FOOTBALL: Jefferson, DelaCruz pull upset win over Auburn; Eagles pound Beamer

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders picked up an unexpected victory Thursday night over the Auburn Trojans in South Puget Sound League North Division action, 26-23.

The Raiders tallied the final 14 points of the game at Auburn Memorial Stadium to improve to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the SPSL North.

Trailing 23-12 entering the fourth quarter, Jefferson senior quarterback Niko DelaCruz connected on a 51-yard scoring strike to Phillip Cuadros to tighten the game to 23-18. DelaCruz scored the game-winning touchdown with just 46 seconds remaining in the game on a 1-yard run. He added the two-point conversion to finalize the score.

Jefferson jumped on top of the Trojans (4-2) on a 35-yard pass from DelaCruz to James Fitch in the first quarter. The Raiders missed the extra-point to go up 6-0.

Auburn then scored the next 16 points of the game to take a 16-6 halftime lead. Quarterback Brier Atkinson scored on a 2-yard run and Kieo Buchanan followed with a 3-yard touchdown run. Caden Borden added a 32-yard field goal just before halftime.

Jefferson junior running back Zach Grayson got things going in the second half by rumbling 64 yards for a touchdown to cut the Auburn lead to 16-12 after another failed extra-point attempt.

The Trojans came right back with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Atkinson to Dom Ecklund, which was followed by the fourth-quarter TJ scores from Cuadros and DelaCruz.

Jefferson will take on winless Mount Rainier Oct. 18 at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. A TJ victory will vault the Raiders right into the playoff mix in the SPSL North. Auburn Riverside and Kentwood sit on top of the division with matching 5-0 records. Jefferson, Auburn, Tahoma and Kent-Meridian all have two league losses entering this weekend's games.

At Federal Way 47, Beamer 28

After being tied at 14-14 at halftime, the sixth-ranked Eagles outscored the Titans, 33-14, in the second half to get the SPSL South victory Friday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

The Homecoming win moves the Eagles to 5-1 in league on the season and drops Beamer to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the SPSL South.

Federal Way was led again by junior running back Chico McClatcher, who finished with 317 all-purpose yards and five touchcowns.

The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Keenan Curran to Charlie Taumoepeau and a 105-yard interception return by McClatcher.

But Beamer fought back to tie the game on a 14-yard run by Brodie Martinez and a 6-yard pass from Taylor Davis to Christian Stafford.

It was all Federal Way after that. McClatcher opened the second half with a 7-yard touchdown run, Curran added a 31-yard run and McClatcher rambled 84 yards early in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles a commanding 34-14 lead. McClatcher added a 63-yard run and an 89-yard fumble return to finish out the scoring for the Eagles.

Beamer got two fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 39-yard run by Martinez and a 12-yard run by Jason Vaafuti.

Federal Way will travel to Spanaway Lake Friday night to take on the Sentinels and Beamer will host Emerald Ridge Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Bonney Lake 38, Decatur 19

The Gators led by six points at halftime Thursday night against the previously-winless Panthers at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. But Bonney Lake finished the game by scoring the final 31 points to drop the Gators to 1-5 on the season.

Decatur jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead in the first quarter, including a 69-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Isaiah Hatch to junior running back Isaiah Diggs on the third play. Diggs finished the game with 124 receiving yards and 113 rushing yards on the game. He also scored the Gators' final touchdown of the night on a 60-yard run with seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Bonney Lake's Robert Combs dominated the second half. The senior scored four touchdowns in the third quarter alone on an 85-yard kickoff return, a 41-yard pass, a 10-yard run and a 4-yard pass.

The Gators will travel to Purdy on Oct. 18 to take on the Peninsula Seahawks in another SPSL 3A Division game.

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