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Olympus trucks through Springville to stay perfect on way to semifinals

By Jeff Thomas | Updated - Nov. 3, 2018 at 10:28 a.m. | Posted - Nov. 2, 2018 at 10:28 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Olympus Titans ran all over the Springville Red Devils and only passed the ball once in the second half to win 28-3 and improve to 12-0 on the year.

The Titans starting quarterback Jackson Frank was injured after being sacked with only 17-seconds left in the first half. Since the backup quarterback was injured a couple weeks back, the Titans turned to senior running back Jack Hollberg to take over the quarterbacking duties.

“I knew I was going to be the next guy up and just had to be ready to go,” Hollberg said. “I grew up playing quarterback and I’ve had some experience in the past running this offense so I felt comfortable with it.”

Springville started the game with a very promising 20-play drive that lasted 9 minutes. But the drive ended in disappointing fashion for the Red Devils when they got into the red zone and allowed a sack and three straight penalties. The Red Devils had to settle for a 42-yard field goal off the foot of their senior Brodie Taylor.

That would be Springville’s only score in a game of constant mistakes that doomed the Red Devils.

On the ensuing drive, Olympus running back Chase Bennion ripped off a 32-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter. To start the second quarter, the Red Devils were punting out of their own end zone and it was blocked and recovered by the Titans to make it 14-3.

Springville had one more shot to score as the first half was winding down but fumbled the ball on a pitch just 7 yards from the end zone. The Titans recovered the fumble, ending any hope for Springville to get in the end zone in the first half.

The second half was all Olympus as Bennion rushed for two more touchdowns and, combined with Hollberg, ran all over Springville who had no answer in the loss.

The Red Devil’s only shot at scoring in the second half was another field goal attempt that was blocked.

Olympus advances to the semifinals that will be played at Rice-Eccles Stadium, but it remains to be seen if they will have their starting quarterback.

“We hope to have our quarterback back for next week, but we are excited,” Hollberg noted. “This is what you play for, to go play up at Rice-Eccles, and it’s a surreal feeling.”

A battle of unbeatens will take place at Rice-Eccles Friday at 2:30 p.m. as undefeated Olympus will meet up with undefeated Corner Canyon.

Jeff Thomas

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