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Tag: Federal Way


Football: Playoff Game Preview Capsules


Bethel at No. 2 Woodinville (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium

Lowdown: There’s no disputing Woodinville’s defense is fantastic. Only once have the Falcons allowed more than 14 points in a game. It’s fair to say that Woodinville hasn’t yet seen an offense of Bethel’s caliber. The Braves average nearly 500 yards per game and have been held under 40 points just twice. Bethel can score in bunches, but can its defense hold Woodinville in check? QB Brett Arrivey is poised and RB Alec Schwend is good for at least 100 yards per game. If you’re looking for an upset this weekend, this could be the game.

TNT pick: Woodinville 21, Bethel 20

Edmonds-Woodway (6-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (10-0), 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium

Lowdown: Good news for Bellarmine Prep: the Lions could welcome back RB/DB Isaiah Flynn, who’s missed the past four games with a knee strain, and RB/ILB Joe Lovejoy, who sat out last week with a knee injury. Flynn adds an explosive element to Bellarmine Prep’s rushing attack and Lovejoy is the heart of the Lions’ stout defense. After a miserable 0-3 start to the season, Edmonds-Woodway has been on fire, winning six of seven games – the only misstep a 35-31 loss to No. 8 Lake Stevens.

TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Edmonds-Woodway 17
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Federal Way remains unbeaten after wild finish at Bethel

Wild. Unreal. Amazing.

Pick an adjective; it won’t do justice to the finish of ninth-ranked Federal Way’s 28-26 victory at No. 10 Bethel on Friday night.

“I’ve never experienced an end of the game situation like that,” Eagles coach John Meagher said, “in terms of the range of emotions that I felt.”

The final two minutes were such a roller coaster that three times Federal Way celebrated victory – just once with the win secured – but could finally exhale when quarterback Evan Elliott kneeled in the end zone, taking a safety as time expired. The Eagles had preserved their undefeated record in a matchup of SPSL South titans.

Trailing 28-24 with 2 minutes, 20 seconds remaining, Bethel stuffed Federal for no gain on fourth down and took over at its own 28. Less than a minute later, quarterback Justin Hordyk had guided the Braves to the Eagles’ 30.

One the next play, Hordyk threw to David Fontenette, who tangled with defensive back Marcel Morris. A referee originally ruled that Morris intercepted the pass, but the call was overturned after an officials’ huddle.
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Football: Three to See in Week 5

Three to See in Week 5

No. 9 Federal Way (4-0 overall, 4-0 league) at Bethel (3-1 overall, 3-0 league), 7 tonight

Lowdown: Federal Way’s dynamite defense collides with Bethel’s barnstorming offense in a contest that could determine the league champion. Led by DB D.J. May, LB Jordan Pulu and NG Uso Olive, the Eagles have stymied opposing offenses, holding them to only 54 points. Federal Way is particularly tough against the run, allowing a league-best 56.5 yards per game. But pass defense has been Federal Way’s Achilles heel – the Eagles rank dead-last in the league, allowing 186 yards per game. That bodes well for Bethel QB Justin Hordyk, who’s thrown for 838 yards and 8 TDs. Hordyk leads the SPSL in total offense, averaging 302 yards per game. RB Jeffrey Holder (359 yards and 7 TDs) gets the bulk of the Braves’ carries, while WRs Brandon Kirian and David Fontenette are Hordyk’s top targets.

TNT pick: Bethel 33, Federal Way 31
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Football: No. 9 Federal Way ends Curtis’ 28-game regular season win streak

The center of power in the SPSL South shifted on Friday night.

Ninth-ranked Federal Way ended Curtis’ 28-game regular-season winning streak with a 17-7 victory over the three-time defending SPSL South champion Vikings Friday.

The Eagles mobbed each other after the final whistle sounded, a blue and white gyrating mass of jubilation at midfield, but they weren’t prepared to say they’d taken the lead in the race for the league title.

“It’s three games into the season, it’s early to start talking about league titles,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. “It’s the beginning of the race; not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
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Football: Three games to see in Week 2

Three to See: Week 2

(1-0 league, 1-0 overall) at Federal Way (1-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Lowdown: Puyallup shined its season-opener, dismantling Spanaway Lake 56-7. The Vikings rotated Trevor Lyon and Rhys Gervais at quarterback, with Lyon getting the majority of the snaps over Gervais, who joined the team shortly before the season. Both ran the offense well, but they’ll face a bigger, stronger and faster defense tonight. Few teams can match the Eagles’ athleticism, who have at least three Division-I recruits – RB/DB D.J. May, NG Uso Olive and OT/LB Jordan Pulu – on their roster. When Federal Way has the ball, keep an eye on the line to see the matchup between Pulu, a WSU commit, and defensive lineman Joshua Garnett, rated as one of the top offensive linemen in the country. Federal Way rallied from a first-quarter deficit last week, scoring five unanswered touchdowns in a 37-14 win at Graham-Kapowsin.
TNT pick: Federal Way 31, Puyallup 24
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West Central District denies Federal Way’s appeal

I had a chance today to speak with Jerry Holsten, West Central District president and South Kitsap High School principal, about Federal Way’s appeal over its possible placement in the SPSL South.

Holsten said the appeal was denied because no realignment has taken place yet.

“At this point in time, based on the fact that the SPSL has yet to realign its divisions,” Holsten said, “the West Central District has ruled that the Federal Way appeal is filed prematurely.”

That means the issue is back in the hands of the SPSL, which originally voted to send either Jefferson

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Hold up on FW or Jefferson moving to SPSL South

South Puget Sound League athletic directors were supposed to hear presentations from Federal Way and Jefferson high schools when they gathered today for their monthly meeting. Up for debate was which school would be placed in the SPSL South.

But those presentations never came and a recommendation to the league’s principals was never made. That’s because earlier this week Federal Way submitted an appeal to the West Central District to overturn any placement of the school into the SPSL South, said Rick Wells, president of SPSL athletic directors.

That strikes me as interesting. Doesn’t it seem awfully difficult to appeal a decision that has not yet been made?
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Update on Federal Way boys hoops matter

South Puget Sound League athletic directors will have to wait to hear a “point of clarification” from Federal Way officials about possible use of an ineligible player on the Eagles’ boys basketball team in its state championship 2008-09 season.

Federal Way athletic director Miguel Perez will not address the SPSL athletic directors at its monthly meeting Thursday morning at Sumner High School. Federal Way had asked to be placed on the agenda, but an independent investigation ordered by the school district has not been completed and Perez asked Rick Wells, president of the SPSL athletic directors, to instead it on the agenda for the Nov. 19 meeting.

“Federal Way wants to wait for their outside investigation to be complete before they give their point of clarification,” said Curtis principal David Hammond, who is the president of the SPSL principals.

Diane Turner, chief communications officer of the Federal Way School District, said the third-party investigator finished his interviews on Monday, but still has material to review.

“I do not have a firm date on when the attorney’s investigation will be complete,” she said.

One of two things will happen when Federal Way does address SPSL athletic directors, Hammond said. The league will accept the findings of Federal Way and the independent investigation, or it will ask the West Central District or the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to appoint a fact-finder to look into the matter.

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