The Decatur Gators used a frantic fourth-quarter comeback Thursday night to pick up their first victory of the season. The Gators (1-1) downed the Renton Indians, 32-28, to even their record at Renton Memorial Stadium in a non-league contest.
Decatur got a huge game from running back Isaiah Diggs. The junior finished with five touchdowns, including a pair in the fourth quarter that helped the Gators overcome a 10-point deficit and get the win.
After a scoreless first quarter, Diggs ran for a pair of 2-yard touchdowns in the second to give the Gators a 12-0 lead at the half.
Diggs picked up his third touchdown in the third quarter to make the score 18-0, but Renton came roaring back with four-straight touchdowns from running back Ernie Davis to take a 28-18 lead into the fourth quarter.
But then Diggs took the game back into his hands, taking in a 1-yard rush for a touchdown and finally catching a 49-yard pass from junior quarterback Isaiah Hatch with just 50 seconds left in the game. Diggs then ran in the point-after to put Decatur up 32-28 and time ran out on the Indians.
The Gators host Battle Ground Saturday in another non-league contest at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Beamer 26, Rogers 21
The Titans evened their record in the SPSL South with the win over the Rams Saturday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. After falling behind 15-0 in the first half, Beamer (1-1) scored all 26 of its points in the third and fourth quarters.
The first Beamer score came on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Davis to Christian Stafford. The Titans travel to Spanaway Lake Friday night to take on the Sentinels.
Federal Way 47, Emerald Ridge 13
The second-ranked Eagles (2-0) dominated the Emerald Ridge Jaguars Thursday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Junior Chico McClatcher totaled 215 all-purpose yards for the Eagles and had three touchdowns. McClatcher scored on runs of 56 and two of 16 yards. Federal Way also got two touchdown runs from senior quarterback Keenan Curran. Senior Eric Ah Fua scored on a 67-yard fumble recovery and a 1-yard run.
The win sets up a huge SPSL South matchup Thursday night against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles at Art Crate Stadium. Graham-Kapowsin is also 2-0 and the game will be televised on Root Sports.
Kentwood 25, Jefferson 7
The Raiders fell to 1-1 on the season with the SPSL North loss to the Conquerors Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Kentwood's impressive defense limited TJ to just 62 total yards, including an eye-popping minus-53 rushing yards.
Jefferson's lone touchdown came with 1:29 left in the first half on a 20-yard pass to Tyrell Williams. The score cut the Kentwood lead to just 10-7.
The Raiders will travel to French Field Thursday night to take on the Kent-Meridian Royals.