Way (5-2) plays Bethel (7-0), the No. 2 ranked team in the state. Federal Way’s top-ranked defense will look to stop Bethel’s league-leading running back Steve Dildine and a passing attack led by quarterback Johnny DuRocher.

“Bethel throws a lot, with a solid passing attack,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. “Tonight gave us a look at facing the pass. We also continued to gain confidence. We’ll come out like we do every week and let the scoreboard take care of itself.”

Federal Way hosts Bethel at 7 p.m. Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

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