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Federal Way loses another tough one

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

They were close once again. But close doesn’t count in the win column.

The Federal Way Eagle football team fell to 0-2 with a tough 12-9 loss Thursday to the Spanaway Lake Sentinels at Federal Way Memorial Field. The loss to Spanaway Lake comes on the heels of a 21-13 Rogers’ win in the Eagles’ season-opener last week in a game where Federal Way looked like they were going to score the possible tying touchdown before time expired.

“We’ve lost two tough games,” said senior C.J. Green. “Two games in a row and we couldn’t cash in.”

The Eagles had numerous chances Thursday night to pick up their first win of the season after moving out to a 9-6 lead in the first half. But a fumble and an interception stalled a pair of second-half drives. The interception was the back-breaker.

With 1:31 left in the fourth quarter and the Eagles trailing 12-9, Green stripped Spanaway Lake running back Chris Wilson and lineman Eric Cerf recovered the fumble on the Sentinel 30-yard line. But two plays later, a Spanaway Lake defensive back jumped a pass from Eagle sophomore quarterback Donny McConnaughey to seal the Sentinel victory.

“I feel so bad for the kids,” said Federal Way coach John Meagher. “They deserve to win. They have worked their butts off and it’s going to happen and I think then we will get a few in a row. We just have to try and be patient.”

Spanaway Lake took a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter on the first of two touchdown runs by quarterback Jeff Webb. But the Eagles came right back to tie the game at 6-6 with their biggest play of the game — a 72-yard Larell Ezell run around the left edge of the Sentinel defense. Ezell finished with 88 yards on the ground.

The Eagles then took the lead on their next offensive series. A 34-yard drive, highlighted by a roughing the passer penalty and a 16-yard Ezell run, yielded a 29-yard field goal from Robby Borden, making it 9-6.

It stayed that way until midway through the third quarter.

That’s when Spanaway Lake got a 4-yard touchdown run by Webb with 6:58 left in the quarter. The score was set up by a 54-yard run by Willie Davis.

“Our defense played their guts out,” Meagher said.

The Eagles limited the powerful running game of Spanaway Lake to just 218 total yards.

“We knew going in that defense was the strength of our game,” Green said. “We gave up some big plays, but we knew we had to come up big and we did.”

So did the Spanaway Lake defense, especially against Green. The senior, who ran for 1,200 yards last season, was held to just 42 yards on the ground on 13 carries.

“We tried to get the ball to C.J., but it’s a chess game out there,” Meagher said.

The Eagles will go after their first win Friday when they travel to Sparks Stadium in Puyallup to take on Emerald Ridge.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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