The Olivet varsity football team is getting used to winning league titles after capturing a share of its first KVA crown last season. This year however, the Eagles would like to keep the trophy all to themselves.
The Olivet offense steamrolled Stockbridge Friday, Oct. 3, scoring 10 touchdowns in a 69-48 win, the team’s fourth as part of the new Greater Lansing Athletic Conference. The win clinched at least a share of the inaugural conference championship. Olivet can clinch the outright title by defeating Leslie on the road Friday, Oct. 10.
“We are happy with clinching at least a share of the first every GLAC championship, but we are not satisfied yet,” said Olivet coach Gabe Priddy. “We want to win the league outright and we know that one more win gets us into the playoffs. We have plenty to be motivated for this Friday.”
Olivet honored its seniors Oct. 3 against Stockbridge, though it was an underclassmen, junior Wyatt Smith that stole the spotlight. Smith scored six touchdowns and finished with 320 all-purpose yards in the win. He carried the ball 14 times for 187 yards and added six receptions for 133 yards. Junior Chase Martin added 90 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.
All of that offense proved to be much needed against the Panthers, who managed 48 points against the Eagle defense.
“We knew the game on Friday would probably be a high scoring game,” Olivet coach Gabe Priddy said his team’s showdown with Stockbridge. “Stockbridge has a very good offense and we knew we would need to put up some points to beat them.”
The Eagles head to Leslie, Oct. 10 for a 7 p.m. kick.
“Leslie is a tough physical football team and we know we need to match their intensity from the start,” Priddy said. “We are trying to focus on one game at a time and we are trying to improve each day at practice.”