What looked like might be a rout for Todd Beamer early turned in to a hard-fought 24-21 NPSL 4A Olympic Division victory over Federal Way on Friday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
The Titans scored the first 14 points of the game thanks to touchdown runs of 9 and 23 yards by sophomore Esau Fonua, but Federal Way stormed back with two touchdowns of its own to tie the score at 14 at halftime.
Beamer got the lead back on its second possession of the third quarter. The Titans’ seven-play, 38-yard drive was capped off by junior Colin McKay’s 10-yard touchdown run.
The Eagles tied the game again in the fourth quarter on an 88-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Gabe Togia to sophomore Trey Davis. It was the biggest play of the game for either side.
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With the score tied at 21, Beamer did what it had done for most of the contest. The Titans grinded it out with their running game and ran time off the clock setting up a 28-yard field goal for senior Dylan Alley with 4 minutes, 49 seconds to play. Alley split the uprights to give his team a 24-21 lead.
“We just got (Alley) off the soccer team in June,” Todd Beamer head coach Darren McKay said. “We’ve always had pretty good kickers. We went through the first couple days of spring practice and we were like, ‘We’ve got to go invade the soccer team.’
“He’s never been in that situation.”
The Titans were led by junior running back Kuma Scanlan, who finished with 112 yards rushing on 27 carries.
“He’s our inside guy,” McKay said. “He would have been trading off with (quarterback) Desmond (Nelton). He started at quarterback for us all last year. He smashed his hand in preseason. Those guys are our leading tacklers too, Desmond and Kuma.”
Federal Way had a chance to drive for a potential tying or winning score, but Togia went 0 for 4 on his final four passes of the game, including an interception by senior Jayshayn Ware that secured the win for the Titans.
The game was marred by two serious injuries.
Todd Beamer senior Jireh Tuimagala suffered a severe ankle injury in the first half, while Federal Way senior Jaeger Steckler suffered a neck injury in the second half. Both players were transported to a local hospital.
The game was delayed by over 20 minutes in each instance.
McKay said Tuimagala appeared to have multiple fractures or a dislocation in his ankle. Steckler was moving on the field before being transported to the hospital.