Game Story: Vikings Blast Federal Way 63-13; Look Ahead to Rematch with Oregon Champs
Top-ranked Lake Stevens moved to 3-0 ahead of a high profile home contest with West Linn of Oregon. The eventual OR 6A champ routed LS in West Linn last year. Plus: Stats, highlights.
It was no contest from the outset as Lake Stevens rolled past Federal Way 63-13 at Auburn Memorial Stadium last Friday.
The late afternoon game was played in Auburn High's spacious college-type stadium because Federal Way's home field is under renovation.
Jayshon Limar was a one-man wrecking crew for the Vikings, gaining 167 yards in 19 carries for a trio of touchdowns, to which he added a 24-yard scoring reception from Kolton Matson.
Matson was himself a scoring machine as he rushed four times for 46 yards and two touchdowns and completed 16 of 26 passes (no interceptions) for 206 yards and two TDs.
The game served as a warm-up for this Friday's home field battle with Oregon's West Linn which is, like Lake, its state's big school defending state champion. Lake has bitter memories of last season's thumping down in Oregon, Lake's most lopsided loss in decades.
Lake was ahead of Federal Way 35-0 at halftime, and had the Vikings put a quick TD on the board at the outset of the third quarter WIAA's ridiculous "running clock" rule would have been started and Viking JVs could have been inserted for the remainder of the game.
Lake nearly established that situation just before halftime but for one of the rare occasions in recent years a late touchdown drive fell short.
But Federal Way's dynamic wideout Austin May put the clock issue aside when he opened the second half with a wide-open 78-yard TD reception from quarterback Andy Cortez, cutting Lake's lead to 35-7.