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Federal Way blasts Kent-Meridian 48-26

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

Federal Way erased a 20-6 first-half deficit and scored five unanswered touchdowns to beat Kent Meridian 48-26 in a non-league game Saturday at French Field.

Senior running back Anthony Dotson rushed for 178 yards and three second-half touchdowns — including two in a 13-second span — to help the Eagles improve to 5-1 on the season. Federal Way is tied for second place in the SPSL South Division with a 4-1 league record, tied with Puyallup and behind league-leading Bethel.

Federal Way plays against Jefferson at 7 p.m. Friday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. In addition to the excitement of the cross-town rivalry, it’s also Federal Way’s homecoming game.

“It’s two very good teams,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. “Jefferson is very disciplined, well-schooled with great athletes. It’ll be a great game.”

Against Kent Meridian, the Eagles trailed 14-0 going into the second quarter. That’s when senior quarterback Jeremy Day found senior receiver Andre Piper-Jordan open for a 9-yard touchdown pass. After a failed two-point conversion, Kent Meridian’s Courtney Burns returned the kickoff 82-yards for a touchdown to take a 20-6 lead.

But the Eagles came back when Day again hit Piper-Jordan for a 42-yard touchdown pass to go into halftime trailing 20-13.

“He did a real nice job,” Meagher said of Piper-Jordan, who caught five passes for 98 yards and also had two interceptions on defense. “It’s been a couple of weeks since they threw the ball his way. He did a good job reading it.”

Early in the third quarter, Kent Meridian took a 26-13 lead, but it didn’t score the rest of the game.

Federal Way junior running back Omar Arizpe scored on a 35-yard run to put the Eagles within six points.

Dotson followed with a 1-yard touchdown run and Jeff Thatcher’s point-after kick gave Federal Way the lead for good. Thatcher made six extra points in the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Kent Meridian’s kick return team waited for the ball to bounce into the end zone for a touchback, but instead it came to rest just short of the goal line. Federal Way junior Steve Ottenad recovered the ball on the 2-yard line. Dotson finished the job on the next play with a touchdown run for his second score in a span of 13 seconds.

“That was a big turnaround for us in the second half,” Meagher said.

Dotson broke the game wide open in the fourth quarter. On fourth down and one yard to go, Dotson took a handoff up the middle and raced away for a 48-yard score to put Federal Way up 41-26.

It’s the second time in as many weeks Dotson has broken a fourth and one play for a long touchdown.

“Just trying to get the yard, Anthony has a tendency to pick it up an extra notch,” Meagher said.

Federal Way sophomore JoJo Hannibal scored the Eagles final touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run.

Defensively for Federal Way, Meagher mentioned Omar Arizpe, who had a sack and a tackle for a loss, Jake Murphy and Michael Rideout as having solid games for the Eagles.

Puyallup 31, Jefferson 7

Puyallup led only 7-0 at halftime, but took advantage of five Jefferson turnovers and scored two special-teams touchdowns to take a 31-7 win Saturday at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium.

The Raiders were down 14-0 when senior quarterback Jared Bronson hooked up with Kyle Jenkins on a 36-yard pass. Bronson capped the drive on a 28-yard touchdown run.

Jefferson plays Federal Way at 7 p.m. Friday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

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