Levi Jordan caught nine passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns — two coming in key stretches in the first half — as he helped rally the Puyallup High School football team from a pair of deficits to a 37-21 victory against Todd Beamer on the teams’ season-opening game Saturday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Jordan, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior, caught TD passes of 48, 16 and 73 yards from junior quarterback Brendan Illies, who threw for 400 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Illies hooked up with Jordan — both coming off second-team all-South Puget Sound League seasons — on the 73-yard TD in the fourth quarter, with Puyallup hanging on to a 28-21 lead. The score all but insured the Vikings of their third consecutive win over the Titans. Puyallup has also won seven of its past nine meetings with Todd Beamer.
“With season-opening games, you’re just not sure what you’re going to get from your team,” said Puyallup coach Gary Jeffers. “Even your opponent for that matter.”
Like last season, Beamer (0-1) struck first with quarterback Taylor Davis finding Christian Stafford on a 21-yard pass in the first quarter.
After a pair of Puyallup touchdowns, Davis hooked up with Stafford again, this time on a 75-yard catch-and-run to tie the game at 14. Brody Martinez then scored from 13-yards out to propel Beamer back into the lead.
But it was all Puyallup from there. Jordan found the end zone for his second of three receiving TDs from Illies, who found Michael Fuller just before halftime to put the Vikings on top 28-21.
“Against a very good quarterback such as Illies, you can’t afford a break in coverage,” said Beamer coach Darren McKay. “That was our biggest problem defensively and that’s what we intend on correcting prior to next game.”
Puyallup’s defense shut Beamer out the second half.
The win puts the Vikings (1-0) on the right track if they plan on ending a state playoff drought. Puyallup, which has made 14 state appearances, hasn’t added to that total since 2006. It’s the longest drought the school has endured since missing out on state six straight seasons at the turn of the 21st century (1998-2003).
Curtis 51, at Emerald Ridge 6: Vikings’ quarterback Scott Wismer wasted no time getting the offense rolling after a two-day delay from the lightning-suspended opener Thursday.
He fired a pair of long touchdowns right off the bat — a 60-yard pass to Carter McKay and a 78-yard pass to Jayson Williams as Curtis cruised to victory at Sparks Stadium. Wismer completed 7 of 14 passes for 259 yards.
Wilson 32, at Decatur 20: The Gators returned from the lightning-suspended game at Memorial Stadium in Seattle and scored a pair of quick touchdowns right before halftime — the last one on Devin Brown’s 15-yard run with 1:15 to go set up by an onside kick.
But after halftime, it was all Isaiah Simpson for the Rams, who scored on three big runs (35, 13, 89) to give the Narrows 3A school a come-from-behind win.
At Cascade Christian 21, Cashmere 3: The third-ranked Cougars avenged a shutout loss last season to the 1A Caribou Trail champions, riding Hunter Austin’s two short touchdown runs in the second half to defeat the No. 5 Bulldogs at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Charles Wright Academy 28, at Forks 17: Surviving a slow start, the Tarriers rallied behind sophomore quarterback Henry Cheney in winning a late-scheduled game at Aberdeen High School.
Cheney’s 25-yard touchdown scamper with one minute remaining in the third quarter gave the defending Nisqually 1A champion Charles Wright the lead for good, 21-17. Desmond Jones later added a 10-yard scoring run with four minutes to go.
Cheney passed for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and added 69 rushing yards.
At Vashon 50, Orcas Island 14: Quarterbacks Nick Amundsen and Sam Schoenberg combined for five touchdowns, and Kelvin Goliday won in his coaching debut with the Pirates.The News Tribune staff contributed to this report