The Edmonds-Woodway football team hosts Federal Way this Friday night for the right to advance to the first round of the 16-team state high school 4A playoffs.
What: Federal Way (7-2) at Edmonds Woodway (8-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
Where: Edmonds Stadium, 212th and 76th ave W, Edmonds
Broadcast: Streamed live on the Sound Live Sports Network, SoundLiveSportsNetwork.com with pre-game at 7:20 p.m.
At stake: A berth into the 4A State football playoffs. The winner travels to either Jefferson or Skyline next weekend.
Federal Way strengths: The Eagles are going to score points. In their wins, they have averaged 47 points per game. They have been held to only 14 points a game when they’ve lost.
Eagles key players: RB/DB/KR Chico McClatcher. The junior has scored 24 touchdowns in nearly every possible way, including receiving, rushing, kick returns and interception returns. QB/WR /DB Keenan Curran. The senior has over 2,000 yards of total offense and also is considered one of the best defensive backs in the state.
Edmonds-Woodway strengths: The Warriors run the ball well and have also added an aerial attack of late. The offense is averaging just under 40 points and has scored at least 20 points in every game. The defense, in spite of last week’s loss — the only of the season — to Lake Stevens, is still giving up under 20 points a game.
Warriors key players: The whole offense, led by the offensive line of Zach Willis, Zac Hollek, Travis Bakken, Haedyn McGrath and Will Siegal, has paved the way for RB Junior Opoku-Mensah (1,453 yards, 21 TDs) and FB Mac McLachlan (474 yards, 7 TDs. ) QB Davis Giles has thrown for almost 1,400 yards, with three main targets: Jason Smarr (503 yards, 6 TDs) Scott Myricks (336 yards, 6 TDs) and Theo Lebesis (210 yards, 4 TDs). Bakken and Lebesis, along with Antonio Sherrill, anchor the defensive line for the Warriors, with McLachlan leading the linebacking crew that also includes Brandon Hohengarten, Willis and Nick Venema. The defensive backfield features Andrew Mahoney-Fernandez, Connor McCole, Nick Morales and Chantz Justice. Kicker Ebrima Fatty has been perfect on extra points this season.
— By Jeff Smarr