Trojans ‘o’ so close

With both teams coming off big losses, something had to give. Unfortunately for the Olympic Trojans, it was them as South Kitsap remained undefeated against Oly with a narrow 14-10 victory last Friday at Silverdale Stadium.

In a game that went back and forth, momentum shifted about as often as possession of the ball. Despite their ability to move the ball downfield, both teams squandered opportunities to put the game away.

Oly (2-4, 1-3) came out with solid offense, scoring on their first drive and ensuring they would not get shut out for a third consecutive week. The Wolves (2-4, 2-2) made timely defensive plays when needed, picking off Trojan quarterback Jeff Olson three times, improving the state’s fourth-worst Class 4A defense heading in. SK also got a huge day on the ground from senior Anthony Galloway, whose explosive speed up the middle and ability to take defenders with him earned him 243 yards and a score on 33 carries. He also had a six-yard reception.

Olympic coach Carlton Cooper said his team was disappointed by its third-straight loss.

“I’m hurt right now,” Cooper said. “We’ll get over it and try to reconstruct everything. We’ll start at square one again with this one. We had our chances going in on that last drive.”

Down 14-10 with about 8:30 left in the fourth quarter, the Trojans made a huge defensive play to force an SK fumble. Junior defensive lineman Jon Quinn recovered the ball on their own 12-yard line. With plenty of time remaining, Oly played solid ball control football, navigating the field down to the South Kitsap 47 behind a strong running attack of Tyrone Taylor and Reagan Logova. After a 14-yard reception by Xavier Mancha and a 15-yard penalty on SK, Oly found themselves all the way down on the Wolves’ 22-yard line.

Olson rolled to his right out of the snap on second down, and although he had room to run to at least the five, he tried to connect with Mancha in the middle of the end-zone, only to be intercepted by senior Wolves defensive back Dylan Pierce with just under three minutes left.

“It was just a matter of trying to do too much,” Cooper said. “But hey, things happen.”

Taylor and Logova each had 14 carries for 45 and 49 yards, respectively. Mancha led all receivers in the game with three catches for 61 yards and a score. Kicker Greg Ford had the Trojans’ lone field goal. For the Wolves, junior quarterback Kyle Pease managed his teams’ second score, taking one in from 4 yards out.

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