Eagles, Raiders both looking for first win


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They are a pair of teams searching for something positive.

The Jefferson and Federal Way football squads are a combined 0-4 and both teams have lost games in excruciating fashion. The Raiders have been blown out by Rogers and Bethel in their first two games by a combined 78-19, while the Eagles have squandered a 14-point lead during a 21-14 loss to Spanaway Lake in their opener and a 13-point advantage Friday in a 28-26 loss to Emerald Ridge.

“We are reeling,” said Federal Way coach John Meagher. “Those were two of the toughest losses since I’ve been the head coach here.

“Both teams are probably yearning for their first win.”

One team will get that chance. Federal Way and Thomas Jefferson will tee it up at 7 p.m. inside Federal Way Memorial Stadium Friday night in another chapter in the two schools’ football rivalry.

It actually hasn’t been much of a rivalry lately. The Eagles have won the last five meetings between the schools, including a 41-12 drubbing of the Raiders last season.

But Federal Way isn’t taking the Raiders lightly. They are just looking to take the zero out of their win column.

“It’s going to be an interesting game,” Meagher said. “I don’t care how we do it, we just need a win.”

Jefferson will be relying heavily on senior wide receiver/defensive back Kyle Jenkins. Coach Kevin Hanis has been coming up with a variety of ways to get Jenkins the ball during their first two games. He takes handoffs, catches passes and returns both punts and kickoffs.

“They have some very good athletes on their team,” Meagher said. “That Kyle Jenkins looks very good on film and they are doing a lot of things to get him the ball. We are going to have to be at our best to defend him.”

Jenkins, who won the state triple jump championship last spring, has scored all three of the Raiders touchdowns during their first two games. He has caught two passes and ran back a kickoff 80 yards for touchdowns. Jenkins also had an 81-yard punt return touchdown called back against Rogers.

“It’s that old thing, we can’t stop him, we can only hope to contain him,” Meagher said.

Jefferson’s crosshairs will be on Federal Way running back C.J. Green. The junior lit up the Emerald Ridge defense for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also scored a 20-yarder in the Eagles’ loss to Spanaway Lake.

at Bethel 47, Jefferson 7

The Raiders (0-2) were blitzed by the No. 3-ranked Braves (2-0) Friday night at Art Crate Field, 47-7. Bethel jumped out to a 47-7 lead before Jenkins hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback James Partridge.

The Braves forced six Jefferson turnovers, including four in the first half, and took a 32-0 lead into the locker room.

Bethel finished with 389 yards of total offense and running back Zach Fletcher rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries.

Em Ridge 28, at FWay 26

The Eagles (0-2) rolled out to a 20-7 lead on Saturday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium over Emerald Ridge Jaguars.

But Federal Way couldn’t hold on. The win was Emerald Ridge’s first SPSL South victory in the school’s three-year history. The Eagles’ Jeff Thatcher attempted a 39-yard field goal with just over a minute remaining in the game, but it fell short. Thatcher had hit two field goals earlier in the game.

“We did a lot of things well,” Meagher said. “We just didn’t do a good job scoring touchdowns when we got in the red zone.”

Sophomores Neko Doy and Bo Mullen scored two late touchdowns for Emerald Ridge to bury the Eagles. Day hauled in the 31-yard, game-winning touchdown with just over five minutes left in the game after Mullen, a linebacker, returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

Green rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns to lead Federal Way, who racked up 350 total yards in the game.

R.A. Long 48, at Beamer 7

Markus Rideout scored the first touchdown in Beamer history Saturday night when he returned a punt 30 yards in the second quarter during a 48-7 loss to R.A. Long. Rideout’s touchdown cut the R.A. Long lead to 21-7 at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Titan defense held Long scoreless in the fourth quarter.

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