When you can get Graham-Kapowsin football coach Eric Kurle to think about his glory days in the South Puget Sound League South Division, with those feared and talented Bethel High teams he had, that is saying something.
And this Graham-Kapowsin team — one that has beaten the top two SPSL South contenders in Curtis and now No. 2 Federal Way in the span of six days — draws apt comparison.
Behind four touchdown runs by tailback Teague James, and a stifling, sure-tackling defense, seventh-ranked Graham-Kapowsin walloped Federal Way, 39-21, on Thursday night at Art Crate Field.
Not only did Federal Way’s 19-game divisional winning streak
come to an end, its two-year reign as SPSL South champion also is in serious jeopardy.
“That is a physical, well-coached team,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. “Hats off to them.”
No doubt, it was a complete effort by Graham-Kapowsin (3-0), and it started from the opening drive.
“We’ve got depth, and I think we are strong in most spots, and we don’t have a lot of weaknesses,” Kurle said.
Graham-Kapowsin went 62 yards on its first drive to take a 7-0 lead on James’ 1-yard touchdown plunge with 71/2 minutes to go in the first quarter.
Federal Way (2-1) got as far as the Graham-Kapowsin 30-yard line on its opening drive but stalled when G-K linebacker Scott Moss sacked quarterback Keenan Curran on third down.
After that, Graham-Kapowsin had back-to-back drives of 86 and 64 yards, both capped by James scoring runs, to grab a 19-0 lead with 3:51 left in the second quarter.
Federal Way just couldn’t spring Curran and tailback Chico McClatcher, who had a field day on long-gaining touchdowns in the Graham-Kapowsin game a year ago.
“Our kids bottled them up as best as we could,” Kurle said. “We flew to the ball, and that is what I thought our quickness would be in this defense.”
McClatcher got Federal Way on the board with a 33-yard touchdown scamper with 2:42 left in the first half to cut it to 19-7.
Getting the ball to start the second half, Federal Way had a big opportunity to cut further into the deficit but went three-and-out to start the third quarter. Graham-Kapowsin then marched 62 yards with the drive ending on another James 1-yard touchdown run for a 26-7 advantage.
“We felt like we were in control,” James said. “Our offense was doing well. It was working. And the defense was phenomenal.”
James finished with 121 yards on 25 carries as Graham-Kapowsin racked up 426 yards of offense.
McClatcher ended up with 141 yards on eight carries, including an 83-yard touchdown scamper when the outcome was already decided. Curran added 90 yards on 11 carries.
Camas 69, Auburn Mountainview 24: After top-ranked Camas went three-and-out on its first possession, Auburn Mountainview (1-2) put together an 11-play, 64-yard drive and scored first when Gresch Jensen hit Joey Cassano with a 24-yard touchdown pass.
Then the Camas (3-0) offense exploded for 34 second-quarter points and never looked back at Auburn Memorial Field.
Camas’ Reilly Hennessey, an Eastern Washington commit, threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns.Contributing writer Tyler Hemstreet contributed to this report. Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/preps @ManyHatsMilles