Olympic used a strong start and physical running from Trojans running back Isaac Garcia to knock off Ardrey Kell on the road Friday night.
After giving up 16 first-half points, Olympic’s defense stiffened down the stretch, limiting the Knights to six second-half points as the Trojans turned a three-point first-half deficit into a 34-22 victory that spoiled Ardrey Kell’s homecoming game Friday night.
Olympic scored first when quarterback Rod Tinsley hooked up with Darrius Means for a 46-yard touchdown, but trailed 16-13 in the second quarter after Ardrey Kell running back Bonte Freeman bulled into the end zone from a yard out.
The Trojans responded quickly in the two-minute drill and led 20-16 at the break following another touchdown strike from Tinsley to Means, this one from 16 yards out.
Garcia, who did most of his damage after contact, took over after halftime, picking up all but 30 of his 126 yards in the second half.
“In practice we have a drill called ‘Resist The Run,’” Garcia said.
“One person holds another person while they run for extra yardage. It just helps me out, and it showed on the field today.”
The senior running back stretched the Trojans’ lead to 27-16 on a bruising 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
“The run I liked best was the touchdown run,” Olympic coach Barry Shuford said. “He [Garcia] drug two into the end zone. That was a great run. As far as running the football, we did well tonight.”
Ardrey Kell, however, did not go away quietly. The Knights forced punts on Olympic’s next two possessions and cut the lead to 27-22 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Austin Pires hit wide receiver Trey Ellis streaking down the sideline for a 74-yard bomb.
Following another defensive stop, the Knights began a potential go-ahead drive with less than six minutes remaining. But a fumble in the backfield by Pires quickly extinguished the threat.
Olympic linebacker Nigel Louallen recovered the loose ball, and just two plays later, Trojans running back Juwan Frazier delivered the knockout punch on a 27-yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach at 34-22.
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