Fri, Dec 09 2011 03:50 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Monday’s disappointing 41-0 loss to Cathedral Catholic in the San Diego Section Division III champion game by the Olympian Eagles came in stark contrast to the team’s performance in the semifinals — a moment definitely to be savored.
Olympian put together perhaps its best four quarters of football in the five years of play at the varsity level to dismantle the rampaging Mar Vista Mariners 40-8.
Mar Vista entered the Dec. 1 game with an 11-1 record and prolific 351-128 scoring edge. The Mariners rushed for 627 yards in a 58-9 victory over Southwest on Nov. 10 — the fifth highest in section history.
But Olympian completely shut down the MVHS double wing formation, holding the Mariners to 181 rushing yards in the game — 80 of which came on the team’s lone touchdown run by Kenny Nieves with 2:29 left in the contest.
“It was a great game — the kids deserved it,” OHS head coach Gil Warren said. “We stepped it up. We shut down their offense and got our offense running. They couldn’t stop our passing game, then we got our running game in motion. We hit on all phases of the game.”
The Eagles led 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime, sending some fans to the parking lot who evidently had seen enough.
Christopher Humphrey completed six of nine passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Sergio Bailey caught scoring passes of 32 and 69 yards. Aikeem Foxworth also finished with two touchdowns — the first on a 15-yard catch and the second on a three-yard run.
Kevin Ehm scored on two short touchdown runs in the third quarter to seal the victory.
Bailey’s 69-yarder came just 59 seconds into the third quarter.
Santana Leomiti racked up 22 tackles to lead the Eagles while Arturo Cuevas totaled 21 defensive stops in the game. Flores had 16 tackles with Asante Gibson had 14 stops.
Paul Padilla and Lucky Sansano each recorded sacks while Mikel Clementi made one interception (picking off Mar Vista’s first passing attempt of the match-up). Padilla also had a fumble recovery.
It was a bitter defeat for Mar Vista on a cold night.
Nieves keyed the Mariners with 100 rushing yards on six carries, with the bulk coming on one play at the end of the game. Jimmie Hill had 13 carries for 46 yards while Bennie Smith had five carries for 17 yards and Keevin Moore had five carries for 16 yards. Hill’s longest carry went for nine yards while Smith’s longest carry went for eight yards.
For the season, Hill, Smith, Moore and Nieves combined for 4,118 yards and 36 touchdowns — averaging 343 rushing yards per game.
Eddie Mejia had one pick while Lashon Riggins had one sack to lead the MVHS defense.
Mariner head coach Brian Hay predicted his team would be back. “We’ve changed the culture at Mar Vista to one of love and respect, of hard work and dedication,” he said. “We had a great season. I’m proud of the guys.”
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