Olympia downs Yelm, 48-10, but misses out on playoffs

Contributing writerNovember 1, 2013 

— The Olympia Bears could only play the game in front of them.

They couldn’t be on other fields against other teams with playoff hopes in the 4A Narrows League.

By every measure, the Bears gave their full attention to the Yelm Tornados, scoring touchdowns on their first six possessions en route to a 48-10 victory Friday night at Ingersoll Stadium.

On those other fields, losses by either Bellarmine Prep or Central Kitsap would have allowed Olympia to claim a No. 3 seed in the Narrows 4A.

Neither came to pass, with Central Kitsap topping South Kitsap, 28-14, and Bellarmine Prep trouncing Gig Harbor, 59-14.

“We’re playing great football right now,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said, before hearing the final score from the Central Kitsap game. “We’re just hoping for some luck.”

Olympia (6-3 overall, 4-2 Narrows) fell earlier in the season to the Cougars and Tides, which left the Bears needing help Friday night.

“You can’t go back and play those games,” Beattie said.

In the game Olympia could play, senior quarterback Derrick Becker compiled 333 yards of total offense (14-of-18 passing for 243 yards and seven rushes for 90 yards) and passed for four touchdowns.

On defennse, the Bears limited Yelm to a field goal and one touchdown late in the game.

Olympia opened the scoring on a tidy, four-play, 80-yard drive after the opening kickoff. Derrick Becker’s 46-yard pass to Mitch Fettig set the stage for Cedar Frost’s 19-yard scoring run.

Becker and Fettig clicked again on a 34-yard scoring play on the Bears’ next possession following a punt by the Tornados.

The Bears had a short field again after a poor Yelm punt, and Becker immediately found receiver Cooper Murphy for 37 yards to the Tornados’ 4. Two plays later, Becker connected with a wide-open Murphy for a 2-yard TD pass.

Murphy’s interception and return of a Quentin Buck pass put Olympia at the Yelm 25. After a facemask call on the Tornados, Becker tossed his third TD pass of the first quarter, this one a 7-yarder to receiver Braeden Neal, who got a toe down near the left boundary of the end zone.

Four possessions by Olympia, 28 points, and the game wasn’t out of the first quarter.

The Bears’ machine didn’t gear down much in the second period. After another Yelm punt, Tate Steele rushed to score from the 1-yard line to cap a short march. Olympia next went up 42-0 on a 20-yard scoring run by Frost.

Just before halftime, the Tornados put together their best drive, reaching the Bears’ 7 before being derailed when Buck was sacked by sophomore Logan Pine.

Yelm settled for a 33-yard field goal by sophomore Vernon Parker to end the first half.

The score bloomed to 48-3 on a 25-yard scoring pass from Becker to Caden Waggoner early in the fourth quarter.

Yelm was able to take advantage of a fumbled punt by Olympia late in the game. From the Bears’ 19, senior Aaron Rivera ran the fumble 18 yards to the 1 and then packed it into the end zone from there.

For the Tornados (3-6), the season ended on a losing note.

“We’re young and still learning,” first-year Tornados coach Jason Ronquillo said. “The most important thing, as coaches, is effort and behavior. The X’s and O’s take time. We’ll just keep getting better.”

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