Huard-less Lancers win anyway
By Tim Clinton
What do you do when you lose the No. 1-ranked pocket passer in the nation in lefty Sam Huard to University of Washington spring football?
If you are the Kennedy Catholic Lancers you find a new recipe for success and down a decent Federal Way Eagles team by a 47-13 score.
"It was a little different," said Lancers head coach Sheldon Cross, whose team improved to 4-0 with the win on a sunny spring Saturday.
Cross heaped praise on his team's defense as well as on an offensive line that protected new sophomore quarterback Mason Hayes and paved the way for a 210-yard, three touchdown game by senior running back Leland Ward.
"Ward had a great game," Cross said.
Ward started off the scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run with 5:52 remaining on the first quarter clock.
He struck again on a 15-yard run at 3:20 to play in the quarter, slicing his way through the line of a Federal Way team that found itself as the visitor on its home turf at Federal Way Memorial.
The Eagles cut the lead to 13-6 at the 2:06 mark on a 44-yard pass from Tyler Ma'alona to Ja'Tavious Magee.
Sophomore linebacker Xe'Ree Alexander came through with a big interception for the Lancers with 7:14 to play in the second quarter, returning it 36 yards for a touchdown and a 19-6 advantage.
"That really got us going," Cross said.
Hayes found one of Huard's favorite targets -- Junior Alexander -- for a 31-yard score at 3:06. Hayes ran for a two point conversion and it was 27-6.
Alexander hauled in a 2-yard Hayes pass nine seconds before halftime for a touchdown and a 33-6 lead.
Ward ran for a 6-yard touchdown at the 10:47 mark of the third quarter and Donovan Lowe ran for a 14-yard score at 5:23.
Federal Way got the last word in with 2:03 left in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run by Corey Quinn.
The Lancers visit Kentridge at 6 p.m. Thursday at French Field.