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Lucky seven: Federal Way's Pinson sets SPSL touchdown record during 69-21 win over TJ
Federal Way High School senior Trenton Pinson didn't treat his old teammates very well Thursday night, to say the least.
Pinson broke the all-time South Puget Sound League single-game touchdown record by scoring an eye-popping seven times during the Eagles' 69-21 blowout of the Thomas Jefferson Raiders (1-8) at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Making the record even more impressive, if that's possible, is the fact that Pinson transferred to Federal Way last school year from Jefferson.
The Eagles (7-2) had already clinched a berth into the postseason for the third straight year, but are still awaiting where and when they will be playing. Their seed will not be known until after tonight's Kentlake-Kentwood game. Federal Way will either be the third or fourth seed from the SPSL North.
The third seed will travel to Sammamish next weekend to take on the No. 1-ranked Skyline Spartans, who lost to Bothell in the KingCo Conference championship game Thursday, in the opening round of the state playoffs either Nov. 6 or 7.
The fourth seed will travel to Gig Harbor Tuesday to play a pigtail game against the Tides at 7 p.m. Gig Harbor is the fifth-place team from the Narrows League. The winner will then travel to the Vancouver area Nov. 7 to take on the champions of the Greater St. Helen's League in the opening round of the playoffs.
But Pinson was the story Thursday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The 6-foot, 185-pounder scored on touchdown runs of 56, 1, 15, 9, 8, 5 and 4 yards, bringing his season total to 20. The previous SPSL record for TDs in a single game was five, which was held by 24 different players.
Pinson scored all seven of his touchdowns during the first half, when Federal Way rolled out to a 42-0 lead after the first quarter and 63-7 at halftime. In total, Pinson carried the ball only 13 for 177 yards.
Pinson has been on fire during the Eagles' current six-game winning streak. The senior has scored 17 touchdowns during those six games and racked up 843 yards on the ground on just 103 carries.
Federal Way also got touchdowns from kicker Kelyn Rowe, who scored on a 28-yard run in the first quarter, Isiah Umipig on a 48-yard interception return in the first quarter and Wintson Havili, who tallied a 1-yard TD run in fourth quarter.
The Raiders got a pair of touchdown catches from Scott Sanford on the night. The first came in the second quarter on an 18-yarder and the second came in the fourth quarter from 20 yards out. Senior Michael Sallee also snared a 49-yard TD pass from K.W. Williams in the third quarter.
Jefferson's season will conclude Thursday night when they take on the Decatur Gators in an SPSL crossover game at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.