“Phenomenal” is how Olympia High football coach Bill Beattie described his team’s defensive effort.
And why not? The Bears sacked Timberline quarterback Gabe Gutierrez four times and got interceptions on back-to-back drives.
Their special teams weren’t bad, either — a blocked punt that led to an offensive touchdown two plays later, plus a blocked point-after try on the Blazers’ only touchdown.
“It made it kind of fun,” Beattie said.
All of that led to Olympia’s 38-6 win over Timberline in the teams’ 4A Narrows League showdown Friday night at Ingersoll Stadium.
Between the big plays by the Bears’ special teams and defense, which held Timberline to 7 yards of total offense in the first half, the Olympia offense went to work.
Senior running back Isaiah Brooks gained 133 yards on 37 carries and scored three touchdowns as Olympia (3-1 overall, 2-0 4A Narrows) built a 35-6 halftime lead.
Bears quarterback Kaden Wilson accounted for two touchdowns — a 71-yard TD pass to Jacob Bradshaw, plus a 15-yarder on a quarterback keeper — and finished 11 for 15 for 165 yards.
Bradshaw finished with eight catches for a game-high 155 yards. Collin Courter added four catches for 28 yards.
“It was easy to make a read on those guys and hit Bradshaw in the corner all night,” Wilson said. “I had such a great time. The (offensive line) did such a great job protecting me.”
With Olympia’s lead at 21-0 following Wilson’s rushing touchdown with 3 minutes, 24 seconds before halftime, Timberline got a spark from Stevie Cleveland’s 90-yard kickoff return that pulled the Blazers (2-2, 1-1) within 21-6. It was one of three touchdowns scored within 38 seconds of game time. Bradshaw’s 71-yard TD catch came 22 seconds after Cleveland’s return.
On the first possession of the second half, it looked like Timberline’s offense had found its groove. The Blazers marched 51 yards in six plays and got inside the Olympia 20, but back-to-back sacks led to a turnover on downs.
For the sixth straight year, Olympia has started 2-0 in the 4A Narrows League. The Bears travel to Issaquah next Friday for a nonleague contest.
It’s a rough stretch of games, meanwhile, for the Blazers, who play the past two 4A Narrows League champions — Bellarmine and Gig Harbor — in their next two games.