OLYMPIA — At this stage of 4A Narrows League play, and at the midway point of the 2013 season, Olympia High School football coach Bill Beattie was just happy his Bears found a way to win, especially because their next three games are against teams with a combined 12-3 record.
A 28-21 win over South Kitsap on Saturday at Ingersoll Stadium stretched the Bears’ winning streak to four games.
Olympia is one of only three unbeatens in 4A Narrows — Bellarmine Prep and Gig Harbor are the others — with three playoff berths at stake.
“Sometimes,” Beattie said, “it’s not always going to be pretty, but we’ll take the win every time.”
Headlining Olympia’s season thus far has been its defense, which hadn’t given up more than one touchdown in any of its previous four games. While the Bears allowed a season-high 21 points to South Kitsap (1-4 overall, 0-3 4A Narrows), two of the Wolves’ touchdowns came on plays of 85 yards or more.
The Bell brothers — Terro and Corey — accounted for all three South Kitsap touchdowns, but two came on long runs to end the first half and begin the second.
Olympia (4-1, 2-0) had a 21-point lead in the final minute of the first half, looking to head into the locker room with a first-half shutout. But Terro Bell had an 86-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds to go.
The first play of the second half was Corey Bell’s 94-yard kickoff return to cut the Wolves’ deficit to 21-14.
Terro Bell finished with 120 yards on 14 carries.
South Kitsap, which hasn’t won since beating Kentridge, 40-0, on Sept. 5, has had trouble stopping the run in its previous losses. Part of the Bears’ game plan was not only to capitalize on that with a strong ground game, but also to take to the air.
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