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Federal Way remains unbeaten
By COLE COSGROVE
Federal Way senior Anthony Dotson ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles cut down Curtis 27-7 Saturday.
With the win, the Eagles remain tied for first place in the SPSL South with Bethel at 3-0.
We knew we were in the same situation as last year, Federal Way senior quarterback and defensive back Jeremy Day said. We came out and worked hard in practice this week.
The Eagles have more work ahead of them this week. They play Puyallup at 7 p.m. Friday at Sparks Stadium. Puyallups only loss was to Bethel last week, 36-31, so this game could be the biggest challenge yet for Federal Way.
Against Curtis, Dotson scored the first touchdown of the game on a 6-yard sweep play midway through the first quarter.
We came out hard and pumped up to play Curtis, Dotson said. Our offensive line blocked well all night.
Curtis made it down to the 1-yard line on its ensuing drive Ñ with Federal Way senior defensive back Andre Piper-Jordan making the touchdown-saving tackle Ñ but couldnt get the ball in the endzone. On fourth and goal, Federal Way junior linebacker Omar Arizpe came up with an 8-yard sack.
Arizpe scored Federal Ways next touchdown on an 8-yard run up the middle to make it 14-0 with 5:20 left in the second quarter.
Curtis appeared to score a touchdown on its following drive, but a holding penalty cost the Vikings six points.
Federal Way senior defensive back Jeremy Day ended the scoring threat with an interception. It was the first of two interceptions Day grabbed in his own endzone.
They ran a hitch and go and coach kept telling us to look for it, Day said. I saw him hitch, so I went.
In the second half, the Federal Way offense benefitted from great field position created by the Federal Way defense.
The shortest drive of the night came after Curtis went for it on fourth down and 17 from its own 3-yard line and the pass fell incomplete.
Dotsons followed with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Federal Way put the final nail in Curtis coffin after an 80-yard drive capped by Dotsons 2-yard touchdown run following the lead block of Antonio Lindsey, a 6-2, 275-pound lineman who lined up in the backfield.
I like being back there with him and leading the way, Lindsey said. He doesnt need a very big hole to run through.
Hes my best friend, Dotson said of Lindsey. I love that power he has.
Although it is only the fourth week of the season, the win over Curtis puts Federal Way in a position to control its own destiny for one of three playoff spots.
Were in a good position, Dotson said. But we still gotta come out hard every week.