Prep football • Bobcats' big plays spell the difference vs. Titans
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Holladay • Much like Olympus High itself, the Titans and visiting Sky View were football teams under construction during Friday's season opener.
The Bobcats, though, proved to be faster builders scoring a pair of touchdowns on two plays from scrimmage totaling 175 yards in a 21-14 victory. Sky View also scored on a fumble return after a reception.
"It was not an easy game, but we fought to the end," Bobcats coach Craig Anhder said. "We knew we could get big plays, but we do want to see more consistency. It's always better to win, but we've got a lot of work to do. You have more determination after a loss and we've got to maintain a determination ourselves."
Despite being outgained statistically, Sky View took a 21-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Olympus led in first downs (11-3), number of plays (38-16) and had just one less total yard than Sky View yet still trailed 13-0 at halftime. The Bobcat defense registered six sacks in the first half alone along with an interception.
One play after the interception, Daniel Lemon scored on a 90-yard reception in the second quarter. Following a turnover on downs, Sky View struck again but not without controversy. Skyler Hunt caught a pass across the middle before fumbling the ball, only to be picked up and scored by Lemon on a 59-yard run.
"That was very questionable," Olympus coach Aaron Whitehead said. "They said [Hunt] took two full steps and had control of the ball. I had a field view, but I'd still like to look at the film.
"We controlled the game but dropped two big touchdown passes that were drive killers, " Whitehead added. "We get those and we win the game."
Hunt's 85-yard run put Sky View ahead 21-0 before Olympus cut the lead to 21-14 with 1:26 remaining. Jake Jones plunged in from a yard out, but the drive took 17 plays and a lot of clock to complete.
"I'm proud of the way our guys finished," Whitehead said. "Our defense played lights-out. I'm very excited about this year."
Hunt rushed for 179 yards on 15 carries and Braxton Godderidge completed 8 of 14 passes for 149 yards 105 to Lemon for the Bobcats.
"I can't say enough about Olympus," Anhder said. "They battled right to the end. They did a fabulous job and played very well."
Jones rushed for 116 yards on 19 carries to lead Olympus, while Anthony Schoenfeld added 73 yards on 18 carries. Corbin Anderson threw for 110 yards.