With his team trailing by four points with less than 2 minutes left, Olympian quarterback Garry Cannon hit Michael Hamilton with a 40-yard touchdown pass to lift the Eagles over host Mt. Carmel, 21-17, in the teams’ season opener Friday.
The Eagles won their third straight season opener while the Sundevils dropped their first game for the first time since 2010.
“It feels good,” said Cannon, a junior. “We played great, and I liked how we finished.”
After a strong first half, the Eagles struggled in the second, failing to score until the game-winner.
“The guys were wide open all night,” Cannon said. “The O-line blocked, and I was able to get it to him.”
Olympian did most of its damage on the ground. The Eagles ran for 360 yards, led by Cannon (139) and sophomore running back Noah Lacsina (109).
Mt. Carmel ran for just 50 yards but gained 195 through the air on 14-of-29 passing by junior quarterback Lucas Johnson.
“We battled back from adversity,” Mt. Carmel coach John Anderson said. “That’s a very physical team over there. I thought we matched their physicality.”
The Eagles dominated the first half, more than doubling the Sundevils in yardage (261 to 123) and first downs (13 to five). Olympian, however, led just 14-7 at halftime after losing a fumble inside the Mt. Carmel 1-yard line and seeing another drive into Sundevils’ territory end on downs.