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2014 prep football preview: SPSL 4A Northwest

After two magnificent seasons, Chico McClatcher has many wondering how much more to expect in his final campaign for Federal Way.


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THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS

Chico McClatcher

RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Sr., Federal Way

One of the state’s quickest, most explosive players finds endless ways into the end zone.

David Tiumalu

OL/LB, 6-1, 235, Sr., Federal Way

Heady, active player earned first-team honors both ways as a junior.

Brody Martinez

RB/DB, 5-10, 202, Sr., Beamer

League’s top returning rusher averaged nearly 8 yards per carry and 150 per game.

Jordan Jennings

TE/DE, 6-2, 226, Sr., Beamer

Relentless ball-seeker led his team in sacks as a junior.

Zach Grayson

RB, 6-2, 215, Sr., Jefferson

Another of his 1,000-yard seasons could help propel Raiders back to the playoffs.

Mason De La Cruz

QB, 6-1, 175, Soph., Jefferson

Showed his athleticism in varsity action as a frosh last season.

Jersiah Tafia

QB/DB, 6-1, 176, Sr., Mount Rainier

Former Evergreen QB is gifted athletically with a strong arm.

Shawn Mamon

WR/DB, 5-10, 175, Sr., Mount Rainier

Heady receiver runs crisp routes and has great hands.

Isaiah Diggs

WR, 5-5, 160, Sr., Decatur

Pint-size playmaker piled up more than 2,000 all-purpose yards last season.

Isaiah Hatch

QB, 5-8, 180, Sr., Decatur

Seasoned field general is a run-pass threat at all times.

THE STORY LINES

What will McClatcher do for an encore?

After two magnificent seasons, Chico McClatcher has many wondering how much more to expect in his final campaign for Federal Way. He piled up more than 2,500 all-purpose yards with 26 TDs in leading the Eagles to the Class 4A state semifinals last year and might have an even more expanded role this fall.

Beam me up

Beamer never finished higher than fourth in the SPSL South Division since joining in 2004 (tying for fourth with Graham-Kapowsin in 2010), but the Titans have tall expectations this year with nine starters back on offense and seven on defense.

Welcome back, Decatur

After four seasons in SPSL 3A, where they won only two league games, Decatur opted back up to 4A this year. The Gators last finished above .500 in league play in 2003.

THE CAN’T-MISS GAMES

Sept. 6: Union (Vancouver) vs. Federal Way, 6 p.m., Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

• Great season opener for teams both ranked in the AP top-10.

Oct. 10: Jefferson vs. Beamer, 7 p.m., Federal Way Memorial Stadium

• After a breakout season, can the Raiders ride the wave again?

Oct. 24: Federal Way vs. Beamer, 7 p.m., Federal Way Memorial Stadium

• This could be Beamer’s best team, but good enough for an upset?

COACHES POLL

Predicted order of finish in the SPSL 4A Northwest Division, based on a survey of league coaches, with 10 points for first-place vote, nine for second, etc. (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches not allowed to vote for their own teams and voted within their own division only.

School, 2013, Points (1st-place votes)

1. Federal Way, 10-3, 40 (4)

2. Beamer, 6-4, 37 (1)

3. Jefferson, 5-5, 33

4. (tie) Decatur, 1-9*,30

4. (tie) Mount Rainier, 0-10, 30

*Played in SPSL 3A last season

Sandy Ringer



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