Oceanside One week after what could have been a demoralizing loss at home, the Olympian High football team bounced back on the road.
The Eagles held on for a 19-17 victory over El Camino in a nonleague game Friday night at Herb Meyer Stadium. Despite being held scoreless and without a first down in the second half, Olympian (2-1) managed to hold off a late rally by the Wildcats (2-1).
Olympian is coming off a school-best 11-1 season in 2012 that included a 40-20 romp over El Camino. But after starting the 2013 campaign with a convincing win over Point Loma, the Eagles were stunned at home last week by Francis Parker, 24-21, surrendering 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
“We just made too many mistakes with a big lead,” Olympian coach Paul Van Nostrand said of the loss by the defending Metro Mesa League champs
El Camino came up empty on four field-goal attempts in the second half, including a 47-yard attempt that was blocked by the Eagles’ interior line as time elapsed in the contest.
The two teams combined for 17 points within a 27-second span in the first period as a 47-yard field goal by Olympian’s Angel Garcia was followed quickly by an 18-yard interception return by R.J. Leomiti for a 10-3 Eagles lead. El Camino’s Eric Wilson then returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to tie the score at 10-10.