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October 17, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Kentwood keeps SPSL 4A North interesting

It would have been easy to write off the Kentwood Conquerors after they stumbled to an 0-2 start in the South Puget Sound League 4A North Division. Many folks did just that.

But Kentwood is a storied program that finds its way into the playoffs year after year. And after tonight’s upset victory over ninth-ranked Federal Way, 24-7, the Conquerors (5-2, 4-2) are in prime position to claim one of the division’s four playoff spots. Acutally, only three are up for grabs because fifth-ranked Auburn is assured of one at 6-0 (7-0 overall with tonight’s nonleague win over Decatur).

Give Kentwood credit. That’s what Federal Way coach John Meagher did after the game, refusing to blame injuries, turnovers or penalties, although all were key factors. He said the Eagles simply got out-played, and in many ways they did as Kentwood rallied with 21 fourth-quarter points.

On Homecoming night, K-dub’s Bryan Carlson was fit to be king after scoring on a 22-yard run (one of only two carries on the night) and 29-yard interception return.

But it was evident Federal Way missed the defensive play of linebacker Andru Pulu, a UW recruit who left in the second quarter with an unspecified leg injury. Pulu had some big hits before being sidelined and Eagle fans have to hope he’ll be back soon.

Kentwood fans might believe that’s turn-about fair play because last year Federal Way won as Demitrius Bronson wantched the second half from the sidelines with an injury after running wild in the first two quarters.

Federal Way, which had won five in a row since a season-opening loss to Auburn, has another big game next week against Tahoma (5-2, 5-2). Kentwood faces another resurgent team in Kentridge (3-3, 4-3), which knocked off Tahoma last week and beat Auburn Riverside tonight. Kentlake, once 3-0, is also 3-3 in league play after tonight’s loss to Tahoma.

It’s going to be a race to the wire for those final playoff spots. And Kentwood is right in the thick of it.

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