The Olympic Trojans used a stingy and opportunistic defense plus enough plays on offense to get their first win of the season 21-6 over visiting Hopewell at Dave Johnson Stadium on Friday night.
Olympic started quickly, intercepting Hopewell quarterback Tre Faison on the Titans’ first offensive play, then scoring two plays later on a 43 yard run by Romaine Lyons on a sweep to the left.
Lyons scored late in the second quarter on a similar play, a sweep to the left for an 11-yard scoring run and a 14-0 lead which would be the halftime score.
Hopewell had the ball three times in the game in the red zone only to come up empty, twice on fumbles inside the five and once on an interception.
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Hopewell committed five turnovers, while Olympic struggled to hold onto the ball as well, losing four fumbles on the night.
Quote: “We’re coming around but we have to do a better job taking care of the ball,” Olympic coach Keith Wilkes said. “I thought our defense and special teams did a real good job overall tonight but if we keep coughing the ball up we’re going to struggle.”
Records: Olympic (1-2) gets its first win of the season while Hopewell drops to 1-3.
Worth mentioning: Olympic’s Marquis Robinson carried the ball 19 times for 126 yards, while Lyons accounted for 138 total yards (69 each running and receiving) and two touchdowns.
Thursday’s storms knocked the scoreboard out at Dave Johnson Stadium and school officials were unable to get it going, so the clock was kept on the field the entire game and messages were sent to the press box with updated time.
Late in the third quarter following a Juwan Frazier touchdown run for Olympic, Hopewell defensive lineman Dion Rivers was ejected for fighting after he threw a punch at an Olympic offensive lineman.
What’s Next: Hopewell will travel to Davie County while Olympic will play at Porter Ridge.