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Loss to Bothell ends FW football season

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

With the score all but out of reach at 23-6 in the fourth quarter of a first-round playoff game against Bothell Tuesday, the Federal Way football team’s defense made a stand that summed up how the Eagles have played all year.

Bothell had less than five yards to go until the end zone, but the Eagles stopped them on seven straight plays — the final four of which started at the 1-yard line after a questionable pass-interference call gave the Bears a new set of downs. The Eagles defense dug deep and came up with a stop on fourth down that sent the Bothell offense off the field.

“I was real proud of the kids for that,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. “It was cool to see. Coaches, parents and a lot of people have been talking about that. It shows the heart and pride our kids have. They could have laid down and let them score. It shows their fight and determination.”

While the stop didn’t make much of a difference on the scoreboard — Bothell’s defense recovered a fumble in the end zone on the very next play — it demonstrated the pride the Eagles have taken in their program.

“We wanted another game,” Federal Way senior defensive back and running back Anthony Dotson said. “We wanted to go a little further, but things don’t always go your way.”

Dotson led the Eagles’ first drive with a 58-yard run and was tackled just short of the end zone. He scored two plays later to give Federal Way a 6-0 lead. But Bothell responded with a healthy balance of rushing and passing — and took advantage of six Federal Way turnovers — to score 37 straight points.

“We were disappointed,” Meagher said. “We felt like we were a better football team than we showed in the second half. We turned the ball over 10 times the entire year, then six times in that game. It was something we prided ourselves on. To come out like that in the playoff game was real disappointing.”

Federal Way looked to be in good shape against the KingCo champions when it trailed just 9-6 at halftime.

Federal Way was without one of its best players, senior Andre Piper-Jordan, who was unable to play because of a broken ankle he suffered in last week’s game.

“It’s crazy it’s over,” Piper-Jordan said. “It seems like I just started high school yesterday. I never thought I’d see this day. I didn’t think it would end like this.”

Federal Way finished the year 7-3.

“It’s a great group of kids and they’re setting a legacy,” Meagher said. “Those guys that are graduating have never had a losing season, JV or varsity, since they’ve been at Federal Way High School. That’s a winning tradition they’ve established and it will continue next year.”

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