Olympic football coach Keith Wilkes likes the way his team is playing heading into SoMeck 8 conference play.
Friday night, the Trojans went on the road and easily beat East Mecklenburg 35-8. It was the team’s second straight win after opening the season with two losses.
In those losses, the Trojans scored a combined seven points. The team has scored 70 points total in the past two games.
“My thing is, I just want to keep improving each week,” said Wilkes, who is in his first year leading Olympic (2-2). “Now they’re starting to see what we’ve been teaching them really works if they come out and execute. ...
“We’ve been playing really great defense all year, now hopefully the offense is now catching up.”
Olympic quarterback Jeremiah Dorsey was 7 of 11 for 124 yards and a touchdown. Three Trojans backs had at least 50 yards rushing, led by Marquis Robinson, who had nine carries for 64 yards and a score.
The Trojans scored three touchdowns in the first half to take a 21-0 lead.
Dorsey connected with Juwan Frazier for a 48-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game.
Trey Gowan (eight carries, 31 yards) added rushing touchdowns of 3 and 15 yards in the second quarter. The second score was set up by a blocked punt by Robinson.
The Trojans also scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns on runs of 15 yards by Dorsey and 22 yards by Robinson.
The East Mecklenburg (1-4) offense didn’t score until late in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles’ first points came from a safety midway through the third quarter when Olympic was called for holding in the end zone. The play was set up by a Raphael Bikal punt that pinned the Trojans on the 2.
Olympic’s defense held East Mecklenburg, coached by former Olympic coach Barry Shuford, to 171 yards of total offense. Trojans defensive back Ryan Reese picked off two passes from East Meck freshman quarterback Kahlil Gilliam.
A large chunk of East Meck’s total yardage came on a 65-yard touchdown run by Bryon Collins with 2 minutes, 34 seconds left.
Wilkes hopes his team continues to improve against conference rival Providence High next week.
“The main thing is just trying to get better each week now,” Wilkes said. “The real stuff is getting ready to happen next week. ... We definitely want to have momentum going into the conference.”