EDMONDS – Chico McClatcher and Keenan Curran can’t be touched — well, they can, but stopping them is a completely different story.
The run game proved key for No. 8 Federal Way in a 37-20 round-of-32 win over No. 9 Edmonds-Woodway on Friday night at Edmonds Stadium.
Federal Way was held to 111 yards total offense in the first half despite holding a 20-14 lead, while Edmonds-Woodway got just a little more with 173 yards total offense.
Federal Way ended with 296 yards total offense — 262 of it rushing, including 178 from quarterback Keenan Curran on 14 carries.
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“We knew we had to come in here in a hostile territory and fight,” Curran said. “We knew it was going to be a war, so we came in here amped up, and this means a lot.”
Federal Way visits Skyline next Friday at 7:30 in the first round of the state playoffs.
In the first half, it was dynamic Federal Way running back McClatcher that gave the Eagles the edge they needed.
While McClatcher had 62 yards rushing on 16 carries, those stats were deceiving.
After Edmonds-Woodway’s own explosive weapon, Junior Opoku-Mensah, scored on a five-yard run halfway into the first quarter, McClatcher responded.
McClatcher is a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t player.
On the ensuing kickoff — which McClatcher dropped and swiftly picked back up — the elusive back took off for 84 yards and a touchdown.
McClatcher also had a 58-yard punt return in the second quarter, setting up another Eagles touchdown just two plays later.
“We had a really rough special-teams performance last week, and the guys really stepped up this week,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said. “Special teams, I think, kind of made the difference tonight.”
Curran finished with two touchdowns on the ground