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Eagles soar after topping Pointers, 26-7, in season opener Phillip Brents | Fri, Sep 06 2013 02:27 PM

The Olympian Eagles answered some questions in Saturday’s season opening 26-7 non-league victory at Point Loma and will answer a few more in Friday’s non-league clash against the visiting Francis Parker Lancers.

Do the Eagles possess championship material once again despite a huge turnover in varsity personnel? That same question also can be asked about the Lancers, who finished runner-up in last year’s San Diego Section Division V championship game but are making the move up to Division III this season.

Parker kicked off its season with a 41-6 shellacking of host Coronado last week, which should make Friday’s encounter very interesting.

In the meantime, it was time for a new convocation of Eagles to celebrate what for many was their first varsity victory. The win also was the first for former assistant Paul Van Nostrand as Olympian’s new head coach.

“(It was an) excellent team win to start the season against a quality opponent,” Van Nostrand said.

Quarterback Gary Cannon completed 11 of 22 passing attempts for 181 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed 34 times for 139 yards.

Will Lampkin rushed 14 times for 78 yards.

Manny Rodriguez, however, had the big day in the scoring department with three touchdowns — one rushing, one receiving and one on an interception return.

Rodriguez had nine catches for 55 yards; he caught one scoring pass for 11 yards and also scored on an 11-yard run.

Parker rolled up 277 rushing yards in last Friday’s non-league win over the Islanders. New signal-caller Khaleel Jenkins did most of the damage with 114 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.

Jesse Brookins, one of the Lancers’ group of South County players, rushed 16 times for 113 yards and scored once. Two other South Bay residents, Daven Horne (two pass receptions) and Ayman Mayberry (one interception), also entered their names on the score sheet.

“(We have) another perennial playoff participant this week, (so) it will take another solid team effort,” Olympian’s Van Nostrand said.

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