Federal Way shocks No. 2 Skyline with comeback win, 26-20

November 19, 2013

By Kaelyn Sayles

Don’t call this an upset. Federal Way won’t let you.

After No. 6 Federal Way beat two-time defending champion No. 2 Skyline, 26-20, in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Nov. 15, players clad in blue and white jumped around, screaming, “This is not an upset!”

The Eagles never showed fear against a team many expected to make a run at the state title again this year. Federal Way had different expectations.

The game at Skyline was lights out. Literally.

With just over two minutes left in the game, Federal Way was up 26-20, and Skyline had the ball on its own 18 after a Federal Way fumble.

Then, the lights went out and the field went black.

But Federal Way maintained composure, forcing a turnover with 45 seconds left to seal the shocking victory.

Eagles quarterback Keenan Curran finished with 144 yards rushing on 16 carries and two touchdowns. That made up for Skyline’s ability to stop running back Chico McClatcher in the first half, limiting him to 40 yards rushing on 11 carries. Skyline led 14-0 at the half.

But Curran helped keep McClatcher’s head in the game, talking to him at halftime, reminding him that they had to stay in the game.

McClatcher found some more running room in the second half — or he made more running room — finishing with 254 yards rushing on 24 carries and a touchdown.

Federal Way finished with 439 yards total offense — all rushing. Skyline finished with 341 yards total in a balanced offense.

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