CHULA VISTA The Olympian football team reached at least the semifinals of the San Diego Section playoffs each of the last four seasons, but that was while playing in Divisions III and IV. The Eagles had a new challenge this season as they made the transition to Division I.
And yet, Olympian found itself in familiar territory on Friday night after a 28-14 win over Bonita Vista that puts the Eagles in great position to host a playoff game next week.
If Olympian (7-3, 3-1) opens the playoffs on the road, then Eagles running back Manny Rodriguez went out in style in his last home game.
Rodriguez rushed 15 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 61 yards and a score. His 31-yard touchdown reception on a fourth-and-10 gave Olympian the lead for good in the third quarter.
“We feel good heading into the playoffs,” Rodriguez said after the win. “We just have to correct some mistakes, but overall we feel good and we’re ready.”
Olympian controlled the game early following touchdown runs of 49 and 70 yards by Rodriguez. But Bonita Vista (4-6, 1-3) scored twice in the last two minutes of the first half to tie the game 14-14.
With the game still tied in the third quarter, Olympian quarterback Gary Cannon completed his first pass of the night — the 31-yard touchdown strike to Rodriguez that gave Olympian the lead. Cannon added a 1-yard touchdown sneak in the fourth quarter.