Federal Way had a good game plan. Use Washington State recruit Andre Barrington in about every way possible — running, throwing, receiving — and keep that Skyline spread offense off the field. And when the first quarter ended, and Skyline led only 7-3, the Eagles seemed like they might make a game of this.
But you can’t make mistakes against Skyline. Can’t do it. One might do you in, but make three or four and they might as well start a running clock. Bothell stuck with Skyline by staying largely mistake-free. Federal Way fell apart when it messed up a kickoff coverage, and then it began giving up the ball.
The Eagles gave Jake Heaps chance after chance, and he left with a season-high five touchdown passes. Four were to Kasen Williams, who has become the most unguardable receiver in the state. Every team that doubles Gino Simone and leaves Williams in coverage is paying for it dearly.
So next up is Auburn, another team that can control the clock, and it’s running game has been as impressive as any in the state. But can they make the stops on defense, and can they stay away from mistakes? In a battle straight out of Homer, the state title will go through Sparta, and the Trojans will have to take it away.