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Olympus football falls just short of playing for state title

Dec 01, 2023 12:39PM ● By Josh McFadden

The Olympus football team fell just short in the 5A semifinals to finish the season 8-4. (File photo City Journals)

The Olympus football team went toe to toe with Class 5A’s top squad, falling just short of reaching the state championship game. 

Seeded fifth in the tournament, Olympus advanced to the state semifinals on Nov. 9 where it met No. 1 seed Timpview. The Thunderbirds, champions of Region 7, came into the contest with just two losses—one to 6A tournament finalist Skyridge and the other to a strong team from Los Alamitos, California. 

But the Titans gave Timpview everything it could handle and more. 

Timpview prevailed 22-20, but it took a field goal on the final play of the game for the Thunderbirds to knock off the Titans. Olympus was trailing 19-7 after three quarters but made a late rally to go up 20-19 with 2 ½ minutes left in the game. First, Chase Moseley connected on a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ty Seagle with 5:27 remaining on the clock. Then, after stopping Timpview, Olympus scored again. This time, wide receiver Luke Bryant threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Caden Lloyd on a trick play. The Titans went for two but couldn’t convert. The missed try turned out to be critical. 

Timpview drove down the field and made the game-winning field as time expired. With the loss, Olympus bowed out of the playoffs, missing out on the chance to play for the school’s first state title since 1998. 

Moseley was 25 of 36 passing for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Lloyd grabbed six of those passes for 104 yards, while Seagle had eight grabs for 61 yards. In addition to his touchdown pass, Bryant had three catches for 52 yards. Nate Sheets was all over the field defensively, collecting 18 tackles. Thomas Mauga had a pair of sacks. The loss ended Olympus’ season with an 8-4 mark. 

To get to the semifinals, Olympus had to first get by fourth-seeded Box Elder on Nov. 3. The Titans used a huge 28-point second quarter to roll to a 31-0 halftime advantage over the home team. By the end of the third quarter, the Titans had built an impressive 41-0 advantage. Moseley filled the stat sheet in the victory, as the senior signal caller threw five touchdown passes. Two of his touchdowns went to Lloyd—both in the second quarter—of 44 and 46 yards. He also threw a pair of touchdown passes to Seagle—one late in the second quarter for 10 yards, and one late in the third quarter for 7 yards for Olympus’ final touchdown. Moseley finished with 380 yards through the air. 

On the receiving end, Seagle had eight catches for 113 yards to go along with his two touchdowns. Bryant had a game-high nine catches that went for 93 yards. Lloyd’s three catches accounted for a game-best 127 yards. On defense, Sheets tallied 13 tackles, while Morgan Boyce had 11. 

Olympus had a bye in the first round before blowing away West Jordan 35-6 at home in the second round on Oct. 27. Like it would do a week later in the quarterfinals, Olympus scored all of its points in the second-round matchup in the first three quarters, bolting to a 35-0 lead. Moseley had four touchdown passes in this game, beginning with a 7-yarder to Nash Taylor in the first quarter. He then tossed a 25-yard TD to Seagle and a 14-yarder to Nic Brown in the second quarter to put his team up 21-0. In the third quarter, Moseley and Taylor hooked up again, this time on a 4-yard connection. With 47 seconds left in the third, Bryant intercepted a West Jordan pass and ran it back 70 yards for a touchdown. 

Brown had 124 yards rushing on 25 carries to lead Olympus. Moseley was 15 of 24 for 171 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Bryant had four catches for 64 yards to go along with his defensive touchdown. Seagle and Taylor had five and four catches, respectively. Sheets had a dozen tackles and a sack in the win. Hugh Matsumori and James Schlendorft also had interceptions. 

Plenty of players contributed to Olympus’ success this season. 

Moseley was one of the most productive quarterbacks in 5A this season. He completed nearly 68% of his passes and totaled 3,133 yards and 32 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. Brown led the team in rushing with 748 yards. Five players had at least 30 catches this season, with Seagle pacing the Titans with 72 grabs as well as 833 yards and. Seven scores. Bryant had 52 catches for 605 yards and nine touchdowns. Lloyd had 41 catches for 805 yards—nearly 20 yards a catch—and a team-high 10 touchdowns. 

Sheets had an eye-popping 151 tackles, while West Olsen added 101. Mauga had 68 tackles and led the squad with eight sacks. Schlendorft was the leader in interceptions with six. λ