Prep football: Olympus beats Skyline 27-9
When Skyline took the opening drive for a score, then converted an Olympus turnover into a field goal and a nine-point lead just minutes into their Region 7 showdown, the Titans looked about as gloomy as Friday's weather.
Trailing by two at the half, the Titans put together a punishing, 13-play scoring drive that gave them their first lead of the night, and set the tone for a 27-9 win and a share of the Region 7 championship.
"The offensive line had an awesome game," said Olympus quarterback Corbin Anderson, who was part of all four touchdowns, two via the run and two via the pass.
Despite a driving rainstorm at kickoff, Skyline's option looked like a well-oiled machine with quarterback Tyler Snyder giving the Eagles a 6-0 lead after 6-yard touchdown run.
On the Titans' third play from scrimmage, Anderson coughed up the ball while running from pressure. Skyline recovered that loose ball and converted a 31-yard field goal from Stuart Barrett.
"We went into the half and I told the guys you weathered the storm," said Olympus coach Aaron Whitehead. "It all starts with the offensive line and those guys played like Titans tonight."
It wasn't just dominance by an offense that scored 27 unanswered points, but also a defense that took a few possessions to adjust to the Skyline offense but held the Eagles without a second-half first down until the 5-minute mark of the fourth. Defensive back Spencer Williams picked off two Eagle passes, and defensive lineman Matt Steffensen led a ferocious assault on Skyline's running attack.
"It took us a few series to adjust, but after we figured it out, we just played tough football," said Steffenson.
The effort of his team that has won five of six was not lost on Whitehead.
"Corbin has really matured and everyone on the offense played great," said Whitehead. "Our defense bent a little bit tonight, but we got it together and I just love these guys."