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Jefferson starts with blowout win

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Thomas Jefferson football program is on a winning streak. The Raiders won their second South Puget Sound League South Division football game in a row last Friday when they blew out cross-district rival Decatur 35-14 at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Jefferson beat Beamer in its final regular season game of 2004.

Friday, it was a battle of two of the teams picked by league coaches to finish at the bottom of the SPSL South this season. Jefferson finished last year 1-8 and Decatur was 2-8.

The Raiders took control of the game in the second half. Jefferson tallied the first two touchdowns of the game on a 2-yard run from Angelo Harris and a 2-yard pass from Cory Haywood to senior Tim Satterwhite. But Decatur answered with two touchdowns of their own to tie the game at 14-14 early in the second half — a 4-yard run by Jordy Vinluan and a 38-yard pass from junior quarterback Brock Gates to Chandler Martello.

The Raiders’ second-half explosion started with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Stark to Tanuj Soni. Soni finished with five catches for 139 yards. Jefferson’s other two touchdowns came from Harris in the fourth quarter. Harris ended the night with 106 yards on 23 carries.

The Raiders will try to remain unbeaten Saturday night when they hit the road to face the Rogers Rams at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Rogers beat up Federal Way last week, 40-18.

Things don’t get any easier for Decatur. The Gators will host No. 3-ranked Curtis Saturday night. Curtis routed Beamer last Friday, 41-0.

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