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Haywood, TJ roll over Bethel for the first time since 1993
By CASEY OLSON
The Thomas Jefferson football team made a little history Saturday night. For the first time since 1993, the Raiders beat the Bethel Braves. Jefferson blew away the Braves (1-4) at Federal Way Memorial Stadium, 34-7. The win moved the Raiders to 2-3 on the season.
It has been quite a while, said TJ head coach Kevin Hanis. This week the offense clicked. We have been playing great defense, but with the offense sputtering we left our defense on the field too much and the other teams were able to take advantage of that and get some big plays.
But, against Bethel, the big plays came from Jefferson.
The Raiders tallied the first 28 points and got a huge game from quarterback Cory Haywood. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder scored four of TJs five touchdowns and ran for 149 yards on 16 carries. Haywood also finished 4-of-6 for 104 yards through the air. He also had an interception and a fumble recovery on defense. Haywood had scoring runs of 9, 11, 26 and 19 yards.
He had a great game, Hanis said.
Chris Ratteray scored the Raiders other touchdown on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.
The win sets up a big game with the Emerald Ridge Jaguars Friday night at Sparks Stadium. Emerald Ridge also enters the game with a 2-3 record and were blown out by the Rogers Rams Friday night, 35-14.
Beamer 40, Decatur 27
The Todd Beamer Titans (1-4) picked up their first victory of the season Friday night with a 40-27 win over the Decatur Gators at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. After being shut out twice in their first four games, the Titan offense exploded against the 1-4 Gators.
Beamer got touchdowns from four different players, including a pair from Jason Johnson. Decatur jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brock Gates to Jacob Magnuson. But Johnson took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for the Titans first score of the night. Junior quarterback Cole Bixenman followed later in the first quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run to give Beamer a 13-7 lead.
Decatur did come back to tie the game with a 1-yard scoring run by senior Chris English, but the Titans tallied the next two touchdowns of the first half a 3-yard run by Lamandray Fuller and a 6-yard pass to Christian Cooper to take a 27-13 halftime lead.
Beamers Sean Davis added a pair of second-half field goals and Johnson caught a 60-yard pass from Bixenman. Decatur got second-half touchdowns on a 21-yard touchdown run by Gates and a 78-yard run by Thaddeus Tate.
The Titans will host the 2-3 Spanaway Lake Sentinels Thursday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Spanaway Lake lost a tough game Friday to the No. 10-ranked Curtis Vikings, 27-20.
Decatur will travel to Sparks Stadium Thursday night to take on the 4-1 Rogers Rams, who are coming off a 35-14 win over Emerald Ridge.
Puyallup 34, Federal Way 0 (Saturday)
The Eagles had no answers for the No. 4-ranked Puyallup Vikings Saturday night at Sparks Stadium. The unbeaten Vikings rolled by Federal Way, 34-0.
The Eagles entered the game with a 3-1 record and in a tie for second place in the SPSL South, but left in fourth place.
The Vikings dominated the line of scrimmage all night long and the 5-foot-7, 165-pound Nick Shadle ran for 216 yards, including 174 in the first half when Puyallup racked up a 27-0 lead. He also had three touchdowns.
The Vikings and Shadle scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game. Shadle carried the ball 16 times for 137 yards on those drives and scored on runs of 1 and 19 yards. He added another touchdown with 55 seconds to go in the second quarter.
The Eagles could never get anything going when they had the ball. After a 268-yard effort last week against Jefferson, senior tailback Victor Williams could muster only 70 yards on 19 carries against Puyallup. In total, Federal Way had less than 150 yards of total offense and lost three fumbles and threw two interceptions.
Federal Way still controls its own postseason destiny, but would most likely need a victory over the Curtis Vikings Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The 10th-ranked Vikings sit one game up on the Eagles in the SPSL South and only the top-three teams advance to the state playoffs.
Curtis features an explosive offense and dominating line play. Their offense, led by senior quarterback Jordan Rassmussen, has scored 27 or more points in four of their five games. Their only hiccup came in a 23-14 loss to Puyallup two weeks ago.
The Eagles will have to hang in the game during the first three quarters of play. The Vikings have outscored their opponents 113-24 during that time.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com