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Olympus explodes for 21 points in opening quarter en route to victory over rival Skyline

Olympus dives on a ball during its rivalry game against Skyline on Oct. 15, 2021. Olympus would win the game 27-7.

Olympus dives on a ball during its rivalry game against Skyline on Oct. 15, 2021. Olympus would win the game 27-7. (Caleb Brown, @cbreezesports)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Skyline has not beaten its rival Olympus since 2017, and it's going to be a little longer until that streak ends.

Coming into Friday night's matchup between the two rivals, the Eagles looked to have the edge with impressive wins over East and Park City. It was only a matter of time until Skyline could recapture The Rock from the Titans.

But Olympus had other plans.

The Titans came out hot and rattled off 21 first-quarter points on their way to a 27-7 victory over Skyline. The Rock stays put for now.

"We played with a lot of passion on both sides of the ball tonight, and I'm proud of this group," Olympus head coach Aaron Whitehead said. "We knew they turned off the lights every time they scored, so our motto coming into tonight was keep the lights on and our guys did that for most of the night."

Whitehead credited the team's success to the game plan created by defensive coordinator Brandon Burt, who has been with Whitehead for 11 years.

"He's a master at his craft and our defense keeps getting better and better," Whitehead said.

Olympus opened up the game with a five-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown the Titans faithful won't soon forget.

Quarterback Seth Roberts hit receiver Sam Green for what looked to be a simple pitch and catch, but out of nowhere came offensive lineman Sam Bodily. Green and Bodily executed the hook and latter perfectly, which allowed the big man to streak down the sideline untouched for the 37-yard touchdown.

Bodily traditionally starts for the Titans at linebacker, but an injury shifted him over guard.

"We worked on that all week in practice and Bodily is our fastest linemen," Green said. "I play rugby, so it was fun to throw a little rugby pitch for the score."

Green continued to make his presence known when he forced a fumble with his shoulder on a tackle on the Eagles' first possession of the game.

The turnover set the Titans up on Skyline's 25-yard line. On the opening first play of the drive, Roberts hit tight end Anthony Olsen on the outside, who then proceeded to toss the Eagles defender out of his way before running it in for a 24-yard touchdown.

Olympus tight end Anthony Olsen makes a one-handed catch during its rivalry game against Skyline on Oct. 15, 2021. Olympus would win the game 27-7.
Olympus tight end Anthony Olsen makes a one-handed catch during its rivalry game against Skyline on Oct. 15, 2021. Olympus would win the game 27-7. (Photo: Caleb Brown, @cbreezesports)

On defense, Olsen recorded two sacks and numerous quarterback pressures as defensive end and made one of the best catches of the high school season. The 6-foot-4 tight end leapt up for an incredible one-handed catch.

"It was a 10-yard out and at first I thought the ball was going over my head," Olsen said. "I jumped up and I don't know, it just stuck to my hand, and I was able to snag it."

The spectacular catch set up Roberts' 24-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Sherwood, who ran right through the heart of the Eagles secondary to cap off the 21-point first quarter.

The Titans found the end zone one last time on the night, this time in the second quarter, after a poor Skyline punt gave Olympus good field position. Roberts scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown several plays later, but a missed PAT gave the Olympus a 27-0 lead at the halftime break.

Skyline's only score of the night came in the fourth quarter as star receiver Austin Okerwa pulled down a ball between defenders.

The two rivals will await their postseason fate with the release of the 5A state tournament bracket Saturday morning.

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