All three area football teams get first-round wins
November 19, 2008
By Christopher Huber
Skyline extends win streak to 25 with 49-6 romp over Federal Way
Those who follow the undefeated Skyline High School football team know it has strong blockers, speedy kick returners and nearly uncoverable wide receivers. The now 8-3 Federal Way Eagles can vouch for that.
Skyline used all of the above, and then some, to defeat the visiting Federal Way 49-6 in the first round of the state Class 4A tournament at Skyline Stadium Nov. 14.
The game in front of a packed crowd was a typical round-of-16 contest. Federal Way came with a plan to use Washington State-bound running back Andre Barrington to pound away at the Skyline defense and keep the Spartan offense off the field. Skyline came in with a passing game second to none and knew it had to contain Barrington.
“We just called the right plays and Jake (Heaps) made good throws,” sophomore receiver Kasen Williams said after the game.
Williams caught four touchdown passes from quarterback Heaps.
Federal Way showed promise from the onset. The Eagle offense employed the 6 feet 2 inch, 207-pound Barrington often to drive deep into Skyline territory. The Skyline defense forced a field goal and the Eagles led 3-0 in the first.
That didn’t matter. The Spartans marched 93 yards on its first possession and scored on a 14-yard screen-pass play from Heaps to Gino Simone to go up 7-3.
Although it led, Skyline spent the first quarter adjusting to the forceful Barrington.
“We played defense like we played all year: contain the playmakers,” said Skyline junior linebacker Tommy Aarts. “We got to ‘em as a team. They bellied up a bit and we kept the heat on them.
“They put him at every position,” he added of Barrington, “but we designed our defense to contain him as much as possible.”
Skyline scored twice more in the second on lengthy, but efficient drives of 74 and 46 yards respectively. The first was capped by a 30-yard Heaps-to-Williams pass.
The second touchdown came after Skyline recovered a Federal Way fumble and Heaps eventually found Williams again for a 7-yard toss into the end zone.
The Eagles came out hopeful for a comeback in the third. The Eagles trailed just 21-6 at the half, but were still in it.
Simone killed any optimism when he returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
Skyline led 28-6 and things only got worse for Federal Way. Two minutes later, Skyline’s Jordan Weil intercepted a Federal Way pass, which led to another Heaps-Williams connection, this time on a one-on-one slant pass in the end zone.
“They’re a good football team and they took advantage of all our mistakes,” Federal Way head coach John Meagher said as he walked off the field.
Williams got his fourth touchdown of the night after the Eagles fumbled the Skyline kickoff. As the Federal Way defense had a tough time covering him, Williams slipped into the end zone for an easy 6-yard score.
The Eagles lost 21 yards in the third while Skyline produced 128.
When it was all said and done, the rough-and-tough Skyline defense held Barrington to just 66 yards on 17 carries.
Simone caught four passes for 46 yards and Williams had five receptions for 59 yards. Spartan running back Joey Evans surpassed the century mark with 105 yards on 15 carries. Skyline totaled 319 yards of offense and kept Federal Way at bay with just 189, 70 of which was through the air.
Skyline (11-0) will host Auburn (11-0) in the quarterfinals match Nov. 22.
Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392-6434, ext. 242, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.