Beamer dominates Decatur, 36-6


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Following a depressing 41-7 loss to the No. 2-ranked Puyallup Vikings Sept. 16, Todd Beamer football coach Jeff Housman scribbled “0-0” on the chalkboard inside the Titans’ locker room. Numbers symbolizing the start of a new season.

The message came after losses to three of the most storied programs in the history of Washington high school football to start Beamer’s inaugural season in the South Puget Sound League South Division — Curtis, Bethel and Puyallup.

“I said that this was a new season now, fellas,” Housman said. “I told them we had to split our season — the first three games and the rest. We had planned for this.”

The plan couldn’t have gone better.

Beamer (2-3) won their second straight SPSL South game Friday night by rolling over cross-town Decatur 36-6 at Federal Way Memorial Stadium in a match-up of two teams heading in different directions.

“They just dominated every part of the game,” said Decatur coach Bill Heglar, after his team’s third loss in a row. “They were real well prepared.”

The Gators never really threatened the entire game. From the get-go, Beamer’s Marcus Seals recovered a muffed kick off, leading to a Chris English 2-yard touchdown just two minutes into the game.

“All the hard work is starting to pay off,” said English, who finished with 107 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. “We just play as a team. Coach told us that you can break one pencil, but you can’t break 40.”

Beamer will have their shot at three in a row tomorrow, when they travel to Spanaway Lake. The Sentinels sit 3-2 in the SPSL South after losing to Curtis in a defensive struggle Friday, 10-6. A Beamer victory over Spanaway Lake would propel the Titans right into the South playoff race — something that didn’t seem possible after being outscored 144-33 in their first three games. The top-three teams from the South advance.

Decatur will host Rogers (3-2) tomorrow at Federal Way Memorial Stadium and will be looking to get off their three-game losing streak. Rogers was upset by Emerald Ridge Friday, 22-14.

The Decatur offense just couldn’t get started Friday against Beamer, which is a problem that has been plaguing the Gators during the last three games. The Titan defense allowed just 121 total yards to Decatur. In total, the Gator offense has mustered only 215 yards in their last three games.

“Our kids up front did a great job,” Housman said. “Our defense played well.”

The Titan offense was also solid, racking up nearly 400 total yards. Senior tailback Dominique Small finished with a game-high 181 yards on just 13 carries and one touchdown to go along with English’s 107 yards on the ground.

“This is just a great feeling,” said senior receiver/defensive back Mike Waller, who caught a 12-yard touchdown pass Friday from quarterback Cole Bixenman.

Beamer jumped out to a 22-0 lead at halftime thanks to two English touchdowns, the Waller catch and a 22-yard field goal from Sean Davis as time expired.

English tallied his third touchdown late in the third quarter on a 25-yard pass by Bixenman to put Beamer up 29-0.

Decatur’s only score came on a 1-yard run by sophomore quarterback Brock Gates. Small finished the scoring with a 2-yard plunge with 44 seconds remaining in the game.

“This is just step one to the city championship,” English said. “That’s the number-one goal, being just a second-year school.”

Puyallup 34, at Federal Way 6

The Eagles played the undefeated and second-ranked Puyallup Vikings tough during the first half Saturday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

But the Vikings’ talent took over in the third and fourth quarters and Puyallup cruised to a 34-6 SPSL South victory. The loss drops Federal Way to 1-4 in league.

The win by Puyallup sets up the game of the year in the South Friday night. The Vikings will host the undefeated Bethel Braves at Sparks Stadium. The game should decide the winner of the South. Bethel has won the last six SPSL South championships. Federal Way will travel to Curtis (2-3) Friday, who upset Spanaway Lake last week.

Saturday, the Vikings jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead after a pair of first-quarter touchdowns. Zach Vaswig caught an 8-yard pass and quarterback Johnny Spevak scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 64-yard run.

But Federal Way’s defense, which has been solid all season long, dug in and shut out the powerful Vikings in the second quarter.

Federal Way senior tailback C.J. Green tallied the Eagles’ only touchdown in the second. Green took a pitch, faked a reverse, and ran 75 yards down the sideline for the touchdown.

But after halftime it was all Puyallup, who put the game away with two quick touchdowns in the third quarter. Spevak had a 31-yard run to make it 21-6 and a botched Federal Way punt gave the Vikings the ball on the 1-yard line, setting up a Michael Goings touchdown run.

Spevak added a 27-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to finalize the score. Spevak finished with 100 yards on the ground on seven carries and was 8-for-13 for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Bethel 35, Jefferson 6

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders (0-5) remained winless on the season with a 35-6 loss to the No. 6-ranked Bethel Braves Friday night at Art Crate Stadium.

The Raider defense couldn’t stop the high-powered Bethel offense. Running back Jake Smith scored three touchdowns and quarterback Chuck Hogue threw for two more.

Smith finished with 159 yards on just 13 carries with touchdown runs of 1, 26 and 15 yards. Hogue completed 10 of 21 passes for 179 yards with a pair of touchdown throws to senior wideout Jamil Turner.

Jefferson’s offense was stalled all game long with the exception of a 63-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Erik Fitzgerald to Greg Robinson in the third quarter, which broke a 35-0 Bethel lead. Fitzgerald finished 18-for-51 with two interceptions.

The winless Raiders will host the Emerald Ridge Jaguars Friday night. The Jaguars are coming off an upset victory over the Rogers Rams last week and count on the play of running back Neko Doy and a hard-hitting defense. The 5-foot-7 junior torched the Rogers’ defense for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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