Oly's in the mix; just ask Foss
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:38 PM
The Olympic High School football team had news for season-opening opponent Foss last Friday night: There's more to stopping the Trojans than stopping Jarrell Nelson.A lot more.The visiting Falcons weren't really able to contain the speedy Nelson in the nonleague game at Silverdale Stadium. He ran for 73 yards and caught passes for 118 more, and two touchdowns.While Nelson was operating on the outside and in the open field, though, the telling blows were being landed inside. The Trojans got 182 yards on 24 bruising between-the-tackles carries by fullback Steve Dillon and 93 more from Zach Curry en route to a 35-26 victory in the first full-game outing of the season for both teams.We got a lot inside, said Dillon, who also scored on touchdown runs of 18 and 1 yards. They keyed on Jarrell, but we like to mix it up. We hit the holes hard.Mixed up was how the Falcons looked by the end of the game, in which they yielded an unofficial 469 offensive yards to Oly's wing-T offense.Had it not been for a couple of first-half breakdowns by the Trojans - an interception on their first possession which Marcus Bailey ran back 36 yards for a score, and a 91-yard kickoff return TD by Kerry Williams - the final nine-point margin of victory might've been a lot wider.It also must've felt good to realize that, despite a passel of first-game bugs, the offense has some go and the defense has some whoa.The Trojans were a lot more adept at stopping themselves offensively than the Falcons were. They had five turnovers - two fumbles and three interceptions - and only one punt.The defense, however, negated most of the giveaways, intercepting four of Foss quarterback Kyle Young's passes. Oly also held the Falcons to less than 200 net yards and kept constant pressure on Young, led by 255-pound tackle Kevin Dick, who shredded Foss' offensive line and sacked Young three times.The Trojans had to survive a couple of early jolts, what with the early interception and kickoff returns for touchdowns dropping them into a 14-7 deficit.But they got a turnover of their own, Justin Wisdom picking off Young's pass, and drove 86 yards for the tying TD, Nelson scooting 52 yards with Jeff Shaw's screen pass with 6 minutes, 30 seconds left until halftime.From that point, the turnovers - and the game - were under control.Oly opened the second half with a 74-yard scoring drive, keyed by back-to-back runs of 36 and 21 yards by Dillon and Curry, respectively.The teams exchanged rapid-fire interceptions, but Troy got still another pick, this time Andre Nelson setting up his brother for a 49-yard score on another screen, this time thrown by starter Will Gratz.