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FOOTBALL: Fourth-ranked Eagles stage comeback in second half, beat Auburn; It's win-and-in for TJ
The fourth-ranked Federal Way Eagles got a little scare Saturday night in a non-league game with the Auburn Trojans.
Auburn jumped all over the Eagles, outscoring Federal Way 20-0 in the second quarter, to take a 23-7 halftime lead.
But all-everything Chico McClatcher scooted free for three second-half touchdowns, rescuing fourth-ranked Federal Way in a 33-23 comeback victory over Auburn at Federal Way Stadium.
The Eagles improved to 7-1. The Trojans dropped to 5-3 on the season.
McClatcher scored on runs of 76 in the first quarter, 17 (third) and 39 yards (fourth). He also scored on a 90-yard pass play from quarterback Keenan Curran in the third quarter that triggered the Eagles' 26-point second-half explosion.
Ercle Terrell scored on a 25-yard run and Brier Atkinson ran 12 yards for another for Auburn, which held a 20-3 halftime lead.
Caden Borden booted field goals of 21, 31 and 33 yards for the Trojans.
The Eagles, who have already clinched a playoff berth, play a huge game Friday night against the Curtis Vikings (7-1) at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Third-ranked Graham-Kapowsin (8-0) will be the South Puget Sound League South Division's top seed into the postseason.
The winner of the Federal Way-Curtis game will be the division's second seed and the loser will be the third. The second-place team from the South will host the third-place team from the Wesco League on Nov. 9, while the third-place team will travel to the Wesco's second seed on Nov. 8.
Jefferson 21, Kentridge 0 — The Raiders continued their impressive season Friday night with the shutout of the Chargers at French Field. The win moved Jefferson to 5-2 in the SPSL North Division and 5-3 overall.
The Raiders got all the points they needed with a second-quarter touchdown by Niko DelaCruz from 2 yards out. The game stayed 7-0 until the fourth quarter when Jefferson got touchdowns from Shane Seaume and Zach Grayson.
The Raiders can assure themselves of a berth into the playoffs with a win Friday night in Maple Valley against the Tahoma Bears. Jefferson can also qualify for the postseason with a loss to the Bears, but would need help.
Both Auburn Riverside (6-1) and Kentwood (6-1) are assured of two of the four playoff berths from the North Division. There are currently three teams fighting for the final two spots — Jefferson (5-2), Auburn (5-2) and Tahoma (4-3).
Auburn plays Auburn Riverside Friday and can automatically qualify with a win. It gets complicated if Auburn Riverside beats Auburn and Tahoma beats Jefferson. That would create a three-way tie for third place in the SPSL North and necessitate a three-team playoff on Nov. 5.
Auburn Mountainview 45, at Decatur 32 — Gresch Jensen threw three touchdown passes to Joey Cassano and ran for a fourth as the Lions won a wild one over the Gators in SPSL 3A play Friday night.
Cassano was on the receiving end of TD passes covering 13, 53 and 64 yards for the Lions (1-3 league, 2-6 overall).
Aeron Watson returned a fumble 14 yards for one score and Ray Hardaway rushed 4 yards for another TD for the Lions.
Isaiah Diggs caught, ran and intercepted a pass for TDs for the Gators (0-4, 1-7). Diggs had a 31-yard touchdown catch from Isaiah Diggs in the opening quarter, ran one in from 39 yards out in the fourth quarter and returned an interception 58 yards later in the game.
Decatur also got touchdown runs from Noel Maafala and Devin Brown.
The Gators host Enumclaw Thursday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Graham-Kapowsin 35, Beamer 10 — The third-ranked Eagles fell behind 3-0 on a Christian Stafford field goal for the Titans in the first quarter. But Graham-Kapowsin tallied the next 35 points in a row to win the SPSL South contest Friday at Art Crate Stadium.
The Eagles (8-0) got four touchdown runs from Teague James. Beamer's lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 43-yard run by Brody Martinez.
The Titans (2-6) will travel to Bethel on Thursday night to take on the Braves.