Beamer garners first football victory


Sports editor

Todd Beamer High School didn’t just win their first game in school history. The Titans blew away Liberty High School from Hillsboro, Ore., 60-6, Friday night near Portland.

Both teams were winless entering Friday night’s game in Hillsboro. Beamer was 0-4 and Liberty was 0-5, but the Titans jumped out to a 40-0 halftime lead and coasted in the second half against the first-year school.

Liberty is in a similar position as Beamer. Liberty High School opened its doors last month, also without a senior class. The Falcons joined the Class 4A Metro League, which is widely known as the best athletic league in the state of Oregon — like Beamer’s South Puget Sound League in Washington.

Friday marked the first time Beamer’s starting quarterback Mike Waller has been under center this season and the junior took advantage. Waller ran for a pair of touchdowns, threw for one and returned an interception 32 yards for another score — all in the first half to help Beamer take a 40-0 lead.

Beamer running back Dominique Small was also solid against Liberty. Small had touchdown runs of 30, 15 and 54 yards in the second half to finalize the score.

Sophomore Sam Heck got the scoring going for the Titans with a 1-yard touchdown plunge early in the first quarter. Evan Thomas followed by catching an 18-yard pass from Waller. After Waller’s first touchdown run, he hit sophomore Tommie McBee on an 12-yard pass.

The Titans have this week off and will take the field again on Oct. 24 at home against Mount Baker High School.

at Tahoma 6, Federal Way 0

The Eagles (1-5) were shut out for the second week in a row. This time by the Tahoma Bears in a non-league game Friday night in Maple Valley.

Tahoma’s Matt Hanson threw a 4-yard pass to Cory Ridge in the first quarter following a Federal Way fumble and that ended the game’s scoring.

The teams exchanged punts the rest of the game. Tahoma limited Federal Way to 72 total yards.

Bethel shut out Federal Way 41-0 last week — seven days after the Eagles’ offense put up 62 points against Rogers.

The Eagles will take on Decatur Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Federal Way could drop their cross-town rival out of the SPSL South playoff mix with a victory. The Gators (4-2) have lost two-straight on their way to the school’s first postseason berth.

at Curtis 45, Jefferson 26

The Raiders remained winless (0-6) in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a 45-26 loss to the Curtis Vikings Thursday in University Place.

Jefferson, again, fell behind early in the ballgame and had to throw the ball every down in an attempt to get back into it. Senior quarterback James Partridge finished 21 of 53 passing for 334 yards and three touchdowns, but he threw four interceptions — one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Kyle Jenkins continued his solid season despite the Raiders’ record. Jenkins, who won the triple jump state championship last year as a junior, caught five passes for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Jefferson.

Curtis, who has won four state titles, scored 21 points in the last two and a half minutes of the first quarter and led 31-0 at the half.

Jefferson tried to come back in the second half. Partridge scored on a 2-yard run and hit Jenkins on touchdown passes of 70 and 55 yards. Partridge also connected with Boomer Bentley from 18 yards out to finalize the score in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders host Spanaway Lake Saturday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Sentinels are 3-3 overall and coming off a 33-0 win over Emerald Ridge Thursday.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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