Federal Way quarterback D’Jimon Jones is out for the remainder of the season with an illness, according to John Meagher, who could not elaborate due to HIPPA privacy laws.
Sophomore Gabe Togia took over in last Friday’s game against Kent-Meridian, leading the fifth-ranked Eagles (7-2) to a 77-21 victory that gave them the SPSL 4A North’s top seed into the preliminary playoffs.
Togia completed 5 of 10 passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns and got plenty of support from star running back Chico McClatcher, who rushed for 354 yards and six TDs.
“Gabe did great in his first varsity start,” Meagher said this morning. “He has had another really good week of practice and is ready to lead us into the playoffs. Gabe was 7-1 as our starting JV QB and really progressed throwing the ball later in the season.
“He has the perfect QB emotional makeup — nothing phases him. He isn’t D’Jimon — but we as coaches are confidnet in his abilities to keep us in the hunt!”
Federal Way plays Mariner Friday at 7:30 at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Jones, a junior, was a run-pass threat. Through eight games, he had rushed for 392 yards and four TDs and passed for 561 yards and 8 TDs (31 of 61, with 3 interceptions).