If Murray High quarterback Nate Sundloff had just had a bit more time, maybe his Spartans could have upset Olympus during a Region 5 football matchup Thursday night. But time was on the Titans' side, and Oly emerged with a hard-fought 21-15 victory.
Sundloff played a great game, rushing for 101 yards on 22 carries and completing a four-yard TD pass to Tony Davies in the final minute to give his team a chance.If moral victories mean anything, this was one for Murray, which fell behind 14-3 at halftime.
Olympus set up the game's first score as Quintin Smith blocked a punt at the Murray 37. Ten plays later, Tyler Scharman dove in from the two, and Taylor Pollei's PAT made it 7-0.
Murray responded with a 65-yard drive that set up Josh Martin's 24-yard field goal with 2:34 left in the half. That's when Olympus moved the ball quickly, going 73 yards in 12 plays, mainly passes from Brad Hiatt, who completed six of eight during the drive. He hooked up with Matt Hunter on a 24-yarder with 19 seconds left to push Oly to the 14-3 lead.
The third quarter was all Murray. In fact, Oly ran only one offensive play in the quarter. Murray drove to the Oly five, but fumbled at the three. On the next play, Murray's Josh Lind sacked Scharman in the end zone for a safety. The Spartans took the ensuing free kick and moved to the Oly 12, where Martin's 29-yard field goal made it 14-8 just 40 seconds into the fourth quarter.
The well-rested Olympus offense then marched downfield in just 11 plays, Burdette going in from the two with 6:45 remaining. Murray failed on its next drive, but held Oly and blocked a punt, Mike Hooper knocking the kick to teammate Chris Dennis, who returned it to the Olympus four. On fourth down, Sundloff hit Davies for the score, but time expired as Oly recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.
Hiatt threw for 109 yards and Scharman picked up 78 yards to lead the Oly attack. Matt Hunter added 65 yards rushing for the Titans.