Rory Spillum carried 34 times for 118 yards and Meadowdale took advantage of five Lakes turnovers in earning a 24-0 victory in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at Edmonds Stadium on Friday night.
Lakes lost starting quarterback Nick Webster to a knee injury on the second possession of the game and never could mount a consistent attack in his absence. Meadowdale scored all 24 points in the first half - with 17 points coming off Lakes’ turnovers.
“When you create turnovers it just makes it really hard (for the other team),” Meadowdale coach Mike Don said. “When the quarterback went down and they had to play other kids it kind of caused some more turnovers to happen, especially when they were throwing into the wind.”
Webster was intercepted by Josiah Evans on the Lancers’ opening possession and Brett Schafer converted a 34-yard field goal to give Meadowdale the early 3-0 lead.
Webster went down on the first play of the ensuing drive. He broke free for a 46-yard run up the sideline but was knocked out-of-bounds. Webster couldn’t put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the sideline.
“That’s the heart and soul of our team. It really sent our kids for a loop and we were reeling,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “It’s a big loss for us to lose him. He’s a huge leader for us and a big part of what we do.”
Miller said it was a “serious” knee injury for Webster. Lakes had five different players take snaps at quarterback Friday night.
A fumbled exchange between Caleb Lyons and Kemonee Jenkins was recovered by Marzel Simmons for Lakes’ second turnover in as many possessions. Malik Braxton scored from 1-yard out to increase the lead to 10-0.
Jeremiah Evans scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to take a 17-0 lead.
Federal Way 26, at Skyline 20: Chico McClatcher succinctly said what others will be thinking.
“We shocked the state,” the Eagles’ tailback said.
Indeed, Federal Way did, ending the Spartans’ two-year reign as Class 4A state champion in Sammamish.
But nobody around this SPSL South program would call it upset. Players and coaches just didn’t believe that.
“I told them at the end, and I told them all week long, we’re not going to call this an upset,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said.
Federal Way will host Richland in next week’s 4A quarterfinals.
Trailing 20-13 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles tallied the final two touchdowns – the first on quarterback Keenan Curran’s 17-yard scamper, and the game-winner on McClatcher’s 67-yard gallop with 41/2 minutes to go.
Federal Way got the football back, but fumbled deep in Skyline territory with 2:07 remaining.
Then the stadium lights went out. And players from both teams stood still on the dark field, shocked.
Once the lights came back on, the Spartans never seriously threatened for the game-winning score –and Federal Way ended their final drive by stopping them on fourth-and-25.
McClatcher finished with 254 rushing yards on 24 carries. Curran chipped in with 144. All of the Eagles’ 439 yards were on the ground.
“I’m on top of the world right now,” said Curran, who finished with 144 yards on 16 carries. “I’m ecstatically proud of these guys.”
King’s 28, at Tenino 14: The night started with a pre-game power outage at Tiger Stadium in Centralia – and it ended with the Beavers’ season gone dark.
The Knights scored three touchdowns in a nine-minute span in the second quarter, including two on short runs by senior tailback Chris Yand, to seize control of this Class 1A first round game.
The Beavers tied it 7-7 with 8:51 to go in the first half on quarterback Calvin Guzman’s 10-yard touchdown keeper. But King’s answered in just 45 seconds, capped by Yand’s 5-yard scoring scamper, to regain the lead, 14-7.
And after a Tenino turnover, Yand took it in from 2 yards for a Knights’ 21-7 lead with 2:58 remaining.
King’s (9-2) will meet the Cascade Christian-Montesano winner in next week’s state quarterfinals.
Other News Tribune news services contributed to this report