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Eagles ride running back to victory over Jefferson
By CASEY OLSON
The Federal Way Eagles held on to a second half lead for the first time all season and picked up their first victory of the season Friday night over cross-town rival Thomas Jefferson.
The Eagles downed the Raiders 33-6 at Federal Way Memorial Field to move to 1-2 in South Puget Sound League South Division action. The loss drops Jefferson to 0-3.
In their first two games, the Eagles have given up two touchdown leads in the second half to Spanaway Lake and Emerald Ridge. This time Federal Way just kept adding against the Raiders.
It was junior tailback C.J. Green who did a bulk of the offensive damage for the Eagles. Green torched the Raider defense for 146 yards on just 19 carries four of those carries were for touchdowns. On the season, Green has 374 yards and seven touchdowns in three games.
The Eagles will take on the Rogers Rams tomorrow at Federal Way Memorial Stadium in a game that could get Federal Way back into the SPSL South playoff race. Rogers sits at 1-1 in league action with a victory over Jefferson and a loss to No. 2-ranked Bethel.
Against Bethel, the Rams actually held a 21-7 lead into the third quarter against the three-time defending SPSL South champs. But Bethel outscored Rogers 28-6 to pull out the 35-27 victory. The Ram defense was stingy against Bethel in the first 20 minutes allowing only 15 yards of total offense. But Brave running back Zack Fletcher gained 232 yards and had three touchdowns in the final two quarters, which is good news for Green.
Rogers is led by running back Tyler Pugh, who tallied 149 yards on 22 carries against Bethel. Quarterback Neil Spencer had 102 yards on 9-of-15 passes.
The Raiders have another tough game against a team from Federal Way. This time Jefferson will play the undefeated Decatur Gators Friday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Kyle Jenkins again led the Raiders against Federal Way. The senior wide receiver/defensive back/punter/kicker had 10 catches for 126 yards and took a beating all night long by the Eagle defense, who were keying on him every snap.
Quarterback James Partridge completed 17 of 38 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders (0-3, 0-3). The touchdown came on a 17-yard pass to senior Coury McGinnis in the fourth quarter to cut into a 32-0 Eagle lead.