HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 4A, 2A, 1B semifinal preview capsules

Craig Craker, Herald staff writerNovember 29, 2013 

Federal Way Eagles vs. Chiawana Riverhawks
Class 4A semifinal
Noon, Edgar Brown Stadium

: Federal Way 10-2, Chiawana 11-1
Last playoff appearance: Federal Way, 2012 (quarterfinals, lost to Camas 65-32); Chiawana, 2010 (quarterfinals, lost to Ferris 13-7).
Playoff history: Federal Way, 6-5 in 5 appearances (lost state title in 1976). Chiawana, 3-1 in 2 appearances (lost in quarterfinals, 2010).
Last week: Federal Way 41, Richland 34; Chiawana 56, Wenatchee 34
Up next: Plays Camas-Bellarmine Prep winner in championship
Players to watch: Federal Way, RB Chico McClatcher, 5-8, 166, jr. (158-1,494, 20 TD); QB Keenan Curran, 6-2, 185, sr. (138-1,514 rushing, 16 TD). Chiawana, RB Clifton Lozano, 5-7, 180, sr. (270-1,916, 23 TD); QB Joey Zamora, 6-2, 210, sr. (136-232-4—2,204, 24 TD); WR Dre Dorton 5-10, 160, jr. (36-561, 8 TD).
Radio: KONA 610 AM
Weather: 39 degrees, cloudy
Notes: The Eagles are in the semifinals for the first time since 1976, while the Riverhawks have never been in the semis. ... Federal Way’s defense forced five second-half turnovers against Richland and will need to do something similar to slow down a balanced Riverhawks offense that yes yet to be slowed down this season. ... The Eagles run the option and run it well. Curran gashed Richland last week. Chiawana is built to stop the run, featuring a strong front seven. ... McClatcher has gotten offers from UCLA, Washington and Washington State. Though small, he is extremely quick. ... Chiawana is a bit banged up. Running back Austin Urlacher is out for the playoffs with a broken leg. Wide receiver/defensive back Deion Singleton was relegated to defense only against Wenatchee because of a leg issue. Wide receiver/defensive back Dre Dorton appeared to get his bell rung on a late hit in the second half against Wenatchee and sat out the rest of the game. ... Chiawana will face its toughest test of the season to date, especially in the speed department. But the balance the Riverhawks feature on offense and their strong defense, which plays good assignment football led by Alex Weber at linebacker, likely will be too much for the Eagles.
Prediction: Chiawana 42, Federal Way 28

Tumwater Thunderbirds vs. Prosser Mustangs
Class 2A semifinals
3 p.m. Edgar Brown Stadium

: Tumwater 12-0, Prosser 9-3
Last playoff appearance: Tumwater, 2012 (championship, lost to Lynden 41-7). Prosser, 2012 (semifinals, lost to Tumwater 35-21).
Playoff history: Tumwater 40-18 in 25 appearances (won titles in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993 and 2010). Prosser, 45-21 in 26 appearances (won titles in 1992, 1993, 1999 and 2007).
Last week: Tumwater 45, White River 7; Prosser 41, Mark Morris 22
Up next: Plays Lynden-Ellensburg winner in championship
Players to watch: Prosser, RB Isaiah Sanders, 6-1, 168, jr. (116-711, 6 TD); QB Mason Schutt, 6-5, 211, sr. (190-355-10—2,802, 36 TD); WR Cardell Jones, 6-0, 168, jr. (47-1,087, 17 TD). Tumwater, RB Christian Cummings, sr.. (165-1,618, 28 TD); WR/RB Easton Trakel, soph. (26-604 receiving, 2 TD; 52-447 rushing, 6 TD); QB Jayden Croft, sr. (65-124-2—1,196, 9 TD).
Weather: 43 degrees, cloudy
Notes: Cummings was the Evergreen Conference co-MVP and the Olympian newspaper’s all-area player of the year. He has 30 touchdowns on the season, and is closing in on the team’s single-season rushing touchdown mark. He needs three more scores on the ground to break Kyle Warner’s record set in 2010. ... Trakel is a big-time playmaker and has been key for Tumwater the last five games. ... The Thunderbirds feature an extremely quick defense, perhaps they’ve had in their rich history. ... Nick Foerstel and LB Trevor Davis have seven sacks each. ... The Mustangs have defied all expectations this season, advancing to the semifinals for a third consecutive year despite having just six seniors. ... Wide receiver Jones had five touchdowns in the quarterfinal victory — four through the air and one on the ground. ... Prosser is playing its best ball of the season and will need a very strong effort today to advance to the title game for the first time since 2008.
Prediction: Tumwater 35, Prosser 28

Touchet Indians vs. Rosalia Spartans
Class 1B semifinals
6 p.m., Edgar Brown Stadium

: Touchet (11-1) vs. Rosalia (9-2)
Last playoff appearance: Touchet, 2012 (quarterfinals, lost 44-38 to Cusick). Rosalia, 1997 (quarterfinals, lost to Colton 40-36).
Playoff history: Touchet, 21-13 in 17 appearances (won titles in 1979, 1994, 1998 and 1999). Roalia, 7-7 in 8 appearances (lost title in 1985).
Last week: Touchet 36, Wilbur/Creston 14; Rosalia 76, Colton 32
Up next: Plays Neah Bay-Lummi Nation winner in championship
Players to watch: Touchet, QB Elias Martinez, sr.; RB Edgar Rincon, sr.; RB Colter McKeown, jr.; LB Ruben Butler, sr. Rosalia, RB Craig Nelson; RB Clay Shelton.
Weather: 38 degrees, cloudy
Notes: The Indians hammered the Spartans 54-14 in Week 3. ... Touchet spreads the load on offense, using quarterback Elias Martinez, running backs Edgar Rincon and Colter McKeown amongst others to move the ball. ... The Indians success this season, though, has come on the backs of its defense. According to The A&B Football Report’s Dave Tuengel, McKeown has six interceptions, while Butler leads the team in sacks and Colton Goble leads the team in tackles. ... Rosalia running back Nelson is the key for a team that rushed for a whopping 805 yards in the win over Colton last week. ... The Spartans split up with Tekoa-Oakesdale over the summer, ending a long-standing cooperative agreement. ... Rosalia then played an indepent schedule and caught teams a bit off guard during this playoff run. ... The Spartans are a big, physical team that will challenge Touchet at times.
Prediction: Touchet 58, Rosalia 28

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