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VIKINGS BEAT FEDERAL WAY 63-21, HEAD TO OREGON
Jayden Limar: 23-202-4 TD...Top-ranked Lake Stevens heads to West Lynn, OR this week for a matchup with that state's top upper division team
Vikings beat Federal Way 63-21 at Lake last Friday night, a warmup for this Friday's trip to West Linn. a big-school Oregon power.
Though Lake as expected eventually took down Federal Way by a multi-touchdown margin, the Eagles struck first, capitalizing on a Viking botched handoff, recovered by the Eagles on the Viking 26 on the game's second play. FW scored on its fourth play, quarterback Jake O'Neil's 23-yard pass to Dre Jordan. Cadence Reas added the PAT. 7-0 FW at 10:34.
Lake methodically dampened the visitors' enthusiasm by scoring 21 points in each of the game's first two quarters to lead by 42-7 at the half, as follows:
Lake's first play after falling behind was Jayden Limar's 37-yard dash, setting up Kaden LaPlaunt's 27-yard TD pass to Cassidy Bolong-Banks, the latter making nifty moves avoiding several would-be tacklers. Macray Flanders' PAT tied it at 7-7 at 9:04 of the first quarter.
Bolong-Banks scored again on a sizzling 41-yard reverse at 4:33 of the first. That score came after Jayden Limar was denied a 40-yard TD sweep, called back by a Viking holding penalty. Nonetheless, he finished the game with 202 net yards in 23 carries, including 4 touchdowns. 14-7.
Lake's third TD of the quarter came with 20 seconds left, on Jayden Limar's three-yard run. 21-7.
Lake's three second quarter touchdowns launched when Joe McGinnis scooped up an Eagle fumble at the line of scrimmage and romped 48 yards untouched to paydirt. Next came Jayden Limar's 10 yard TD in which he literally front flipped into the end zone! Rounding out the first half blowout was the latter's 20-yard scoring run.
The second half proved to be a mixed bag for Lake, seemingly at times losing focus, leading to a Federal Way mini-rally.
Eagles' faint hopes were fanned by a pair of touchdowns in less than five minutes. Receiving the kickoff, FW's O'Neil connected on three quick passes, the third a 60-yard scoring bomb to Rahshawn Clark. And, shortly after that, following the Eagles' block of Flander' 39-yard field goal try, it took O'Neil just two tosses, 31 yards to Austin May and 30 yards to Jordan for a TD which brought Lake's lead down to 42-21 at 7:20 of the second quarter. During that span O'Neil was five-for-seven for 132 yards and two TDs.
Lake revived via its punishing ground game to outscore the Eagles 21-0 the rest of the way.
Lake's lone third quarter TD was furnished by Jayden Limar's four-yard run at 4:44.
Reserves played much of the fourth quarter for Lake which featured Viking rushing TDs by Talha Rai of one yard (capping off his 10 carries for 73 yards) and Esteban Sedano's 29-yard score (four carries for 48 yards overall).