Olympia knocks off Bellarmine, 28-10, to keep playoff hopes alive

Contributing writerOctober 25, 2013 

Cedar Frost’s running style is about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

Running between the tackles, the Olympia High School senior puts his head down and plows his way through the line, dragging whoever dares get in his path.

That was the scene time and time again on Friday at Memorial Field. It came when the Bears needed it most, playing to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Frost ran for 220 yards, Derrick Becker accounted for four touchdowns (three passing and one rushing) and visiting Olympia upset No. 8 Bellarmine, 28-10, in a 4A Narrows League game.

“We finally put a full game together. It feels great,” Frost said. “This was an entire team effort.”

Frost did most of the heavy lifting for Olympia’s offense with 31 carries.

“Cedar had a breakout game, and we needed it from him tonight,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said. “Cedar played incredible. The entire offense played great. This was easily our best game of the year. We played four great quarters against a very quality team.”

Olympia, which had lost two straight, jumps right back into the thick of the playoff hunt with a record of 5-3 overall and 3-2 in league.

Bellarmine (6-2, 4-1) can still wrap up its third consecutive league crown with a win next week against first-place Gig Harbor, which beat Yelm, 56-14, on Friday to improve to 5-0 in league.

A Tides victory against Bellarmine, however, combined with a Central Kitsap win over South Kitsap and an Olympia win over Yelm would leave Olympia, Bellarmine and Central Kitsap tied for second place.

The top three teams in the league advance to the playoffs.

“Hopefully things go our way,” Beattie said, “but all we are worried about is beating Yelm next week.”

Becker was effective through the air and on the ground, throwing for 162 yards on 14 of 17 passing. He also ran for 64 yards on 10 carries.

Becker’s final TD pass – a 5-yarder to Nolan Black with 11 minutes to play – increased the Bears’ lead to 28-3.

Garrett McKay’s 80-yard punt return for a score with 4½ minutes remaining in the game was the Lions’ only touchdown.

“Bellarmine can score a lot of points, and to be able to basically hold them to three points for most of the game is a credit to our defense,” Beattie said. “The defensive coaches put together the right game plan and the kids delivered.”

A mix of Frost’s legs and Becker’s arm helped the Bears take a 14-3 lead at halftime.

Frost pounded his way to 111 yards on 12 carries in the first two quarters, and Becker tossed a pair of touchdowns to help Olympia to an 14-0 advantage.

Bellarmine’s first-half offense was plagued by dropped passes – two occurring in the end zone on the Lions’ opening possession – and an inability to move the ball on the ground against a physical Bears front.

Becker, who completed 9 of 12 passes for 114 yards in the first half, put the Bears up 7-0 on his 5-yard scoring strike to Collin Corurter with 3 minutes left in the first quarter.

Becker threw his second touchdown pass midway through the second quarter, hitting an open Cooper Murphy in stride down the right sideline for a 60-yard score.

Bellarmine marched down to the Olympia 16 on its following possession, but had to settle for a 42-yard field goal from Matthew Philichi after Olympia’s J.P. Forbord sacked Lou Millie on third down for a 9-yard loss.

Olympia turned to Frost to start the second half, giving him the ball eight out of its first nine plays. A Becker 6-yard Becker touchdown run capped the drive, pushing the lead to 21-3.

Black Hills 45, at Centralia 20: Quarterback Jayden Troy threw for 300 yards on 16 of -26 passing and had touchdown passes of 55 and 26 yards, and four other Wolves scored touchdowns to snap their two-game losing streak with a road win over the Tigers. Black Hills (4-4 overall, 2-2 2A EvCo) scored 28 consecutive points after Joe Blasers’ 1-yard quarterback keeper in the third quarter that put Centralia ahead 20-17. Black Hills got touchdowns from Zach Joqauin (9-yard run), Zach Grate (37-yard fumble recovery), Mitch Stone (6-yard run) and Mark Melendres (3-yard run).

At Gig Harbor 56, Yelm 14: The Tides scored 49 straight points to start the game en route to its 4A Narrows League win over the Tornados. Aaron Rivera (80-yard run) and Cody Burk (1-yard run) scored Yelm’s touchdowns.

At Montesano 35, Rainier 6: After McKoy Bichler’s first-quarter touchdown, the Bulldogs put up 35 unanswered points. Bichler finished with 127 yards rushing on 27 carries to lead the Mountaineers (1-7).

At Tumwater 59, River Ridge 0: The Thunderbirds clinched the 2A Evergreen Conference title for the third straight year and will be the league’s No. 1 seed heading into the Week 10 district crossover game with one regular-season game remaining next week against Black Hills. Four different T-Birds accounted for first-half points on their way to a 31-0 halftime lead: Zach Delucco had touchdown catches of 18 and 13 yards, Christian Cummings ran 29 yards for a score, Easton Trakel scampered 5-yards and Elijah Hills drilled a 31-yard field goal.

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