The Olympic Trojans fine-tuned their high-powered offense Friday and cruised to a 49-6 win against the East Mecklenburg Eagles at the Trojans’ temporary home field, Waddell School.
The Trojans built a 29-0 first-quarter lead and led 42-0 at halftime.
Olympic quarterback Rod Tinsley factored in on four of the Trojans’ seven touchdowns, throwing for three while adding a 43-yard rushing touchdown.
Senior running back Issac Garcia was the workhorse, especially in the first half. Garcia finished with 134 yards on 14 carries, with 122 yards coming in the first half. With a big lead, Garcia and the starters played only the first series of the second half before heading to the sideline.
“Rod (Tinsley) has thrown the ball well for us all year,” Olympic coach Barry Shuford said. “It’s a shame we run the ball sometimes so well that he doesn’t get a chance to throw the ball like he really can.”
Tinsley, however, said not throwing the ball a lot doesn’t matter to him.
“We came out here and we didn’t pass much but we were still able to get the win,” he said. “No matter if we’re running the ball or passing the ball, we still want to win.”
In all, Olympic rolled up 457 yards of total offense. On the defensive side, the Trojans forced four East Meck turnovers including three interceptions. Brenden Manivong turned one of those interceptions into a 31-yard return for a score late in the first quarter.
Olympic (3-1) took the ball down the field and scored on its opening drive. Tinsley capped the eight-play, 61-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Darius Means.
Later in the quarter Means, the Trojans’ top receiver, and East Meck’s TJ Elliott were ejected following a brief scuffle. The Eagles also lost senior wide receiver Dez Covington to what was believed to be an arm injury late in the first half.
East Meck (0-5) had one bright spot in the second half when quarterback David Allen tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Darius Myers. The Eagles’ Bokar Diaby also had six catches for 115 yards.
Olympic hosts Providence next Friday at Waddell.
“It’s going to be a good game, and our first conference game,” Shuford said. “It’s going to be Time Warner Cable’s ‘Game of the Week,’ so it’s going to be a big deal for our kids.”
Things don’t get any easier for East Meck as the Eagles travel to Independence .
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