Football in Federal Way struggles in winless week


The Mirror

It wasn’t the best weekend for Federal Way School District football and that’s putting it mildly.

Jefferson, Decatur, Federal Way and Todd Beamer high schools all lost their South Puget Sound League South Division games Thursday and Friday nights and two — Jefferson and Decatur — were shut out. On the season, the four schools have a combined 5-19 record and occupy seventh-, eighth-, ninth- and 10th-place in the 10-team SPSL South.

Thursday, Decatur (2-4) lost to Rogers, 21-0, Curtis beat Federal Way (1-5), 24-7, and Beamer’s (2-4) two-game winning streak came to an abrupt end with a 55-6 loss to Spanaway Lake. Jefferson (0-6) lost 24-0 to Emerald Ridge Friday.

at Spanaway Lake 55, Beamer 6

The Titans were dominated by the Spanaway Lake Sentinels Thursday night, 55-6, which ended a solid two-game run by Beamer. The Titans were coming off wins over Emerald Ridge and a dominating victory over Decatur last week.

But the Sentinels jumped all over Beamer early and rolled out to a 55-0 lead. The Titans’ only score came late in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by senior running back Dominique Small.

Spanaway Lake (4-2) got three touchdowns and 129 yards from running back Bobby Hughes, including a 50-yarder in the first quarter. The Sentinels’ quarterback, Steve Easterly, finished the game 6-for-6 with a touchdown and the Spanaway Lake defense held Beamer to just 122 total yards.

But the Titans’ will have a little extra motivation this week. Beamer will be taking on the Federal Way Eagles Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The winner of that game will have the inside track at winning the city championship. Beamer beat Decatur last week and Federal Way downed Jefferson Sept. 24. Beamer will play TJ in the final week of the regular season and Federal Way will take on Decatur.

at Curtis 24, Federal Way 7

The Eagles fell to 1-5 with the loss to the 3-3 Curtis Vikings Thursday in University Place. The Vikings scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 1-yard run by Eric Patterson, to break open a good game.

Curtis took a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Patterson (170 yards rushing) in the second quarter and extended the lead to 14-0 with a third-quarter touchdown by quarterback Jordan Rasmussen.

But Federal Way fought back with a 2-yard scoring run by senior running back C.J. Green to pull to within a touchdown, 14-7.

Rogers 21, at Decatur 0

The Gators’ offensive woes continued Thursday night with a 21-0 loss to Rogers. The Rams held Decatur to just 160 total yards during the shutout.

After starting the season 2-0 with impressive wins over TJ and Curtis, the Gators have struggled on the offensive side of the ball during an 0-4 streak. During those games, the Gators have been shut out twice and scored a total of 28 points.

But even that is a little bit deceiving. During Decatur’s 27-12 loss to Bethel Sept. 17, the Gators tallied a touchdown on a kickoff return and a fumble return and Decatur’s lone touchdown last week during a 36-6 loss to Beamer came after the defense intercepted a pass on the 7-yard line.

The Decatur defense again played pretty solid Thursday against Rogers. The Gators held the Rams scoreless in the first quarter, but a pair of third-quarter touchdowns sunk any hopes of a victory.

Talented receiver Brandon Gibson hauled in a 24-yard pass and Jon Hafner returned an interception 56 yards to put Rogers up 14-0. Running back Jesus Iniguez caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in the fourth to finalize the score.

The Gators will travel to Emerald Ridge Friday to play the 3-3 Jaguars.

Emerald Ridge 24, at Jefferson 0

The Raiders continued their season-long struggle Friday night with a 24-0 loss to the Emerald Ridge Jaguars at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The loss drops Jefferson to 0-6 on the season.

Things don’t get any easier for the Raiders. Jefferson will host the No. 2-ranked Puyallup Vikings tomorrow night. The good news about the Puyallup game — if there is any — is the fact the Vikings are coming off their biggest game in recent memory. Puyallup beat No. 6-ranked Bethel Friday night, 30-7, to remain undefeated and seem to be on their way to breaking Bethel’s six-year run as the SPSL South champions. The Puyallup win over Bethel also snapped the Braves’ 33-game winning streak in the South.

Puyallup features the league’s, and maybe the state’s, best running offense and that isn’t good news for the Raiders. Jefferson has allowed over 1,600 yards on the ground during their six losses, which equals out to nearly 300 a game.

The Vikings have 6-foot, 200-pound tailback Makai Borden, who has 758 yards and 14 touchdowns in six games, fullback Michael Goings (92 yards against Bethel) and quarterback Johnny Spevak has over 300 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

Puyallup has scored 30 or more points in all six of their victories this year, while the Jefferson defense has yielded 173 points (29 points a game).

Friday against Emerald Ridge, the Raider offense couldn’t get anything going and the defense couldn’t stop Jaguar running back Neko Doy. The junior rushed for 205 yards on 35 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Doy’s first came in the second quarter on a 45-yard run and his second came on a 6-yard pass from Kevin Willis in the fourth quarter. Doy also had an inception on defense and ran a punt back 47 yards.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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