John Meagher watched in awe as Newport ran past Lake Stevens in the opening round of the Class 4A state football playoffs last Saturday.
Actually, the Knights ran through, over and around the Vikings, over and over again – all out of the same formation, the double-tight end wishbone, without variation.
At one point, Meagher turned to one of his Federal Way assistant coaches and said, “Have you ever seen anything like this?”
Nope, never, they both agreed.
“It’s like that line in ‘Remember the Titans’ – ‘It’s like Novocain; give it time and it works,’” Meagher said earlier this week. “They were very methodical. They must have converted something like 18 or 20 third downs, or that’s what it seemed like.”
He expects the same kind of approach this Saturday when his Eagles travel to Newport for a quarterfinal matchup at 7 p.m.
Federal Way features a more explosive offense, with time-bomb Chico McClatcher capable of going off for a big touchdown play at any time. So, opponents often figure the best defense is a good offense.
“Teams come in trying to limit our offense and the touches by Chico by keeping their offense on the field,” Meagher said. “It’s a keep-away kind of game plan.”
We’ll find out whose plan works best tomorrow night.