Blink and you’ll miss him. If you don’t hit him squarely, he will bounced outside. Hesitate for a split second and he’s already in the end zone for six points.
Federal Way junior halfback Chico McClatcher — and the entire Eagles offense — has speed and quickness to burn.
The electric McClatcher scored three touchdowns — one rushing, one receiving and another on special teams — and Federal Way’s quick-strike offense was in top form as the sixth-ranked Eagles defeated the Puyallup Vikings, 49-25, on Friday in an SPSL South battle at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
“I can score from everywhere,” said McClatcher, who finished with 303 all-purpose yards on just seven touches. “That’s all I have to say.”
There wasn’t much more to say as McClatcher answered Puyallup’s opening touchdown by taking a screen pass from Keenan Curran 63 yards for a score. After the Vikings tied the score at 14 midway through the second quarter, the shifty McClatcher took the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown, zigzagging through the defense and putting Puyallup defenders on their heels.
But McClatcher wasn’t the only playmaker. Curran switched positions from quarterback to receiver on the final play of the first half and hauled in a 45-yard pass from D’Jimon Jones to give Federal Way (4-1) a 28-17 lead at the half.
The Eagles ran 18 offensive plays to get their 28 points.
The scoring continued in the second half, as McClatcher took the opening handoff off left tackle, cut to the middle, and exploded down the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown run.
“He’s just explosive,” Eagles coach John Meagher said. “He’s got the ability to make people miss like I’ve never seen at the high school level.”
Brendan Illies passed for 387 yards and three touchdowns for Puyallup (3-2), but was sacked four times and threw one interception. Vikings receiver DJ Winter had seven catches for 199 yards and two TDs.