As proud as Olympia High football coach Bill Beattie was of his Bears and their defensive effort in last week’s season opener, his thoughts quickly turned to the coach who helped build the Bears over the previous 12 seasons as defensive coordinator.
“The guy that would’ve been the proudest would’ve been Todd McDougall,” Beattie said. “He would’ve been so proud of them.”
Sure, the Bears dropped a 7-6 heartbreaker last Friday to Lake Oswego (Ore.), a Class 6A program that head coach Steve Coury, a former Oregon State wide receiver, has built into a powerhouse that has played in back-to-back state title games. But the Bears (0-1) held the Lakers, ranked fifth in Oregon’s Class 6A polls, to 98 yards of total offense.
Now the Bears are gearing up for Friday’s annual Spaghetti Bowl game against Capital. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Ingersoll Stadium.
A noticeable difference in Olympia’s defense begins with its new base set, featuring a 3-5 formation rather than its traditional 4-3. Of the 98 total yards gained by Lake Oswego, Olympia held the Lakers to 11 net yards rushing.
Olympia led Lake Oswego, 6-0, on Josh Nelson’s two first-half field goals, including a 41-yarder as the first-half clock ticked down. The seven points scored by Lake Oswego was the Lakers’ fewest in a regular-season game since 2009; the Lakers didn’t score until the 11-minute mark of the fourth quarter, when Jordan Horak caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Verburg.
“We still have things to work out, but I think from this point, I’m pretty excited about what the future holds for the defense,” Beattie said.
Prior to the Spaghetti Bowl game, a statement will be read thanking Olympia and Capital high schools for supporting McDougall, who died from brain cancer in July. McDougall coached football and baseball at Olympia for 20 years.
CAPITAL INVITE SATURDAY
Thirty-five high school teams will be at Saturday’s Capital High School cross country invitational.
Capital girls coach Kevin Wright said that the number of high school teams is an all-time high, adding that the course has been changed because of a construction fence on the old course, meaning all winners also will set grade-level course records.
The 2.3-mile race is split up by class and gender.
The schedule is as follows: freshmen boys at 10:15 a.m., freshmen girls at 10:35 a.m., sophomore boys at 11:05 a.m., sophomore girls at 11:25 a.m., junior boys at 11:55 a.m., junior girls at 12:15 p.m., senior boys at 12:45 p.m. and senior girls at 1:05 p.m.
OWLS’ OPENER DELAYED
Because the Mary M. Knight football team lacks enough eligible players, the Owls’ season opener, which had been scheduled for Saturday against Quilcene, has been canceled, principal/athletic director John Schultz said.
The Class 1B (8-man) Owls have a bye Sept. 21, so their first official game is set for Sept. 28 at Lake Quinault.
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