Fri, Nov 30 2012 02:47 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Beating a team twice in one season is never easy, especially when the rematch comes in the San Diego Section playoffs.
The Olympian High School football team knows the feeling.
The Eagles dropped a 48-7 decision to the Madison Warhawks to end the 2010 season after previously defeating the Warhawks, 28-17, in regular season play.
Last Friday, Olympian put its top-seeded status and perfect 11-0 record on the line against the fourth-seeded Lincoln Hornets. The Eagles had previously defeated the Hornets, 21-14, on Sept. 21.
Lincoln won the rematch 20-7.
The Hornets, who proclaimed they would avenge that early season setback with a revised game plan, were indeed successful.
Lincoln will play third-seeded Ramona (8-4) in Saturday’s Division III championship game at Escondido High School. Kick-off is 3:05 p.m.
The host Eagles saw their perfect season end at 11-1 against a bigger and athletic Lincoln team. The Hornets (9-3) beat Olympian at its own game: defense.
Lincoln recorded eight sacks and two interceptions to clip the Eagles’ wings in the rematch.
It didn’t help matters that Olympian lost the services of its two star offensive players during the game.
Andrell Snowden, perhaps the heart and soul of the team, was hobbled by an ankle injury suffered on the Eagles’ first play of the game. He entered the contest with 1,093 rushing yards, a team-high 14 touchdowns and a team-leading seven interceptions.
He saw extremely limited action in last Friday’s game, rushing for just seven yards on two carries. He logged just a few plays on defense as well.
Snowden scored three touchdowns and had two interceptions and two pass deflections in the teams’ earlier meeting.
Sergio Bailey, the team’s leading receiver and second-leading scorer with 13 touchdowns, left the game with a shoulder injury late in the third quarter.
Together, Snowden and Bailey accounted for 27 of Olympian’s 61 touchdowns this season.
Snowden scored three times in a 40-7 rout of ninth-seeded Mt. Carmel in a quarterfinal playoff game on Nov. 16.
Eagles head coach Gil Warren acknowledged that Snowden in particular was, in his words, “a big part” of the team’s offense.
Still, Warren said he was “proud” of his troops for never giving up in the contest.
Quarterback Christopher Humphrey hooked up with Bailey on an apparent touchdown in the back of the end zone just prior to Bailey’s injury.
However, video replays later justified the official’s call of an incomplete pass as Bailey only got one foot in bounds after making the catch. Instead of trailing by one score, the Hornets retained a 13-point lead.
“Lincoln played a great game … they deserved to win,” Warren said in a post-game television interview.
The Hornets never trailed in the game. Lincoln scored the opening touchdown on a one-yard run by Jaechon Murphy to cap a 14-play, 80-yard field march.
Murphy came back to score again, this time in the third quarter to boost the visitors ahead, 14-7, on the scoreboard.
A 61-yard punt return by Tyree Robinson later in the quarter essentially spelled doom for the hosts.
Robinson later closed out the game with an interception in the final seconds.
Isaiah Gibson scored Olympian’s lone touchdown on a 26-yard run in the first quarter to tie the game 7-7.
The Eagles had plenty of time to get back in the game but the second half was scoreless.
Lorenzo Henderson and Fred Melifonwu each recorded three sacks for the Hornets. Robinson’s twin brother, Tyrell, had one pick and one fumble recovery. Tyrell Robinson also led the Lincoln defense with 13 tackles.
Both Robinson siblings are bound for Oregon next fall.
Ramona routed visiting Serra, 56-7, in last Friday’s other Division III semifinal.
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