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Football: Federal Way gets back in the win column

Decatur tailback Jordan Flowers follows wide receiver Kramer Stuth on a run during the second quarter against Puyallup on Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Decatur lost to the Vikings, 21-10, after leading 10-0 at halftime. - Alex Carson/For The Mirror
Decatur tailback Jordan Flowers follows wide receiver Kramer Stuth on a run during the second quarter against Puyallup on Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Decatur lost to the Vikings, 21-10, after leading 10-0 at halftime.
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The Federal Way Eagles, the defending South Puget Sound League North Division champions, got back on track with an impressive 31-7 non-league win over Emerald Ridge Saturday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The victory over the Jaguars came a week after the Eagles dropped their season-opener to Auburn, 14-7.

Federal Way (0-1 in SPSL North and 1-1 overall) got a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Nick Tanielu and also recovered a blocked punt in the endzone.

After playing a scoreless first quarter, the Eagles’ opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run by junior tailback George Williams. Federal Way made it 14-0 later in the quarter after freshman Jordan Pulu recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Tanielu and the Eagles made it 28-0 in the third quarter after the sophomore hit Rian Miller with a 38-yard touchdown pass and later connected with Daytrez Sterling on a 9-yarder.

Emerald Ridge (1-1) tallied its only points of the game in the fourth quarter on a 67-yard pass. Federal Way’s Kelyn Rowe finalized the scoring with a 32-yard field goal.

The Eagles played their second game of the season without tailback/linebacker Andre Barrington, who is nursing a sprained knee. Barrington, who verbally committed to Washington State University before the season began, rushed for 1,028 yards and 18 total touchdowns and led Federal Way’s defense in tackles last year.

The Eagles get back into the teeth of their SPSL North Division schedule Friday night when they host the Kentridge Chargers at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Things looked good for the Decatur Gators in the first half Friday night against the Puyallup Vikings at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Gators rolled out to an impressive 10-0 lead at halftime against one of the most storied football programs in the state.

Decatur (0-2) got a 25-yard field goal from Nick Belcourt and a 6-yard touchdown run by Clark Colvin.

But the lead didn’t last. Puyallup’s Jorey Johnson caught a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown in the fourth quarter. Johnson’s touchdown passes (62 and 6 yards) came from Puyallup (2-0) quarterback Brennen Boyes. His touchdown run was a 4-yarder.

Johnson finished with 141 yards on 14 carries. Decatur running back Jordan Flowers gained 73 yards on 16 carries for the Gators.

Greg Logan returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown and caught one of Jeff Logan’s three scoring passes as the Eagles (2-0) shut out the Titans (0-2) in the SPSL South at Art Crate Field. Gannon Kessler had 100 yards on 11 carries, including two scoring runs for the Eagles.

The Raiders fell to 0-2 in the SPSL North with a loss to Kentridge at French Field.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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