OLYMPIA — The Olympia Bears could only play the game in front of them.
They couldn’t be on other fields against other teams with playoff hopes in the 4A Narrows League. By every measure, the Bears gave their full attention to the Yelm Tornados, scoring touchdowns on their first six possessions on the way to a 48-10 victory at Ingersoll Stadium.
On those other fields, losses by either Bellarmine Prep or Central Kitsap would have allowed Olympia to claim the No. 3 Narrows playoff spot. Neither came to pass, with Central Kitsap topping South Kitsap, 28-14, and Bellarmine Prep trouncing Gig Harbor, 59-14.
“We’re playing great football right now,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said, before hearing the final score from the Central Kitsap game. “We’re just hoping for some luck.”
Olympia (6-3 overall, 4-2 Narrows) fell earlier in the season to CK and Gig Harbor, which left them needing help Friday night.
“You can’t go back and play those games,” Beattie said.
In the game the Bears could play, senior quarterback Derrick Becker compiled 333 yards of total offense and passed for four touchdowns. The Bear defense limited Yelm to a field goal and one late touchdown.
Olympia opened the scoring on a tidy four-play, 80-yard drive after the opening kickoff. Derrick Becker’s 46-yard pass to Mitch Fettig set the stage for Cedar Frost’s 19-yard scoring run.
Becker and Fettig clicked again on a 34-yard scoring play on the Bears’ next possession following a Tornado punt.
The Bears had a short field again after a poor Yelm punt, and Becker immediately found Cooper Murphy for 37 yards to the Tornado 4. Two plays later, Becker connected with a wide-open Murphy for a 2-yard TD pass.
Murphy’s interception and return of a Quentin Buck pass put the Bears at the Yelm 25. After a facemask call on the Tornados, Becker tossed his third TD pass of the first quarter, this one a 7-yarder to Braeden Neal, who got a toe down on the left boundary of the end zone.
Four Olympia possessions, 28 points, and the Bears weren’t out of the first quarter.
The machine didn’t gear down much in the second period. After another Yelm punt, Tate Steele carried over from the 1 to cap a short march. The Bears went up 42-0 on a 20-yard scoring run by Frost.
Just before halftime, the Tornados put together their best drive, marching to the Bear 7 before being derailed by a sack of Buck by sophomore Logan Pine. Yelm settled for a 33-yard field goal by sophomore Vernon Parker to end the first half.
The score bloomed to 48-3 on a 25-yard scoring pass from Becker to Caden Waggoner early in the fourth quarter.
Yelm took advantage of a fumbled punt by Olympia late in the game. From the Olympia 19, senior Aaron Rivera carried 18 yards to the 1 and then packed it into the end zone from there.
For the Tornados (3-6), the season ended on a losing note.
“We’re young and still learning,” first-year coach Jason Ronquillo said. “The most important thing, as coaches, is effort and behavior. The X’s and O’s take time. We’ll just keep getting better.”