It was supposed to be a rivalry football game. It quickly turned into a record-setting night by Federal Way’s Chico McClatcher.
By the time it was over, McClatcher ran for a South Puget Sound League record 397 yards and the Eagles rolled over Decatur, 70-24, at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
“He’s a difference maker,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said of his senior running back.
The story Friday for the Eagles, as it so often has been, was McClatcher. On 19 carries, McClatcher rushed for five touchdowns, scoring on runs of 50, 65 and 40 yards in the second quarter alone.
The speedy running back put a bow on the effort midway through the third quarter with his fifth score, a 74-yard touchdown scamper.
His 397 yards eclipsed the mark by Federal Way’s Victor Williams, who ran for 391 yards vs. Bethel in 2005.
In a display of dominance and big plays, the Eagles scored touchdowns on three of the four plays they ran in the third quarter, including a 44-yard run by sophomore quarterback D’Jimon Jones. Jones also threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Ben Koler in the game.
In the fourth quarter, sophomore Chris Williams returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown.
“We had some things going offensively, and figured some things out defensively,” said Meagher.
“We’re playing better. We’re still not where we want to be, obviously, midway through the season, but it’s feeling pretty good.”
For Decatur, senior Isaiah Diggs filled in admirably for the injured Isaiah Hatch, providing the bulk of the Gators’ offensive production. The 5-foot-3 workhorse totaled over 200 yards and three scores on the ground, and added another 120 through the air.
After two losses to difficult nonleaguge opponents to open the year, the win moved the Eagles to 3-2.