Chico McClatcher led No. 9 Federal Way to claim the South Puget Sound League Northwest championship on Friday night in a 35-7 victory over crosstown rival Todd Beamer.
McClatcher, who finished with 293 rushing yards on 13 carries and 326 total yards, had three touchdowns and must have seemed unstoppable to the Titans of Todd Beamer (3-1, 6-2), breaking four plays of 50 yards or more. In total, Federal Way combined for 341 yards on the ground.
“We’re lucky to have him,” Federal Way head coach John Meagher said of McClatcher. “He’s a great kid as well. We’re just lucky that we have Chico, and he’s a special kid to me and my wife. We love him.”
With the decisive victory, Federal Way (4-0, 6-2) also clinches the all-important city title, which is now possible with all four Federal Way schools back in the same conference.
“It’s a big win,” Meagher said. “It’s the city championship. It’s premier for us. Since I’ve been here, we’ve always have made a big deal out of the city championship. It’s very cool we actually can have a city championship again. It puts us in a good place in the postseason as wellm and secures the third SPSL title in four years. It was a big game.”
Despite the 28-point final margin on the scoreboard, it was much closer than that in the first half, as both teams traded touchdowns and went into the locker room all tied at seven.
“We weren’t getting any breaks in the first half,” Meagher said. “We had a turnover. Everything was there. We had a busted coverage that caused their touchdown. It felt like our defense was good. It wasn’t time to panic. We just wanted to come out and do what we do in the second half and that worked out.”
For Beamer in the loss, the Titans combined for 177 yards between six ball carriers. Junior running back Isaiah Lard led the way with 65 yards on 7 carries.