Olympus wasn’t expecting to continually march up and down the field against rival Skyline on Friday night.
What the Titans hoped for — and got — were a few big plays offensively.
Storylines Olympus 21, Skyline 0The Titans earn a share of the Region 7 title. They share it with Corner Canyon and Orem.
And the visitors got a bonus too: A stout defensive effort in a 21-0 blanking of the Eagles to eliminate Skyline from the playoffs.
"That’s our first shutout of the year, and what a great opponent to shut out," Titans coach Aaron Whitehead said. "We’d have to check with someone who teaches at Olympus to find out the last time we shut out Skyline."
Olympus secured a tie at the top of the Region 7 standings. Orem and Corner Canyon also have only one loss in region play, and the tie will be resolved at a 9 a.m. meeting Saturday at Corner Canyon.
"I felt we all had a part in it — everybody did something great that enabled us to get a shutout," said Olympus senior defensive end Jeff Faletoi, who recorded a pair of sacks, including one that forced a fumble. "I didn’t expect [to control them]. I expected them to play hard and for us to play hard. It was a good battle."
The score at halftime was only 7-0, a margin made possible when the Titans churned out a 12-play, 61-yard drive at the end of the first period and beginning of the second. The possession ended with a 1-yard run by Coleman Meier.
Skyline, which made its deepest foray into Olympus territory just before intermission, was hoping for a good start in the third period.
But what the Eagles got on the Titans’ first offensive play from scrimmage was a 33-yard run by Cooper Draper that moved the ball to the Skyline 20. Draper took it in from the 4 for a 14-0 advantage four plays later.
Draper, a senior, wasn’t done. When Olympus got the ball at its own 13 with 8 minutes, 21 seconds left in the game, Draper took a handoff from quarterback Chase Manning, cleared the left end of the line and ripped off an 87-yard TD run.
"We came into the second half knowing the halftime score didn’t matter," Manning said. "We feel we’ve been able to pound the ball against teams. We just decided that we’d keep it going."
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