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Federal Way's defense shuts down Beamer to get back in SPSL South postseason hunt
By CASEY OLSON
The Federal Way Eagles are creeping right back in the playoff hunt in the South Puget Sound League South Division.
The Eagles picked up a hard-fought 7-0 win over the Todd Beamer Titans Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The victory improved Federal Way to 4-3 on the season and puts them one-game back of the third and final postseason berth from the league. Puyallup sits atop the South at 7-0, followed by 6-1 Curtis and the 5-2 Rogers Rams.
But to get into the playoffs, the Eagles will have to take care of business in their final two games of the regular season and get a little help. Federal Way will battle a pair of 1-6 teams in Bethel and Decatur. The Eagles will also need a Rogers loss and a pair of wins from either Emerald Ridge or Spanaway Lake to force a three-team tie for third place.
Against Beamer Friday night, it was the Federal Way defense that proved to be the difference. The Eagles forced the 1-6 Titans into four costly fumbles and held Beamer to just 91 yards of total offense.
It was the third time in seven games that Beamer has been shut out. Puyallup beat the Titans 35-0 and Curtis won 41-0.
But Fridays game was still up in the air until the end. Federal Way tailback Jimmy Ivory scored the only touchdown of the game in the third quarter on a 5-yard run. Ivory was filling in for Victor Williams, one of the most talented and fastest players in the SPSL South. Williams missed his second consecutive game after violating a team rule.
Ivory finished the game with 146 yards on 20 carries.
Beamer just couldnt get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. The Titans tallied only 15 yards of total offense in the second half.
Beamer will take on Rogers Friday night at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup and then end their regular season schedule at Federal Way Memorial Stadium against Jefferson.
Puyallup 40, Jefferson 7 (Friday)
The Raiders (2-5) hung with the unbeaten and fourth-ranked Vikings for much of the first half, but Puyallup just had too many weapons for TJ in the end.
After the Vikings Nic Shadle tallied the first of his five touchdowns in the first quarter, the Raiders Chris Ratteray plunged into the end zone from 1-yard out to tie the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter.
But it was all Puyallup and Shadle after that. The senior running back finished with 266 yards on 26 carries and also returned a punt 82 yards for a score. Shadle ended with 394 total yards. Puyallups Ricky Cooper had the other touchdown for Puyallup on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders will have another tough test Saturday night when they take on 6-1 Curtis at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Jefferson ends its regular season against Beamer Oct. 28.
Emerald Ridge 35, Decatur 26 (Thursday)
The Gators fell to 1-6 on the season with a 36-26 loss to the Emerald Ridge Jaguars (4-3) Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The action was fast and furious in the opening minute of action.
Emerald Ridges Neko Doy started off the game by running the opening kickoff back 87 yards for a touchdown to give the Jaguars a 7-0 lead. But the Gators came right back on the first play from scrimmage with a 71-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brock Gates to Jacob Magnuson to tie the game up at 7-7.
Doy then ran back the ensuing kickoff 83 yards to put Emerald Ridge up for good, 14-7. Doy, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior, also scored on a 36-yard pass from Logan Bushnell and ran 1 yard for a TD. He had 156 yards on 28 carries and 370 total yards on the night.
The Gators got a pair of touchdown runs from Thaddeus Tate. Tates first touchdown a 6-yard run pulled the Gators within 14-13 in the second quarter. But that was as close as it would get. Decatur also got a 5-yard scoring run from Darrius Harris in the third quarter.
The Gators will take on Puyallup and Federal Way in their final two SPSL South regular season games.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org