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Olympus coach declines to use letdown excuse

What happened to the Olympus Titans?

One week they're beating arch-nemesis Skyline for the first time in over a decade, and the next week they're getting destroyed by an 0-2 football team. So what gives?

It would be easy to assume the Titans suffered a classic letdown a week after a gigantic victory, but that would be discrediting Logan for its 49-14 victory Friday night.

"To be honest, I'm not an excuse guy," said Olympus coach Mike Miller. "If you beat me, you beat me. You've got to give Logan credit. I thought they outplayed us."

In many ways, the letdown was inevitable. After basking in the glory of their Skyline win during a three-day weekend last week, the Titans were the talk of the prep football world all week. It culminated with a Friday morning assembly at Olympus in which Skyline's student-body officers presented the Olympus student-body officers with The Rock.

Numerous local television stations were there, and it would be hard to fault the Oly players for feeling a little unbeatable.

Logan quickly silenced those thoughts by reeling off 42 unanswered points after the game was tied at 7-7.

"I know a lot of people want to say it was a letdown, but the bottom line is me and my staff thought Logan showed up and played better than us," said Miller.

After Oly beat Skyline, Miller said he was curious to see how his team would handle itself after such a big victory. Now, after they clearly struggled with the hype, how will the Titans carry themselves in this Friday's game against Woods Cross?

FRIDAY NIGHT STARS: Hunter's Tauni Vakapuna rushed for three touchdowns. East's Asi Tuakoi rumbled for 325 yards rushing and and an incredible six touchdowns. Millard's Ethan Stephenson rushed for five touchdowns. Alta's Beau Enslow rushed for four touchdowns, including one in each overtime. Bonneville's Tai Penrod passed for four touchdowns in a loss. West's Lance Butler ran for 120 yards, while adding 111 receiving yards, including three touchdowns. Northridge's Jamar Lee scored two rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.

RANKINGS WATCH: While the 5A and 2A rankings stayed the same, the other three classifications saw some minor and major shake-ups.

Class 3A saw the most turnover with both previous No. 1 Bear River and previous No. 2 Delta losing. That paved the way for Pine View, which beat Delta, to vault from third to first, and Snow Canyon to jump from fourth to second. North Sanpete debuts at No. 3, with Bear River and Delta rounding out the top five.

Olympus fell out of the 4A rankings by virtue of its 49-14 thumping at Logan. Their fall made room for the surprising East Leopards at No. 4. Bonneville remained at No. 5 after suffering a double-overtime defeat at Alta.

Monticello takes over for Enterprise as new No. 1 in 1A.

CRUISE CONTROL: The Hunter Wolverines have scored 40 or more points in each of their first three games, for a total of 132 points so far. With at least seven games remaining, Hunter will shatter last year's 269 total points in 12 games. Other high-scoring teams were: East (53), Kanab (53), Alta (49), Logan (49), Northridge (49), Bonneville (42), Juan Diego (42) and West (40).

BLANKED: Five teams were shut out Friday, while an additional 13 scored fewer than 10 points.

TOP 25: Be sure to pick up your copy of Tuesday's Deseret Morning News to see the updated Top 25 statewide prep football rankings.

PREPS ON THE WEB: Why settle for just a mere score? See the box scores, updated standings, team and state scoring leaders and more by logging on to www.deseretnews.com/dn/prp each evening. The scores post immediately after the Deseret Morning News receives the information from the coaches. The same goes for 1A baseball, volleyball and girls soccer. Log on each night to keep yourself up to date. While there, check out your favorite high school's Web page, complete with the state's most comprehensive up-to-date standings with points for and points against, past stories and photos.


E-mail: jedward@desnews.com