After looking around and talking with some coaches Tuesday, there are a few things that need to be pointed out in the world of high school football.
Let’s start with Federal Way:
Coach John Meagher said the team is finally starting to feel what this team’s about this season, getting a grasp of their identity.
That identity includes understanding they’re a team that needs to be given the chance to run six plays in a drive to have a good chance of scoring. Meagher said they’re not made for 12-play, grinding drives.
Last week alone, they had four, one-play drives that resulted in a score.
In their one loss so far this season to Graham-Kapowsin, Meagher said one of the factors in the loss – on top of Graham-Kapowsin being a physical, tough football team “without any weaknesses we could see” – was they were able to bottle up the Federal Way players, engaging in a game of keep-away.
Meagher said Federal Way has an explosive offense if they’re given the chance, a statement that’s fully supported by their 799 rushing yards in four games.
Graham-Kapowsin didn’t give them the chance to be explosive, holding them to a game-low 21 points due to going three-and-out on most drives.
Last week, Federal Way came back with a win, making their overall record 3-1.
The key to their game this Friday against Puyallup will be to continue running explosive plays on the ground, and taking the least amount of plays in a drive as possible before scoring.
The other key will be to stop Puyallup’s passing game. Meagher said Puyallup has a great quarterback in Brendan Illies and receiver tandem, so they’ll have to stop them from throwing the ball if they want to win.
Quick notes –
-Meagher said that overall, Federal Way is healthy except for at the linebacker position. There was a lot of shuffling guys around for the Graham-Kapowsin game two weeks ago, but they’re starting to get some of their linebackers back.
-Meagher ranked Graham-Kapowsin, Curtis and Puyallup as the top contenders in SPSL 4A South (in that order). He obviously wasn’t putting his team in that lineup.