Point Loma watched its early lead disappear before defeating Olympian 27-24 in overtime Friday night on an 18-yard field goal by kicker Oscar Borjon.
The Pointers capitalized on a barrage of early turnovers to put the Eagles in a 17-point first-half hole. Olympian fumbled its first three kickoff returns, losing two of them.
The Pointers did a masterful job of switching up their game, rotating one back after another, keeping their backfield of bruisers fresh throughout. It began with 6-foot 210-pound junior running back Josh Ball, who also threw a touchdown pass on a trick play for the Pointers’ first points. Point Loma led 21-0 after the first quarter.
When Ball wasn’t eluding defenders, 6-foot 240-pound junior fullback Matthew Fa’alele bulldozed his way through would-be tacklers, showing surprising burst and wiggle in the process. Fa’alele unfortunately had to leave the game in the middle of the second due to injury. He did not return.
It was all Olympian in the second half. Without Fa’alele, the Pointers struggled to get things going on offense again, and the Eagles defense, buoyed by a raucous crowd, took full advantage.
Olympian’s offense also found a rhythm after a sluggish first half, and it was all junior running back Rashaun Brown. Brown got the Eagles on the board with an explosive 69-yard touchdown run, then later ran it in from 1 yard out to make it a three-point game.
Eagles quarterback Nico Mendoza tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to
Terrones is a freelance writer.
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