OLYMPIA — The Olympia Bears know this wasn’t the prettiest of football games.
Too many first-half penalties and a nearly non-existent third quarter offensively.
But Cedar Frost and his Bears teammates got what they wanted: a victory – 20-6 over cross-town rival Capital in the 37th Spaghetti Bowl at Ingersoll Stadium on Friday night.
“We got the trophy back,” Frost said.
Frost had a team-high 61 rushing yards on 13 carries, and also gave the Bears a bit more breathing room with his fourth quarter 13-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown that led to the final score. It came after a lackluster third quarter in which both teams combined for 22 plays and five punts.
The story, though, was the Bears’ defense, which Frost described as “amazing.”
“We’re just stacked,” he said.
One week after allowing fewer than 100 yards of total offense in a 7-6 loss to Class 6A Lake Oswego of Oregon, the Bears (1-1) limited Capital (0-2) to nine plays of negative or zero yards and a pair of sacks.
“Our defense, again, bent a little bit,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said, “but didn’t break. They’re doing great. We’re hopefully going to keep getting better.”
And on Friday night, the offense found a better rhythm than a week ago.
Olympia led 14-6 at halftime, getting a 7-yard touchdown catch from Mitch Fettig and a 15-yard touchdown run by Caden Waggoner. Fettig was quarterback Derrick Becker’s favorite target in the first half, completing all four of his passes to the 6-foot, 180-pound wideout. Fettig also had a fumble recovery and a kick-off return of 50 yards, while Becker was 7-for-15 passing for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
It was Fettig’s 18-yard catch on fourth-and-7 that kept the Bears’ drive alive, and the following play, Waggoner went into the endzone nearly untouched for the team’s second touchdown.
Beattie said afterward penalties were an issue that needs to be cleaned up. Five of the Bears' penalties came in the first half for 40 yards. A 15-yard facemask penalty gave Capital a fresh set of downs inside 9 minutes to play in the first half at the Olympia 25 on its only scoring drive of the first half. Five plays after the penalty, Ryan Rieta, who had a game-high 92 yards on 21 carries, bulldozed his way into the endzone to pull the Cougars within 7-6.
For the Cougars, being 0-2 after two games is nothing new. In 2011, the team started 0-2, yet advanced to the Class 3A state quarterfinals. Next Saturday’s game at Bothell marks the third straight Class 4A opponent before 2A Evergreen Conference play begins against Tumwater.
Olympia pulled within three games of Capital all-time in the Spaghetti Bowl, 20-17.