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.
RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Sr., Federal Way
One of the state’s quickest, most explosive players finds endless ways into the end zone.
OL/LB, 6-1, 235, Sr., Federal Way
Heady, active player earned first-team honors both ways as a junior.
RB/DB, 5-10, 202, Sr., Beamer
League’s top returning rusher averaged nearly 8 yards per carry and 150 per game.
TE/DE, 6-2, 226, Sr., Beamer
Relentless ball-seeker led his team in sacks as a junior.
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.
QB/DB, 6-1, 176, Sr., Mount Rainier
Former Evergreen QB is gifted athletically with a strong arm.
WR/DB, 5-10, 175, Sr., Mount Rainier
Heady receiver runs crisp routes and has great hands.
WR, 5-5, 160, Sr., Decatur
Pint-size playmaker piled up more than 2,000 all-purpose yards last season.
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?
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