I was really looking forward to Thursday’s nonleague game between No. 10 Federal Way and unranked Tahoma, a pair of cross-division SPSL 4A teams that could meet in in a Week 9 seeding game, depending on how things shake out.
I had seen Federal Way a couple of weeks earlier against Union and the Eagles looked fairly sharp in the first half, then faded in part due to some injuries (and Union is pretty good, too).
I was anxious to see Tahoma’s record-seeting QB, junior Amandre Williams, and he looked good early. He throws a nice, tight ball, but just wasn’t in sync on the night, missing some open receivers.
Federal Way led just 14-10 after one quarter, and then dominated — thanks largely to Chico McClatcher, who is simply electrifying. He scored five first-half TDs as the Eagles pulled away for a 51-10 lead and officially finished with 286 yards on just 14 carries (we in the press box had 298 yards on 15 tries, but apparently gave him a play that belonged to someone else).
One other FW player who caught my eye is sophomore Jamon Chambers, who tallied 124 yards on just five tries, scoring twice. An heir apparent perhaps? He’s a smaller guy, too (5-7, 145) and had some nifty moves.
Next up for Tahoma is a Decatur team that has been putting up good offensive numbers (but lacking on defense), then comes Kentwood.