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High-flying Eagles are so good, they're scary
By PAT JENKINS
Going into tomorrows Halloween night tussle in Puyallup with Emerald Ridge, the Federal Way Eagles are feeling downright fearless.
No wonder. They played arguably their best South Puget Sound League prep football game of the season last Friday in a 41-12 thumping of crosstown rival Jefferson. Theyre 6-1 and solidly in the running for possible post-season action. And they have what might be the SPSLs best one-two combination of offensive players in running back Anthony Dotson and wide receiver Andre Piper-Jordan.
Emerald Ridge, winless this season, doesnt look on paper to be much opposition to the Eagles, who are on a three-game winning streak since a 51-21 loss to Puyallup Oct. 4. The potential for a mismatch will be higher if coach John Meaghers squad performs at the level it reached against Jefferson.
Our starters put together their best two-and-a-half quarters of the year so far, Meagher said, referring to the 34-0 lead the first unit posted before sitting out the rest of the evening. It was our best game in all three areas ÐÐ offense, defense and special teams.
Playing before a homecoming crowd and against an inter-city rival may have turned up the dial on his teams performance, Meagher said. And were starting to come together, he added. Were developing a swagger on defense and were functioning as a team.
Dotson and Piper-Jordan are reasons for the high spirits. They combined for five touchdowns against the Raiders, solidifying their reputation as two of the best offensive players in the league.
Their defense isnt bad, either. Against Jefferson, Dotson made nine tackles and intercepted a pass, and Piper-Jordan had two artistic interceptions. Both guys were exceptional, Meagher said.
The rest of the defenders, plus steadily improving quarterback Jeremy Day and fullback Omar Arizpe, are among Eagles who are keeping their team among the SPSLs upper echelon.
We like the position were in, Meagher said.