Special Teams Spark Union’s 56-10 Win Over Olympic

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 7, 2009

The Union Titans really like the running clock. After 5 games in a row with a running clock, the Titans took a break last week to play in an epic with Camas. An epic the Titans won 35-31. Tonight the Titans got back to the whole running clock thing.

The clock did not go to running until the second half. Not because they didn’t have a 45 point lead before that, they led 49-3 at the half, but because the WIAA does not start a running clock in the playoffs until the second half begins.

Union led 14-3 before their offense even gained a single yard. Mitch Saylor returned a punt 61 yards for a TD, then followed that up with an 89 yard kick off for a TD.

After that the running game took over. Union scored TD runs of 4 yards from Blake Russell, 12 yards from Nathaniel Penaranda, 7 yards from Brandon Brody-Heim, and a 1 yard run from Brandon Weller.

Just for good measure, Titan LB Jordan Newman intercepted a pass and ran it back 26 yards for the 7th TD of the half.

In the second half plenty of young Titans gained valuable experience. Sophomore RB Ryan Stanford fumbled the ball (very questionable call) which led to the only Olympic TD of the night, a 17 yard pass from Zach Bird to TE Ardie Fesuluai. Stanford got the last word though. On the next Titan drive, he broke through the line and scored a TD from 40 yards out to cap off the scoring in a 56-10 win.

Olympic star RB Larry Dixon had over 5100 career rushing yards coming into the game yet was held to just 23 yards on 9 carries by the Titans defense.

With the win, Union improves to 9-1 and will host the winner of Saturdays Enumclaw at Capital game in the first round of the WIAA 3A playoffs.

Olympic falls to 6-4 with the loss. The Trojans season is over.

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Rushing — Olympic — Albert Lawver 15-84, Larry Dixon 9-22, Keinan Paulino 2-13, Nathan Bezotte 3-8; Union — Ryan Stanford 6-86, Blake Russell 5-55, Brody-Heim 7-29, Zak Browning 2-28, Nathaniel Peneranda 2-12.

Passing — Olympic — Brid 11-15-1-98; Union — Weller 5-5-0-66.

Receiving — Olympic — Harley Dakis 4-26, Larry Dixon 2-42, Blake Johnson 2-32, Ardie Fesuluai 3-29; Union — Saylor 2-19, Peneranda 2-36, Taylor Nelson 1-11.

First quarter
U — Mitch Saylor 60 punt return (Jed Barnett kick)
O — Rob Elliott 29 FG
U — Saylor 89 kickoff return (Barnett kick)
U — Blake Russell 4 run (Barnett kick)
Second quarter
U — Nathaniel Peneranda 12 run (Barnett kick)
U — Brandon Brody-Heim 7 run (Barnett kick)
U — Brandon Weller 1 run (Barnett kick)
U — Jordan Newman 26 interception return (Barnett kick)
Third quarter
O — Ardie Fesuluai 17 pass from Zach Bird (Elliott kick)
U — Ryan Stafford 39 run (Barnett kick)

Photo Gallery provided by David ‘Miller’ Lowe

for more photos of this game go to Miller’s gallery

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17 Responses to “Special Teams Spark Union’s 56-10 Win Over Olympic”

  1. GSHL on November 7th, 2009 4:34 am

    Great job getting rid of sloppy play boys. One week at a time.

  2. SkyviewJoe on November 7th, 2009 8:30 am

    Nice Job Union! You take care of the 3A bracket and Skyview will take care of the 4A bracket. GSHL all the way.

  3. Football spectator on November 7th, 2009 9:13 am

    I guEss this doesnt count because they scored
    on special teams.

  4. Armchair QB on November 7th, 2009 9:20 am

    Terrific team win! Solid execution on both sides of the ball. Check out the picture-perfect kickoff return at 1:10. Not only did Saylor follow THE WEDGE untouched to the end zone, but 2 elements of THE WEDGE were untouched as well! And a third element was only slightly delayed by flattening the kicker. :-)

  5. Storm Fan on November 7th, 2009 9:30 am

    Great job Union…

  6. UT Player on November 7th, 2009 1:47 pm

    After the game I have a lot of respect for Olympics running back he didn’t have one of his better games and was injured during the second quarter, but on crouches he shock every Union players hand and was all around a good guy even though he had every reason to be pissed off.

  7. Chelsea on November 7th, 2009 3:01 pm

    I hope Union doesn’t think they’re a good team that was a horrible game last night. They get lucky once agian. lOL SUCH A SLOPPY GAME LASTNIGHT BY BOTH TEAMS :0

    Go CAMAS!!!!

  8. friendoftheU on November 7th, 2009 3:24 pm

    Eight players scored for Union,
    And none of the Union players are in the top in stats in any category in the gshl. WOW that’s TEAM work
    Finnally Nathaniel Penaranda is getting some recognition
    I have watch this young man since he was in ccyf, he has done this every year
    Nice to see this happen for him.

  9. GSHL Observer on November 7th, 2009 10:11 pm

    Cheksea, take a pill and try again next year.

  10. GSHL Observer on November 7th, 2009 10:25 pm

    Hey Bryan,

    Can you tell me what the music was that you used with the Union video against Olympic? It was an awesome choice.

  11. SkyviewStormFan on November 8th, 2009 1:47 pm

    Good win Union!

  12. anything but paper on November 8th, 2009 4:10 pm

    i agree with UT player cuz #22 could have hated us all, but instead he wished us good luck in the playoffs and just seemed like a pretty cool dude

  13. 40 on November 8th, 2009 5:17 pm

    why say stuff like that chelsea. I suppose if you call scoring nearly everytime you touch the ball sloppy, then yes, Union played very sloppy.

    I think bay and prairie could of beat olympic. They were not good.

  14. U-nion on November 10th, 2009 8:49 pm

    saying that bay or praire could have beat olympic is non-sense. Olympics running back lead the state in rushing yards last year and he might have this year, he was a dominant force and the only reason last fridays game did not show that was because unions line backers are all-state quality, oh wait taylor nelson was all state last year……..

  15. gshl fan on November 10th, 2009 10:10 pm

    take a look at this photo gallery done by Dave Scott


  16. He Holdin' Me Man! on November 10th, 2009 11:08 pm

    These pics are friggin awesome. I love the ones of the gang tackling of Dixon. You see boogie woogie and T. Nelson flying in there.

  17. Oreo on November 10th, 2009 11:15 pm

    Who is boogie woogie?!

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