Otay Ranch Mustangs 14, Olympian Eagles 7

In order for the Otay Ranch Mustangs to defeat the Olympian Eagles their defense needed to have a strong performance and they did just that. This was the fifth meeting between the two teams and Olympian had won the previous four. However, tonight on October 30th, 2015 the Otay Ranch Mustangs beat the Olympian Eagles by a score of 14-7 in a true Battle of the O’s match up.

The first quarter of the ball game was a back and forth defensive battle with neither team giving up any points. In the second quarter things began to get interesting. Olympian managed to get into the red zone but Otay Ranch’s Omar Soto had a touchdown saving tackle at the 5-yard line to prevent the Eagles from scoring. On 1st & Goal, Olympian chose to run the ball but quarterback Gary Cannon had no gain on the play. On 2nd & Goal, running back Noah Lacsina was stopped just short of the goal line to force third down, and at this point the ball was on the 1-yard line. On 3rd & Goal, the Eagles were still unable to get the ball into the end zone. Instead of kicking a field goal they chose to go for it on 4th &1 from the 1-yard line and they were stopped by the Mustangs defense.

The Mustangs came into the third quarter with the momentum on their side. With 6 minutes and 34 seconds left in the third, running back Samuel Stephens was able to give Otay Ranch a 7-0 lead after a 9-yard touchdown run. But the Mustangs were not finished yet. Four minutes later their offense was able to keep things going. This time it was Adrian Rodriguez who was able to go 17 yards off of the reverse to put his team up 14-0. However, the Olympian Eagles and their high tempo offense were not going down without a fight.

Quarterback Garry Cannon had several big runs throughout the night that gave his offense a spark. Therefore, it was only fitting that he be the one to score the touchdown. Cannon gave his arm a breather and used his legs to go 12 yards for the touchdown. At this point there was 8 minutes and 40 seconds left in the ball game and Olympian cut Otay Ranch’s lead to 14-7.

On Olympian’s next possession of the ball game they kicked their offense into high gear. Cannon showed off his arm strength with a 42-yard completion that put his team in Mustang territory. However, the big story of this game was how well the Otay Ranch defense performed. After two incomplete passes to wide receivers, who were well covered, Olympian faced 4th & 2. They were two long yards for Garry Cannon, as Otay Ranch’s Sergio Ayon stopped him short.

This huge win for the Otay Ranch Mustangs (5-4) gives them a 2-1 record in league play. They are now tied for second place with the Eastlake Titans. However, next week they will face a tough opponent as they travel to Southwestern Community College to take on the Bonita Vista Barons (7-2). As for the Olympian Eagles they will return home to face the Santa Fe Christian Eagles (8-1), who have not lost a game since September 5th. Be sure to tune in next week to the KUSI Prep Pigskin Report, San Diego County’s home for prep football highlights and features! 

PREVIEW: Only seven weeks are left in the 17th season of the Prep Pigskin Report and the weeks ahead are crucial. Week 10 of the PPR features great match ups, with one of those being the Battle of the O’s football game. The Olympian Eagles (5-3) will travel to Otay Ranch High School this Friday night to face the Otay Ranch Mustangs (4-4) in a South Bay showdown.

The Mustangs are coming off of a tough 28-7 loss to Eastlake. However despite the loss, they remain in third place in the Metro-Mesa League standings with a 1-1 record. Two teams remain below them in league standings, the Olympian Eagles and the Chula Vista Spartans. In his second year as head coach, Lance Christensen has his team at .500. In his first year as head coach, Christensen had an exciting game against Olympian High School that went down to the finish line, where the Eagles were able to come back to win the game 37-30. What will the Mustangs need to do this week in order to be successful?

"We need to stop their high tempo offense early and we need to have the run game start off strong. But the main key this week will be discipline, which has killed us in previous weeks," said Sergio Ayon, middle linebacker and fullback for the Otay Ranch Mustangs.

Ayon leads the Otay Ranch defense in solo tackles with 28, and has a total of 57 tackles on the year. At the start of the whistle the Mustangs defense will need to come out strong. Their task is to contain a high-powered Eagles offense that has the ability to soar over their opponents. 

However, the Olympian Eagles are trying to put an end to a two-game losing streak after suffering losses to the Eastlake Titans and the Bonita Vista Barons. In last week’s game against Bonita Vista, the Eagles started off with an early 7-0 lead. After a back and forth battle in the first and third quarter, the Barons running game eventually proved to be too strong for the Eagles to handle. Olympian was shut out in the fourth quarter and they scored a total of 13 offensive points, which makes this the second time this season that this high powered offense has been held to that margin. Will they be able to get things going on the offensive side of the football this Friday night against the Otay Ranch Mustangs?

This will be the fifth time that these two teams have faced each other and the Olympian Eagles have won all of the previous meetings. Will the Otay Ranch Mustangs be able to defeat the Olympian Eagles this Friday night for the first time in school history? Or will the Olympian Eagles be able to snap their two-game losing streak and continue to win the Battle of the O’s? Find out this Friday at 7 PM at Otay Ranch High School. After the game is over, be sure to tune in to KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report, San Diego County’s home for prep football highlights and features! 

Categories: 2014 PPR Archive, 2015 PPR Features, 2015 PPR Features Part 2, Week 10: October 30, 2015