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Prep football: Light outage ends Olympus at Cottonwood game early

Published August 23, 2013 10:32 pm

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Murray • Given football's heightened attention to player safety, the decision to suspend Friday's season opener between Olympus and Cottonwood was an easy decision.

It's also understandable that the players and coaches wanted to stay and play.

A power outage left Cottonwood's four light towers at about 50 percent of luminosity, which led game officials and school administrators to call the game with Olympus leading 14-8 with 2 minutes, 51 seconds to play in the second quarter.

"I understand the liability, but the bottom line is we prepared all summer, and win, lose or draw, you want to play a full game," Olympus coach Aaron Whitehead said. "We were making adjustments in the locker room, and it was a joy kill when the officials came in and said the game's over."

Cottonwood coach Greg Croshaw declined to comment but was visibly upset by the decision. He did confirm that he attempted to plead his case, but the officials told him the decision was made because of concerns for player safety.

The game isn't expected to be resumed.

It's the second season opener in three years to be suspended because of a power outage. In 2011, Davis' trip to Brighton ended early when the lights failed to come on at halftime.

Officials sent the teams to the locker room for halftime with time still remaining in the second quarter in hopes that power to the lights would be restored during the 15-minute intermission.

Olympus senior quarterback Chase Manning completed all six of his pass attempts for 61 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown to Taylor Ellis to put the Titans ahead 14-0 in the second quarter.

Olympus' Connor Haller intercepted a Gerber Tevita pass on the game's second offensive play, and the Titans covered 79 yards on seven plays, capped by Coleman Meier's 7-yard run.

Cottonwood's touchdown was scored by Malu Hosea on a 5-yard run. —