Football wrap: Eagles clinch playoff berth

The Federal Way Eagles are officially playoff-bound.

Federal Way earned one of the South Puget Sound League’s four berths into the postseason Thursday night with a 41-8 drubbing of the winless Kent-Meridian Royals at French Field. The victory moved the Eagles to 5-2 in the North Division and in a three-way tie for second place with Kentridge and Kentwood.

The playoff positioning will sort itself out this weekend with the final games of the SPSL North regular season. The Eagles take on 1-6 Jefferson, Kentridge plays 0-7 Kent-Meridian and Kentwood takes on the 4-3 Kentlake Falcons.

If all three teams were to win, Kentwood would be the No. 2 seed from the North, Kentridge the third seed and the Eagles would get the division’s fourth seed based on the league’s power-point system. Unbeaten Auburn has already clinched the North Division championship.

This season, the fourth seed from the SPSL North will play a pigtail game on Nov. 3 against the fifth-place team from the Narrows League for a berth into the opening round state playoffs, which kickoff Nov. 6.

Against Kent-Meridian, the Eagles got three touchdown runs by senior Trenton Pinson and an 82-yard kickoff return by senior Isiah Umipig.

Federal Way jumped all over the winless Royals when Pinson scored from 1-yard out. Kelyn Rowe added a 44-yard field goal later in the quarter to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead.

Kent-Meridian’s BJ Arceneaux tallied the Royals’ only points of the game early in the second quarter when he scored on a 12-yard run. The two-point conversion cut the Federal Way lead to 10-8.

But that was as close as it would get. Federal Way scored the next 31 points of the game to put it out of reach. Pinson had touchdown runs of 3 and 40 yards, Rowe added a 27-yard field goal and junior quarterback Nick Tanielu hit Alden Campbell on a 31-yard touchdown pass to go along with Umipig’s 82-yard kickoff return.

Curtis 47, Jefferson 21

The unbeaten Vikings (7-0) were too much for the Thomas Jefferson Raiders Friday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The SPSL South champions went up 20-0 during the first quarter on a pair of touchdown runs from Rahmel Dockery and a seven-yarder from Richard Southern. Curtis scored three more times in the second quarter.

Jefferson (1-6) got two second-quarter touchdowns, but still trailed 41-21 at halftime.

The Raiders take on Federal Way Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium in their SPSL North finale. Jefferson will play a crossover game against an undetermined team from the SPSL South Division on Nov. 5 or 6.

Rogers 48, Beamer 7

The Titans (3-5) couldn’t stop Rogers running back Bennett Bontemps during Saturday’s loss to the Rams (6-2) at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Bontemps scored four touchdowns on runs of 43, 70, 4 and 27 yards.

Beamer’s only score on the night came on a 26-yard touchdown pass from T.J. Esekielu to CJ Simpson during the second quarter.

The Titans end their SPSL South regular season Friday night with a game against the Decatur Gators at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Beamer will then play a crossover game against a team from the North on Nov. 5 or 6.

Graham-Kapowsin 52, Decatur 19

The Eagles (5-3) were just too much for Decatur Friday night in Graham. Graham-Kapowsin scored 24 points in the first quarter and were never threatened by the Gators (2-6).

Decatur’s points came on three touchdown passes from Alex Bykovskiy. The senior quarterback had scoring passes of 42, 29 and 3 yards.

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