And just enough of Alex Everson’s pinpoint passing.
With four of Everson’s seven pass attempts going for touchdowns, Capital defeated Olympia, 49-28, in the Spaghetti Bowl on Friday, snapping the Bears’ five-game win streak in the series.
Sundberg, a shifty, 195-pound senior tailback, rushed for a school-record 304 yards on 40 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per carry. He scored touchdowns on runs of 6 and 13 yards before 5,000 fans at a packed Ingersoll Stadium.
Everson completed 6 of 7 passes for 131 yards. In two games, Everson has seven touchdown passes.
Capital now leads the all-time series with the Bears, 19-15.
Capital finished with 481 yards of total offense, rushing for 350 yards on 52 attempts. Olympia rushed for 193 yards and passed for 177.
Olympia jumped out to a 14-7 lead on two touchdown runs by Spenser Killman. But the Cougars reeled off 21 unanswered points.
On third-and-goal from the 1 early in the third quarter, Everson faked a handoff inside to Sundberg then lofted a perfectly thrown rainbow pass to Jay Maiava for a touchdown and a 28-14 lead. There was 5:41 left in the third quarter.
Olympia quarterback Trevor Houser then broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown run, closing the gap to 28-21. But Capital scored the next two touchdowns on Sundberg’s 6-yard run and Everson’s 72-yard touchdown pass to Jourdan Weiks.
On the opening possession, the Bears drove 55 yards to Capital’s 25. On fourth-and-11, Houser was under pressure and overthrew his receiver, David Poe intercepting at the 9. Three plays later, Sundberg punted from the end zone and Olympia had good field position at the Cougars’ 35.
Seven plays later, Killman scored on a 1-yard run on second-and-goal, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead with 4:32 left in the first quarter.
Late in the first quarter, Capital tied it 7-7 on Maiava’s 2-yard run up the middle. Maiava appeared to be stopped, but the 5-foot-11, 220-pound fullback kept pushing the pile. In that 65-yard scoring drive, Sundberg rushed for 45 yards, popping loose for gains of 29 and 14 yards on the first two plays.
Capital’s first two touchdowns drives went for 65 and 66 yards.
Trailing 34-21 early in the fourth quarter, Olympia’s Nate Slosson ran for a 36-yard touchdown on a draw. But holding brought the play back, and the drive stalled.
Capital players will wear “CMB” on their helmets this season in honor of “greatest fan,” Charley Beers. The 6-year-old girl died June 28 after short illness. The cap she always wore to games will be carried by a Cougar player prior to the game.
“She and her family were always a huge supporter of Capital sports,” said Brian Vandiver, a friend of the family.