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Beamer gets defensive, shuts out Rogers

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The roller-coaster ride that is the Todd Beamer football team hit another high point Friday night.

The Titans, playing their first season in the rugged South Puget Sound League South Division, shut out the Rogers Rams at Federal Way Memorial Stadium, 14-0. The victory moves Beamer to 3-5 in league play and drops the Rams to 4-4. The Titans have a good shot at possibly finishing over .500 with games remaining against winless Jefferson Thursday and a crossover game with an undetermined team from the SPSL North next week to end their season.

Beamer was led by the running of senior tailback Dominique Small against Rogers. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder punished the Rams for 216 yards on 26 carries and scored both of Beamer’s touchdowns.

After playing a scoreless first half, Small broke loose on a 21-yard scoring run in the third quarter to put Beamer up 7-0. He followed with a 45-yarder in the fourth to finalize the score.

But the story of the night was the Titans’ defense. In their previous two games, losses to Spanaway Lake and Federal Way, Beamer had given up a total of 102 points. Against Rogers, the Titans held the usually high-powered Rams to just 128 total yards. Beamer was also helped by Rogers’ penalties. The Rams had two touchdowns called back by penalties.

This week marks rivalry time in the SPSL and in the Federal Way School District. Beamer will be taking on the Thomas Jefferson Raiders tomorrow night and Decatur will host Federal Way Friday, both games will be played at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The Beamer-TJ matchup might be the most interesting out of the two, if you like scoring. The two defenses have given up the most points in the SPSL South during their first eight games. Beamer has allowed opponents to score 266 points (33.2 a game), including five 40+ point games, and Jefferson has given up 268 (33.4 a game).

The Federal Way-Decatur game might have the most emotion. An Eagles win would mean a season-sweep of the three other Federal Way district schools, bringing back the Federal Way City Championship trophy, which currently sits in Decatur’s trophy case.

The Gators also shouldn’t have any trouble getting up for Friday’s game. Decatur has lost six straight games after starting the season 2-0 and will also be playing in front of a bigger than usual Homecoming crowd. The game will also feature two of the most elusive running backs in the league in Federal Way’s C.J. Green (90 yards a game, 11 touchdowns) and Decatur’s Rodney McCurry (93 yards a game).

at Puyallup 57, Decatur 6

The Puyallup Vikings enacted a lot of revenge Friday night against the Gators. The No. 2-ranked Vikings (8-0) dominated Decatur at Sparks Stadium, 57-6, to remain unbeaten. The loss, the Gators’ sixth in a row, dropped Decatur to 2-6 in the SPSL South.

The win by Puyallup clinched at least a share of the SPSL South title and a playoff berth, which is something the Vikings couldn’t do last season. In 2003, Decatur and Puyallup came into their regular-season finale in a tie for the final playoff spot in the South. The Gators needed to beat the Vikings by at least 14 points to earn their first-ever postseason berth. Decatur ended up downing Puyallup, 41-14.

This year the roles were reversed. The Vikings racked up 447 yards on the ground, scored seven rushing touchdowns and used 13 different ball-carriers. Running backs Makai Borden, Michael Goings and Rick Bostwick each ran for two touchdowns. Borden, the South’s leading rusher, ended the game with 138 yards on 16 carries and helped the Vikings take a 49-0 lead into the third quarter.

The Gators finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brock Gates to running back Rodney McCurry.

at Curtis 46, Jefferson 9

Things started out pretty good for the winless Raiders Friday night against the Curtis Vikings in University Place. A 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Cory Haywood and a 27-yard field goal tied the game at 9-9 after the first quarter.

But those were the highlights for the Raiders. Curtis tallied the next 35 points of the game to walk away with a 46-9 win. It was the Eric Patterson show for the Vikings. The senior racked up 279 yards on just 17 carries and scored three long touchdowns. Patterson had scoring runs of 75, 80 and 62 yards on the night. Curtis also returned two second-half interceptions for touchdowns.

The loss moves Jefferson to 0-7 and sets up tomorrow night’s matchup with Todd Beamer at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Bethel 42, at Federal Way 21

The Eagle defense, which has been solid all season long, ran into one of the most potent offenses in the state Thursday night — the Bethel Braves. Bethel dominated Federal Way, 42-21, to improve to 7-1 and clinch a spot in the postseason. The loss drops Federal Way to 2-6.

The Bethel combination of quarterback Chuck Hogue and talented wide receiver Jamil Turner proved too much for the Eagles. Hogue completed 15 of 25 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns and Turner caught eight passes for 194 yards and two first-half scores to lead the Braves to a 28-0 halftime lead.

Federal Way did try to comeback in the second half, outscoring Bethel 21-14.

The Eagles got on the scoreboard with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. Sophomore quarterback Donny McConnaughy hit senior wideout Larrell Ezell on a 53-yard scoring strike and fullback Marcus Trice scored on a 14-yard run. Senior running back C.J. Green added a 22-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run. Green, who rushed for 240 yards in a win over Beamer last week, racked up 101 yards on 18 carries.

But the Braves were just too much. Federal Way hasn’t beat Bethel since 1982. Braves running back Jake Smith ran for 132 yards on 22 carries and had a pair of touchdowns. In total, Bethel’s offense racked up over 500 yards of offense on the Eagles. Coming into Thursday, the Eagle defense had given up just 146 points (20 a game) in seven games.

Federal Way was also hurt by three first-half turnovers, which led to three Braves’ touchdowns.

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

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