Friday Night Lights - Kentridge at Fed. Way

With the recent commitments of Federal Way RB Andre Barrington to Washington State and LB Andru Pulu to Washington, I thought I would go take in the Eagles' game on Friday night against Kentridge at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. To say I was impressed with both is an understatement.

Federal Way blitzed, ran past and basically had their way with the Kentridge offense and defense, but the Chargers actually had a chance late in the second quarter to draw within seven, but an interception in the endzone with six seconds left in the half and it was all Federal Way in the second half and the home team won 38-18 giving Federal Way a 2-1 record.

Here's a look at how some of the top players for both teams looked…

Federal Way LB Andru Pulu (2009): Washington got a solid commit in Pulu who was a one-man wrecking crew for the Eagles. He was all over the place and unofficiailly had over 15 tackles, two sacks, caused two fumbles and generally spent as much time in the Kentridge backfield as Chargers QB Brandon Reiter. Because of the way the Federal Way coaching staff lines Pulu up he gets a five yard running start and he just destroys lead blockers. There were several plays that Pulu didn't actually register a tackle, but he still managed to blow up the play by blasting through the hole and taking up three blockers, allowing his teammates to make the play. Washington definitely got a good one in Pulu.

Federal Way RB Andre Barrington (2009): The Cougar commit is a nice-looking athlete who saw his first significant time in the backfield for the Eagles. He started both ways, playing both halfback and safety for Federal Way, but he made his biggest impact on offense. He rarely went down with first contact and he turned a nifty screen-pass into an 80-yard touchdown with his outstanding open field running. I was also surprised how well he ran between the tackles. For a kid who is a really good basketball player, I expected someone who would be more of a finesse-type, but he ran over several Kentridge defenders on his way to his other score, a 14-yard run up the middle. I had Barrington with about 75 yards on the ground and he also had the one catch. He does need to work on ball-security a little, since his fumble led to Kentridge's first touchdown when LB Devin Topps picked it up and rumbled 30 yards for the score. Barrington is very shifty and with his soft hands and outstanding athleticism, he might even make a better receiver than a running back in the Cougars' offense.

Other Federal Way players to watch: DE Jaren Sio (2010); RB/LB George Williams (2010); OL/DL Garrett Townsend (2010); OL/DL Paul Packer (2011).

Kentridge OL/DL Jaden Cox (2009): Cox is a big, good-looking athlete who had a solid game for the Chargers. He played guard on offense and defensive end on defense. He's the player responsible for causing Barrington's fumble that led to Kentridge's first touchdown. On the play he kept his feet by using his hands to keep the defender off his legs and then stripped the ball from Barrington. On offense, whenever he wasn't in, Federal Way blew up every inside run. When he was in, Kentridge got more of a push and they were able to keep Pulu somewhat in check, although he still made plenty of plays. Cox, who I think looks better on defense, looks like he could be a borderline D-1 guy, but he would be dominant in the Big Sky with the likes of Eastern Washington or Portland State and I know the PSU coaches were showing him plenty of attention when he attended their camp last summer.

Kentridge RB/LB Devin Topps (2010): Topps is an impressive looking athlete. He honestly was the Chargers' main threat on offense. Alex Ferguson is the better known ball-carrier, but when Topps had the ball in his hands – which wasn't enough in my opinion – he always seemed to have enough burst to get outside and to make the first man miss. Defensively is where Topps seems to be destined at the next level and he was solid for Kentridge on that side. He played linebacker, rotating inside and outside, and he accounted for, unofficially, seven tackles and he also had a sack as well as a forced fumble. I would have liked to see him wrap up better when he came up to support the run, but that is something that can be taught. Where he'll really excel is when he can roam and read a play and then use his explosive speed to make the play. I see him ending up at as a SAM or WIL at the next level.

Other Kentridge players to watch: OT Austin Robinson (2010); DE/OL Dylan Zylstra (2010); OL Russell Turpin (2009); RB Alex Ferguson (2009); WR/S Jason Didis (2010).


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