Olympian High School football coach Gil Warren calls it a “natural rivalry,” and on display at last Friday’s homecoming game was the personification of the budding rivalry with nearby Otay Ranch High School: the Double-O trophy.
Fittingly, the inaugural rivalry game pitted double 6-0 teams.
“We grew out of them basically,” Warren said. “When we first started the school (Olympian), we held student sign-ups at Otay Ranch because our buildings weren’t completed yet.”
The two east side schools are located just two miles apart, though last year denoted the schools’ first-ever gridiron match-up.
Olympian won that game 34-6 en route to upsetting the field to capture the 2011 Metro-Mesa League championship.
The fledgling Eagles took another giant step in their quest to retain that title by hanging a 34-20 loss on the visiting Mustangs last Friday.
Olympian raced out to a 21-0 lead in the festive game.
“Our guys came out and executed,” Warren said. “We had a screen pass on our first drive that helped set up a touchdown. Then they got a turnover but our defense stopped them. The big key for us was that our offense kept the ball away from them and our defense took over from there.
“I’m especially proud of how our guys showed a lot of focus in the game while dealing with a lot of things that were going on because of homecoming.”
The rivalry element obviously got the adrenaline flowing.
Facing second down and 20 after a sack on their first series, the Eagles sprung a sideline screen pass to Christein Humphrey good for 30 yards to the Otay Ranch 20-yard line.
Harrison Hulin continued the momentum by scoring on the next play. The touchdown was the first of three on the night for Hulin (19 rushes, 133 yards).
The Mustangs recovered a fumble on another sack at the Olympian 20, but the Eagles denied the visitors any points on an ensuing interception at the five-yard line.
OHS workhorse Andrell Snowden (17 carries, 128 yards) then bulled ahead on a series of tough runs as the ball moved to the other end of the field, with quarterback Christopher Humphrey capping the drive with a nine-yard scoring pass to Sergio Bailey (three catches, 24 yards).
Hulin made it a three-touchdown lead on a four-yard scoring run with 6:34 left in the second quarter.
The seventh-ranked Eagles kept the ball moving thereafter.
A missed field goal attempt turned the ball back over to Otay Ranch and the ninth-ranked Mustangs finally managed to get it into gear, though it turned out to be a tale of too little, too late.
Kyle Hawkins connected with Chris Martin (seven catches, 229 yards) on a 74-yard catch-and-carry. But the hosts quickly regained the momentum as Christopher Humphrey reeled off a 57-yard quarterback carry for a touchdown.
The PAT conversion failed but the Eagles let 27-7.
A pick set up Hulin for a four-yard run and the score ballooned to 34-7.
Martin caught a 46-yard scoring pass and the Mustangs tacked on another late touchdown by Jevon Fields.
Christopher Humphrey completed all five passing attempts in the game for 85 yards; twin brother Christein had two catches for 40 yards.
The Eagles combined to rush for 319 yards on 48 attempts.
Rey Osuna and Snowden each were credited with interceptions on defense; Zac Norton led the hosts with 10 tackles.
Hawkins passed for 298 yards in the loss, while the Otay Ranch rushing game was held to just 34 yards.
Justin Doton registered both Mustang sacks. He led the ORHS defense with 13 tackles.
Olympian will take its 1-0 league record into Friday’s critical match-up at Chula Vista (1-1 in league, 5-2 overall) while Otay Ranch (1-1, 6-1) hosts Escondido (3-4 overall) in a key Division I non-league contest.
“We’re focusing on Chula Vista right now,” Warren said. “That’s a very big game for us.”
The Spartans are coming off a 51-21 Mesa League victory against visiting Bonita Vista (0-2, 2-5) as quarterback Ricky Estevez passed for four touchdowns — two each to clutch receivers Ray Holden (six catches, 101 yards) and Richard Walker (five catches, 62 yards).
Semisi Iongi ran for two TDs while Carlos Aparicio kicked three field goals; Jayvon Reed led the victors with 131 rushing yards.
BV's Delvon Miller led all rushers in the game with 195 yards. He scored one touchdown, as did teammates Angel Landavazo and Caleb Su. Baron QB Austin Kane passed for 108 yards with one pick.
Landavazo also had one interception for 80 yards; Luke Parra led Bonita Vista with 11 tackles.
Prep Football League Standings
Metro-Mesa League Standings
Olympian 1-0 league , 7-0 overall
Eastlake 1-0 league, 5-2 overall
Otay Ranch 1-1 league, 6-1 overall
Chula Vista 1-1 league , 5-2 overall
Bonita Vista 0-2 league, 2-5 overall
Citrus League Standings
San Pasqual Academy 2-0, 4-2
Calvary Christian Academy 1-0, 5-1
Classical Academy 1-1, 2-4
Borrego Springs 0-1, 1-4
Julian 0-2, 2-5
Sunset League (8-Man) Standings
Ocean View Christian Academy 1-0, 3-2-1
St. Joseph Academy 1-0, 1-2-1
Warner 0-1, 1-4
Lutheran 0-1, 1-5
Prep football playoff ticker
Division I: Otay Ranch 6-1, Eastlake 5-2, Chula Vista 5-2
Division II: San Ysidro 4-3, Hilltop 3-4, Bonita Vista 2-5, Sweetwater 1-6
Division III: Olympian 7-0, Southwest 2-5, Castle Park 1-6, Montgomery 1-6
Division IV: Mater Dei Catholic 5-2, Mar Vista 4-3