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Federal Way looking to rebound after 51-21 loss to Puyallup

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

The Federal Way offense couldnŽ’t get into gear and the defense gave up 450 yards as Puyallup handed Federal Way its first loss of the season 51-21 Friday at Sparks Stadium.

Ž“We got our butts kicked,Ž” said Federal Way coach John Meagher. Ž“We faced a very good Puyallup team and we didnŽ’t play up to our potential. The score doesnŽ’t indicate what level our program is at. It was disappointing for that to happen and IŽ’m still befuddled about how our defense gave up that many yards. A lot of it has to do with Puyallup.Ž”

Prior to a 72-yard drive late in the first half, capped by Federal Way senior quarterback Jeremy DayŽ’s pass to junior tight end Marcus Brown, the Eagles had -22 yards of offense.

Puyallup totaled 450 yards of offense and held Federal Way to just 129 yards in the game.

Federal Way fell to 3-1 on the season. Puyallup is 2-1.

After Puyallup scored on a 51-yard drive in the first quarter, Federal Way came back to tie the game at seven when senior Andre Piper-Jordan returned the ensuing kickoff 89-yards for a touchdown.

Piper-Jordan finished the game with 207 all-purpose yards, including another touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Ž“A lot of our kids didnŽ’t quit,Ž” Meagher said. Ž“He played hard to the end and made some plays at times and kept us close. That was a bright spot.Ž”

Roy Bonner and Cody Ellis had two touchdowns each to lead Puyallup.

Federal Way returns to the field against a solid Spanaway Lake team (3-1) tomorrow night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Ž“We just need to get back on the horse,Ž” Meagher said. Ž“ItŽ’s nice we have a short work week and we get back at it on Thursday. This is a big game for us. It has a lot of playoff ramifications. Spanaway Lake is a very good program. As much as it hurt to lose to Puyallup, we need to shake it off.Ž”

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