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Decatur remains unbeaten by crushing Curtis, 40-14

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Decatur Gators will take a win any way they can get it — especially when it’s against the Curtis Vikings.

The Gators used six Curtis turnovers, including two inside the Decatur 10-yard line, and three missed field goals to move to 2-0 on the year. The Gators beat the Vikings 40-14 Friday night in University Place. The victory came one week after the Gators played a luckluster game against Jefferson, a 19-14 win, and Curtis (1-1) pounded Todd Beamer, 56-12.

Everything just seemed to go Decatur’s way during the win over Curtis. Along with the costly turnovers, the Vikings were without the services of their starting quarterback Jordan Rasmussen. The senior broke his leg last week in the win over Beamer. And the Vikings’ best player, running back/defensive back Amir Owens left the game in the first quarter with an injury.

But the Gators did feature a dominant running game. Decatur’s combination of senior Rodney McCurry and junior Terrance McLaurin racked up 287 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.

McCurry, who tallied over 200 yards last week, rushed for 187 yards on 21 carries and touchdown runs of 83 and 66 yards, and McLaurin had 100 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns.

Decatur’s other touchdown came on a 96-yard fumble return by senior linebacker Taylor McCluskey.

But things will get a little tougher for the Gators Friday night. Decatur will face their stiffest test of the season — by far — when they host the four-time defending SPSL South champion Bethel Braves. The Braves have looked pretty unbeatable in their first two games this year against the two newest members of the South — Emerald Ridge and Beamer.

Friday night the Gators are going to have to stop Braves’ receiver Jamil Turner. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has caught an amazing nine touchdown passes in two games for 372 yards.

at Bethel 47, Beamer 14

The Todd Beamer football team got a little taste of what big-time high school football feels like Friday night. The Bethel Braves, who are year-in and year-out one of the best programs in the state, demolished the Titans 47-14 at Art Crate Field in Graham.

The Braves (2-0) led 33-0 at halftime thanks, in large part, to the combination of Bethel senior quarterback Chuck Hogue and all-everything wideout Jamil Turner.

The pair combined for five touchdown passes during the first three quarters. Turner finished with nine catches for 144 yards, Hogue with 194 yards on 11-of-17 passing. The five touchdowns catches from Turner, gives the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder and amazing nine on the season. In the Braves’ first game against Emerald Ridge, Turner had seven catches for 228 yards and four touchdowns. Turner is also one of the best basketball players in the state.

After falling behind 40-0, Beamer tallied a pair touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. Senior quarterback Mike Waller broke away from the Bethel defense for a 54-yard score and senior running back Dominique Small scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter. Junior Chris English tallied 114 yards on the ground for the Titans.

Bethel senior cornerback Colt Fairley intercepted two passes and also recovered a fumble.

Things don’t get any easier for the Titans. Beamer will host the second-ranked Puyallup Vikings Thursday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Vikings are 2-0 with a pair of blowout wins against Spanaway Lake and Emerald Ridge. Puyallup features a high-powered offense led by quarterback Johnny Spevak and running back Makai Borden.

In the Vikings’ first two games, Borden has run for 318 yards and six touchdowns and Spevak has thrown for four touchdowns and ran for two more. The Puyallup also features University of Washington-signee Adam Grant, who plays linebacker.

Rogers 23, at Jefferson 0

The Raiders just couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the ball Friday night. The lack of production resulted in a 23-0 loss to the Rogers Rams at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The loss drops the Raiders to 0-2 and improves Rogers to 2-0 in SPSL South play.

The Jefferson offense mustered less than 100 yards of total offense against Rogers.

The Rams scored at least once in each quarter Friday night and used a ball-control offense that racked up 260 yards rushing. Jesus Iniguez did a bulk of the damage for Rogers. The senior tail back carried the ball 19 times for 187 yards and a touchdown. Rogers also got short touchdown runs from Brandon Gibson and Kyle Raden, plus a 26-yard, first-quarter field goal.

The Raiders will have another tough test Friday night when they travel to Graham to take on the Spanaway Lake Sentinels, who currently sit 1-1 in the South. Spanaway Lake lost big to second-ranked Puyallup in week one and came through with a fourth-quarter touchdown Thursday to beat Federal Way, 12-9.

The Sentinels rely heavily on running the ball and playing defense and aren’t a real explosive team.

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

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