Eagles apply dose of vitamin D


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Last week’s loss to Puyallup might have been a case of mistaken identity for the Federal Way football team’s defense, which gave up almost 450 yards in a loss to the Vikings and left Eagles coach John Meagher “befuddled.”

The real Federal Way defense — the one who’s first-stringers had only allowed one touchdown in the first three games of the season — showed up this week and held Spanaway Lake had negative-20 yards total offense in the second half as the Eagles ran to a 17-14 win Thursday.

“That’s the Federal Way defense we’re taught here,” said senior linebacker Brett Davis, who combined with Omar Arizpe for a sack late in the game to stop the Sentinels. “This is what our defense should look like.”

Federal Way’s Anthony Dotson rushed for two touchdowns and 100 yards, but it was the Eagles defense who sealed the win with three-straight sacks late in the game.

After Spanaway Lake faced second and one from it’s own 44 yard line, Davis and Arizpe dropped quarterback Mookie Foreman for a 14-yard loss, then Arizpe followed with a 15-yard sack on third down. Federal Way junior Chris Herndon put the game away with a 1-yard sack on fourth down with 2 minutes left in the game.

“After last week we knew we had to step it up,” Arizpe said. “We had to come back and show them what we’re made of. Our defense comes out hard.”

“People don’t understand what our defense is capable of,” Davis said. “Everyone flies to the ball.”

The Eagles allowed just 118 yards in the entire game — 63 of those yards coming on a trick half-back pass play in the first quarter that set up Spanaway Lake’s first touchdown that put the Sentinels up 7-0.

Federal Way responded with a 55-yard drive capped by Dotson’s 3-yard touchdown run. Jeff Thatcher kicked the point-after.

Spanaway Lake was forced to punt, but Federal Way senior Andre Piper-Jordan dropped the ball on the return and the Sentinels recovered on the Eagles 21-yard line. Maurice Jones finished the short drive with an 18-yard touchdown run up the middle to put Spanaway Lake up 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Piper-Jordan made up for his earlier mistake on Spanaway Lake’s next possession, recovering a fumble. That set up a 21-yard field goal by Thatcher.

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