Remember when Federal Way started the year with a plethora of injuries — especially at linebacker, man — and then dropped its first two games. Albeit, those were to Camas and Union, both in the top 4 of the final rankings. But still.
Now the Eagles (9-2) have won nine straight, avenged their season-opening loss to Union and are in the state quarterfinals after beating the Titans 23-14.
“They did the same stuff that we were expecting, they weren’t going to change 10 game’s worth,” coach John Meagher said.
Oh, did I mention they have their starting quarterback at the helm again?
That’s right, D’Jimon Jones was supposed to be out for the season with an illness, but Meagher said he came to practice with a doctor’s note this week. Gabe Togia still started, but Jones was slowly integrated throughout the first half and took over the offense after halftime. Meagher said Jones lost 15 pounds due to the illness.
Jones was fairly effective, but it was tough sledding against a stout Union defense on a chilly night. Even though Chico McClatcher finished with 264 yards on 34 carries, the senior running back was bottled up for the most part of the day. It wasn’t until a 43-yard touchdown run late in the game, one that sealed it, did the speedy back
“That’s a lot of carries tonight, and he carried the load, just like he has been for the last few games,” Meagher said. “He did a great job. It’s what we expect from Chico, it’s unfortunate because he’s so good that we have such high expectations that 10 yard run is a little bit of a letdown.”
“They did the same stuff that we were expecting, they weren’t going to change 10 game’s worth,” Meagher said.