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Federal Way wears down Decatur 14-7

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

Federal Way senior Anthony Dotson scored two touchdowns on offense and recovered a fumble on defense to help lead the Eagles to a 14-7 win over Decatur last Friday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Dotson rushed for two touchdowns and 125 yards on 18 carries.

With 52 seconds left in the first quarter, Dotson spun out of three tackles and ran 50 yards down the left side for the score.

Ž“Our offensive line came out strong,Ž” Dotson said. Ž“They opened up the hole for me. They did their job, so I thought I should do my job. I ran just like the coaches tell me, north and south.Ž”

Dotson followed with a 3-yard touchdown run with 6:31 left in the first half.

Ž“He made a couple of great runs and broke some tackles,Ž” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. Ž“We went back to our bread and butter ŽÑ we gave the ball to Anthony.Ž”

The Gators suffered from four turnovers and two first-half penalties that negated two big gains by junior running back Tracy Ford.

Ž“It would have been nice to have some of our big plays early,Ž” Decatur coach Rik Haines said. Ž“But we got beat by a good football team. And I think weŽ’re a good football team. On defense, we played well except for one play and one drive. On offense, we couldnŽ’t play as well as we wanted, and Federal Way had something to do with that. Our offense didnŽ’t help our defense. When you give away four turnovers, itŽ’s hard to win.Ž”

Federal Way senior defensive backs Andre Piper-Jordan and Jeremy Day each had an interception. Randall Bowens caused a fumble that Omar Arizpe recovered. Arizpe caused the second fumble and Dotson recovered.

Decatur finally put together a scoring drive with less than a minute left in the game. Harris found Ford for a 61-yard gain, then passed to Nate Marotta for 18 more yards. Senior Charles Cooks completed the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.

The ensuing onside kick did not go the required 10 yards and Federal Way was able to run out the clock.

Ž“Everybody was prepared to play Decatur,Ž” Dotson said. Ž“We were ready for Decatur. Everybody got the job done.Ž”

Notes:

Ž¥ When Federal Way hosts Curtis at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium, the game could all but eliminate the 0-2 Vikings from the playoff picture.

Curtis, a pre-season favorite of SPSL coaches to challenge for a league championship, lost its first game of the season to Bethel, then made costly mistakes in a 21-14 loss to Spanaway Lake last Friday.

The game could be the toughest challenge yet for 2-0 Federal Way, which is looking to return to the playoffs after being eliminated last year based on head-to-head competition.

Ž¥ In this FridayŽ’s game against Rogers, Decatur coach Rik Haines said the Gators will give the ball more often to junior running back Tracy Ford. Ž“He might be the best running back in the league, weŽ’ve just got to get him the ball. WeŽ’re going to feed him,Ž” Haines said.

The Gators also return senior receiver Justin Smith, who was out with a knee injury. He scored on an 81-yard touchdown reception in the opening game of the season.

Decatur hosts Rogers at 7 p.m. Friday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

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