No. 2 Federal Way takes SPSL South title, beats Curtis, 35-6
Evan Elliott tossed four touchdown passes to key a 35-6 victory that gave Federal Way a second straight SPSL 4A South Division title.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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UNIVERSITY PLACE — Evan Elliott is the blue-collar guy on a glittery Federal Way football team.
And when the second-ranked Eagles needed a workmanlike performance Friday night at Curtis, the senior quarterback delivered. He tossed four touchdown passes to key a 35-6 victory that gave them a second straight South Puget Sound League 4A South Division title.
With top playmaker Chico McClatcher out sick, Elliott spread the wealth. Marcel Morris caught two of his TD tosses and the others went to Zeek McNeal and Mike Tate.
"It's just next man up for us," said Elliott, who was 9 for 17 for 182 yards with one interception — his first of the season.
McNeal also rushed for a touchdown and finished with 112 yards on 15 carries.
The Eagles (9-0, 8-0) simply had too many weapons for Curtis (7-2, 6-2), which could have earned a share of the title with a victory.
"We're blessed with a lot of talent and kids who can do special things with the ball," coach John Meagher said. "We just try to find different ways to get it to them."
The Eagles will open the playoffs against the No. 5 qualifier out of KingCo, which will be decided Saturday. Curtis is the No. 3 seed out of the SPSL South and will face Bothell.
Federal Way led just 14-6 after a sluggish first half, then scored on its first two possessions of the second half to take control.
It looked as though the Eagles would make quick work of the Vikings as they jumped ahead 14-0.
The second TD came after Rod Jones Jr. dropped E.J. Deveaux for a 5-yard loss on fourth-and-inches from the Curtis 41. Keenan Curran then capped a short drive with a 10-yard run out of the Wildcat.
The Vikings got on the board late in the second quarter after Myan English recovered a Federal Way fumble at the 29. On the next play, quarterback Scott Wismer found a wide-open Deveaux for the touchdown, but the PAT was blocked.
Curtis had a chance for more points just before halftime, but a drive stalled at the 19 and Jared Kingery's 36-yard field-goal try was blocked by Albert Havili.
The Federal Way defense pitched a shutout in the second half, coming up with three interceptions.