Olympia seizes opportunities, drops Timberline, 34-7

Staff writerSeptember 20, 2013 

Olympia High passed for 42 yards on its first play from scrimmage. Timberline High fumbled the ball away on its first play.

It was a theme that played out, with variations apparent only in the details, in a 34-7 non-league Olympia victory at Ingersoll Stadium.

The Bears, crisp and opportunistic, scored on their first four possessions of the first half. Timberline, tripped by a nightmare red-zone performance, had three straight promising drives end inside the Olympia 20 – once by a fourth-down failure, and twice by interceptions.

Olympia quarterback Derrick Becker completed 11 of 13 passes for 250 yards and three first-half touchdowns, four in all, as the Bears went up 27-0 by halftime. Timberline rolled up 176 first-half yards and had no points to show for it, finishing with 323 yards, including 197 on the ground.

“This was the best offensive game we’ve had,” Timberline coach Nick Mullen said. “Turnovers we can fix.”

After the long completion to Mitch Fettig to open the game, Becker found Fettig for a 4-yard touchdown to close a nine-play, 73-yard march. The Becker-Fettig duo clicked for a 13-yard TD on the next Bears possession. Fettig finished with 5 catches for 130 yards.

Senior running back Caden Waggoner blasted straight up the middle from 17 yards out for the Bears’ third score of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Becker hooked up with senior Cooper Murphy for a 24-yard scoring strike.

The score would bloom to 34-0 in the second half on Becker’s third TD throw to the versatile Fettig, this one from 38 yards away.

“Derrick put on a pretty good display tonight,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said.

Timberline finally found the scoreboard in the third quarter.

Junior quarterback Gabe Gutierrez engineered a 72-yard, 13-play Blazers drive, with Gutierrez converting on a 4th-and-1 play to keep the drive alive. Jeff Winstead carried in from the 2 for the score.

Later, a 10-play Timberline march would end with an interception in the end zone. Two of Olympia’s four interceptions were by Collin Courter, and the others came from Dave Woodward and Randy Jones.

Gutierrez was 12-of-32 passing for 126 yards. The hard-running Andrew Paquin rushed 21 times for 113 yards, including six carries for 50 yards on a first-quarter Blazers drive that eventually went for naught.

The Blazers open 3A Narrows League play next against Wilson.

“The main focus was on not quitting,” Mullen said, “no matter what happens.”

Beattie knew he’d been in a game.

“They battled the whole game,” said Beattie, whose Bears open 4A Narrows League play next week at Stadium. “Coach Mullen’s teams always come to play.”

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