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2009 Mirror's All-City Football Team

Federal Way seniors Isiah Umipig (left) and Trenton Pinson led the Eagles into the postseason for the fourth year in a row. Umipig was an All-City defensive back and Pinson earned All-City honors as a running back after compiling over 1,000 yards on the ground.  - Casey Olson/The Mirror
Federal Way seniors Isiah Umipig (left) and Trenton Pinson led the Eagles into the postseason for the fourth year in a row. Umipig was an All-City defensive back and Pinson earned All-City honors as a running back after compiling over 1,000 yards on the ground.
— image credit: Casey Olson/The Mirror

Offense

Quarterback — Nick Tanielu, Federal Way

The junior finished second in the South Puget Sound League North Division in passing yards with 1,130 during the regular season. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder completed 51 percent of his passes and finished with six touchdowns. His best passing game came during a loss to Auburn in the first week of the season, when he completed 21 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.

Tanielu also ran the ball for 225 yards and five touchdowns and also started as a defensive back for the Eagles’ defense. He had two interceptions during a win over Emerald Ridge. Tanielu was also named the first-team, All-SPSL North quarterback by the league’s coaches.

Running Backs —Trenton Pinson, Federal Way; Nicky Faulaau, Beamer

Pinson was ultra-impressive during his first season at Federal Way High School. The senior transferred from Thomas Jefferson after playing for the Raiders as a junior. Pinson ran for 1,108 yards and 21 touchdowns during the regular season and was the fastest high school football player in the state of Washington. Last spring, Pinson was the state runner-up in the 100- and 200-meter races and has personal-best times of 10.8 and 21.81.

Pinson averaged 125 yards a game and 7.7 yards a carry during the season and scored 22 total touchdowns.

He finished with six 100-plus yard games during the season and his best game came Oct. 29 against his old team, Jefferson. Pinson ran for 177 on just 12 carries and set an SPSL record with seven touchdowns. Pinson also had 234 yards against Auburn Riverside. Pinson has been getting some looks from some Division I programs.

Faulaau proved to be one of the best two-way players in the SPSL South Division. The 6-foot, 212-pounder was the workhorse for the Titans during the season. Faulaau punished opposing defenses with a hard-nosed running style. The junior had his best game during a win over Auburn Riverside on Sept. 18 with 109 yards on 20 carries. The win over Riverside snapped a 20-game Beamer losing streak. The Titans went on to finish 4-6 overall.

Faulaau finished with five total touchdowns on the season and was named second-team, All-SPSL South Division by the league’s coaches.

Wide Receivers — Ja’Juan Davis, Federal Way; Alden Coleman, Federal Way; C.J. Simpson, Beamer; Scott Sanford, Jefferson

The Federal Way pair of Davis and Coleman were both named first-team, All-SPSL North after solid seasons for the Eagles. Davis finished the regular season with 22 catches for 371 yards and one touchdown in seven games, including two 100-yard games against Kentlake and Kentwood. Coleman finished with 18 catches for 267 yards and four touchdowns.

Simpson was the Titans’ leading receiver with 33 catches for 400 yards and three touchdowns. Simpson’s best game came during a loss to Rogers Oct. 24 when he caught 10 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.

Sanford was the leading receiver in the SPSL North this season, snaring 30 passes for 591 yards and seven touchdowns. Sanford also ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns, as well. The senior also had two games with over 100 yards receiving. Sanford had four catches for 156 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown, against Kentlake and three catches for 149 yards and a TD in a loss to Curtis. He also had two touchdown catches against Federal Way.

Offensive Line — James Seumaala, Federal Way; Michael Vlasenko, Jefferson; Garrett Townsend, Federal Way; Jamarkus Springfield, Beamer; Brandon Seliga, Decatur

The big guys up front were solid all season long across the Federal Way School District. The five All-City offensive linemen average 252 pounds, led by the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Seliga. Seumaala was a first-team, All-SPSL North selection by the league’s coaches and Vlasenko was a second-team selection. Both Springfield and Seliga were second-teamers in the South Division.

Kicker — Kelyn Rowe, Federal Way

The senior was pretty much automatic during the season for the Eagles. Rowe, who is one of the best soccer players in the state, made 38-of-39 extra-points and also converted 6-of-10 field goals, including a long of 44 yards. Rowe has already verbally committed to play soccer in the fall at UCLA.

Defense

Defensive Line — Marley Liulama, Beamer; James Seumaala, Federal Way; Jefferson Aumua, Jefferson

Liulama pretty much lived in the opposing teams’ backfield during the season for Beamer. The 5-foot-11, 250-pound sophomore led the SPSL in tackles for loss with a total of 14 in nine games. He also registered five sacks for the Titans and was a second-team, All-SPSL South pick.

Seumaala was unblockable at times in the middle of the Eagle defensive line. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder was a first-team, All-SPSL North pick and had five sacks.

Aumua, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound sophomore, had a solid season for the Raiders. Aumua had 10.5 tackles for a loss, including a pair of sacks. He finished the year with 28 tackles.

Linebackers — DaShawn Horne, Federal Way; Lofi Luafatasaga, Jefferson; Nicky Faulaau, Beamer; Matt Turner, Decatur

The Federal Way School District produced a solid group of linebackers during the 2009 season.

Horne was the Eagles’ enforcer during the season. The senior racked up four sacks and also dished out several big hits on opposing running backs for Federal Way, which finished as the fifth-ranked defense in the 18-team SPSL. Horne was a first-team, All-SPSL North selection.

Luafatasaga, also a first-teamer, led the SPSL in tackles during the regular season with 83.5. The senior averaged 9.3 tackles a game and had a high game of 14. He also had 13 tackles for a loss during the season.

Faulaau was a beast in the middle of the Beamer defense all season long. The junior finished the year with 11 tackles for a loss and seemed to be in on every tackle for the Titans. Faulaau was a first-team, All-SPSL South pick by the league’s coaches and will be back next year for head coach David Sundheim.

Decatur’s Turner makes his second-straight appearance as an All-City linebacker. The Gator senior was Decatur’s best defender and earned first-team, All-SPSL South honors after a stellar season. Turner was a second-teamer as a junior.

Defensive Backs — Napa Mefi, Beamer; Rian Miller, Federal Way; Jonny Volland, Jefferson; Isiah Umipig, Federal Way

Mefi, a junior, proved to be one of the better athletes in the district. The 6-footer led the SPSL South with four interceptions during the regular season and set an SPSL record by returning one of them 99 yards for a touchdown. Mefi is also an All-SPSL South basketball player for the Titans.

Miller makes his second appearance in the All-City defensive backfield. The senior earned first-team, All-SPSL North honors after picking off two passes for the Eagles. Miller helped Federal Way to be the third-best defense against the pass in the SPSL, allowing just 65 yards a game.

Volland is another repeat performer on the All-City Team. The senior was a second-team, All-SPSL North selection as a defensive back and was also a solid contributor for the Raiders’ offense. Volland finished with 23 catches for 323 yards and a touchdown as a receiver.

Umipig came out late to the Federal Way football team after not playing the sport for two years. But the senior made an immediate impact for the Eagles. Umipig, who has already signed his national letter of intent to play basketball next year at Cal State Fullerton, intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown in a win over Jefferson. He also had a pair of rushing TDs and returned a kick for a score during the season.

Punter — Kelyn Rowe, Federal Way

The Federal Way senior was named the SPSL North’s Special Teams Player of the Year after being named as both the first-team kicker and punter for the Eagles. Rowe averaged 37.0 yards on 24 punts during the season and had a long of 68 yards.

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