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Green, FW run way from Beamer

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Federal Way Eagles didn’t need any extra motivation. But it sure didn’t hurt.

Not only were the Eagles taking on cross-district Todd Beamer for the first time ever, but Friday night also marked Federal Way’s annual Homecoming game. An event that always brings out the fans and turns the on-field intensity up another couple notches.

That wasn’t a good combination for Beamer. The Eagles pounded the Titans, 47-20, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The win improves Federal Way to 2-5 on the year and drops Beamer to 2-5. The victory also moves the Eagles to 2-0 in the chase for the Federal Way City Championship. Federal Way beat Jefferson earlier this season and will take on Decatur Oct. 29.

“The trophy is sitting at Decatur right now,” said Federal Way coach John Meagher. “We are hoping to bring it back. (The city championship) is one of our rallying cries.”

It was the C.J. Green show against Beamer. The Eagle running back finally got some room to run and racked up a career-high 240 yards on 30 carries. Green also tallied four touchdowns, giving him 10 on the season.

“It was nice,” Meagher said. “The guys up front got the job done and C.J ran the ball well.”

In total, Federal Way rushed for 370 on the ground. Fullback Victor Williams added 98 on 10 carries and a touchdown. That’s over half of the 700 yards the Eagles ran for in their previous six games combined.

The Federal Way defense was also impressive, as they pretty much have been the entire season. Beamer was held to just 41 total yards and ran just 28 plays from scrimmage through the first three quarters Friday night. During that same time, Federal Way ran 46 plays for 322 total yards.

“Our defense has played very well this whole year,” Meagher said. “But I was surprised how much we dominated.”

After a ragged first seven minutes of play by both teams, senior defensive back Roddell Razor got things rolling for the Eagles with his first of two interceptions of Beamer quarterback Cole Bixenman. Razor’s pick came after Beamer had prime field position at their own 27-yard line following a bad snap on a Federal Way punt.

Green then took the first play 56 yards for a touchdown through the middle of the Titan defense to make it 6-0 with 5:15 left in the first quarter. Things got worse from there for Beamer.

After another three-and-out by the Titans, Razor hauled in a 31-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Donny McConnaughey to make it 12-0. The 5-foot-8 Razor outjumped Beamer defensive back Fred Jones (6-2) for the ball. Green then tallied a 2-yard touchdown run and Razor returned his second interception of the game 40 yards with 3:47 left in the first half to make it 26-0.

Beamer got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter when senior defensive tackle Cameron Gillespie picked off a pass on a trick play. Dominique Small scored on a 3-yard run to make it 26-7 heading into half time.

Following the halftime Homecoming festivities, Beamer’s Mike Waller returned the second-half kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. But the Eagles followed with a mythodical 15-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with Green’s third touchdown — a 20-yarder on fourth-and-four. The drive took eight minutes off the clock and pretty much put the game out of reach at 33-13.

“That was huge,” Meagher said. “The momentum had shifted to them and we instantly responded with a perfect drive. It was awesome.”

Beamer’s other score came on a 7-yard run from Chris English late in the fourth quarter. English was the Titans’ leading rusher with 34 yards.

The Eagles will host the Bethel Braves (6-1) Thursday night and Beamer will take on Rogers (3-4) Friday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

at Emerald Ridge 17, Decatur 13

The Gators came close, but still lost their fifth game in a row Friday night, 17-13, to the Emerald Ridge Jaguars at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. The loss drops Decatur to 2-5 and the victory gives Emerald Ridge a school-record for wins in a single season, as they improve to 4-3. The 13 points were the most points the Gators have scored since starting the season 2-0. Decatur had been shut out twice in their last four games.

Emerald Ridge drove 86 yards in the third quarter to erase a 13-7 Decatur lead. Quarterback Kevin Wills connected on a 38-yard pass to Mike Hubbard on third-and-12 to keep the drive going, and junior running back Neko Doy scored the game-winner with 4:13 remaining in the quarter.

The Gators couldn’t come back in the fourth. Decatur got inside the Jaguars’ 25-yard line, then fumbled on fourth-and-one. Emerald Ridge recovered and ran out the clock. Doy finished with 137 yards on 31 carries and had three catches for 74 yards.

Decatur got a pair of first-half touchdown runs from sophomore Darrius Harris. Harris, a 5-foot-10, 210-pounder, gave the Gators a 7-0 lead with a 5-yard run in the first quarter. But Emerald Ridge came right back and tied the game on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Kevin Willis before Harris’ second touchdown, a 6-yard run in the second quarter.

Things don’t get any easier for the Gators and their quest to end their five-game losing streak. Decatur will travel to No. 2-ranked and unbeaten Puyallup Friday night. The Vikings have scored 30 or more points in all seven of their games and have tallied a combined 286 points. Decatur, on the other hand, have scored 89 total points and 40 of those came in a win over Curtis in the second week of the season.

Puyallup 49, at Jefferson 13

The winless Thomas Jefferson Raiders had no answers for the unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Puyallup Vikings Thursday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Vikings (7-0) jumped out to a 28-0 lead and cruised past TJ (0-7), 49-13.

It was pretty much the Makai Borden show Thursday. Puyallup’s senior running back racked up an amazing 266 yard rushing on just 13 carries, including 205 in the first half. He had touchdown runs of 39, 12 and 35 yards, all in the first half.

In total, the Puyallup running game racked up 427 yards rushing and had 487 yards of total offense against the Raiders.

Jefferson did score a pair of touchdowns, including a 47-yard pass from quarterback Erik Fitzgerald to LeJon Phillips late in the first half. The Raiders other touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard pass from Caleb Tuani to Greg Robinson. Fitzgerald and Tuani combined for 231 yards on 20-for-38 passing.

The Raiders will travel to Curtis Friday night to take on the Vikings.

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

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