Federal Way and Beamer were tied 7-7 at halftime of Friday’s football game, and it certainly looked like either team could win.
In fact, Beamer might have been up 14-7 if not for two uncharacteristic drops down in the red zone (mind you, the Titans don’t throw much, but they’ve had some success when they do — and got their only TD that way).
In the end, big plays were Beamer’s undoing as Federal Way pulled away for the 35-7 victory, which you can read about here.
Sure, most of them were by the electrifying Chicho McClatcher, who scored the first TD on a 65-yard run and added second-half scores from 53 and 18 yards out. But Beamer coach Darren McKay wanted to make sure the rest of Federal Way’s team got its due, too, and told counterpart John Meagher as much after the game.
“I told John that it will come across, because Chico scored so many touchdowns, that it was the Chico show, he did everything,” McKay said. “But they beat us in every phase. The other 10 guys that were on the field with Chico, they beat us.”
McClatcher, who unofficially finished with 292 yards on just 13 carries, also had praise for his offensive line.
“The line played really great,” he said. “They’re a really good line – maybe the best in the state. We just played great in the second half.”
It’s never surprising to see McClatcher break big runs, with his quickness and speed. What was surprising Friday was to see him chased down, not once but twice –the first time at the 14 (after a 53-yard run) and the second at the 35 (after a 60-yard burst). Both times defenders had good angles on him, but the rain-soaked field might have had as much to do with it as anything.
“I just figured out that I can’t run fast in the rain,” he said with a shrug. “I just had to do a lot of tough running.”
Beamer did a lot of good things on the night, outside of a couple of breakdowns on fake punt plays that seemed ill-advised.
In a way, the seeding games shook out a little better this way, from fans’ perspective. Had the Titans won, it would have resulted in rematches of regular-season games (Beamer vs. Kent-Meridian and Federal Way vs. Kentwood). Beamer and Federal Way won those.
Instead, Federal Way gets K-M, while Beamer faces Kentwood. That Beamer-Kentwood game could especially be interesting, as both teams have been so tough defensively. It will be interesting to see how the Titans bounce back.