The Olympia Bears don’t just want a playoff game, they want a home playoff game.
“We don’t want to look up here and think, ‘This is our last (home) game,’” senior receiver Collin Courter said. “We want to play as many as we possibly can.”
On Senior Night and in the Bears’ final regular-season game at Ingersoll Stadium, they inched closer to hosting a Week 10 district crossover game following a 21-14 win over co-4A Narrows League leader Bellarmine Prep on Friday night.
Already guaranteed a top-four finish and a Week 10 playoff game, Bellarmine (6-2, 5-1) hosts league-leader Gig Harbor with a chance to win the league’s No. 1 seed with a win combined with a Olympia loss to Yelm (1-4 league).
Matt Ogard’s 26-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second half’s third place gave Bellarmine a 14-6 advantage, but Olympia scored 15 unanswered in the win.
Courter’s 32-yard touchdown pass from Kaden Wilson tiptoeing down the right sidelines was the go-ahead score with 4 minutes, 2 seconds left in the game, a possession created off a Bellarmine turnover.
Soggy conditions led to almost 90 combined running plays between the two teams, and played a part in three bad snaps for the Lions (6-2, 4-1) — two on punts, and one on Matt Philichi’s 35-yard field goal attempt a possession earlier that led to favorable Olympia field position each time.
The bad snap on the field goal attempt led to Olympia’s eventual game-winning drive starting at its own 48.
Olympia scored the game’s final two touchdowns. Wilson found Clay Markoff for a 3-yard score, and then was on the receiving end of a trick-play two-point conversion with a pass from backup quarterback Jack Bell that tied the game at 14-all in the third.
Both of Bellarmine’s scores came courtesy of Ogard, who finished with four catches for 75 yards. His 18-yard touchdown reception gave the Lions a 7-6 lead at halftime. Running back Nathan Goltermann-Doyle had 72 yards on 17 carries, but sat out much of the second half. He returned with 3:48 remaining in the game for his first carry of the second half, a 2-yard run after Olympia took its 21-14 lead. Ahmad Lewis got the bulk of the second-half carries (16 carries, 59 yards).