The 40th annual cross town rival high school football game between Olympia High School and Capital High School was all Olympia Bear Blue after a 40-7 commanding performance at Ingersoll Stadium on Friday, March 12, 2021. Olympia (3-1, SSC) scored early and often being led by sophomore quarterback Gabe Downing who threw for 350 yards. For Capital (1-3, SSC) the evening was full of frustration and missed opportunities.
Senior Olympia receiver Alfredo Ramirez Cortes led the Bears with seven catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns including an opening quarter 80-yard touchdown catch to set the tone early. Capital’s Jake Kennedy rushed for 121 yards on 18 carries.
This is the first meeting of the two teams since 2015. Capital now leads 21-20 in Spaghetti Bowl showdowns. The first meeting began in 1976.
First year Olympia Head Coach Nick Mullen was thrilled with his team’s effort. “We focused all week, we came ready to play and we competed,” Mullen commented after the game. “My team did everything they were supposed to do. By far it was our best game we have played all season.”
For Capital Head Coach Terry Rose there were not too many highlights on the night. “Olympia came out ready to play and we weren’t,” Rose lamented. “We play Timberline next week and we will see what happens. Restart, reload, come out there and it’s a new game.”
Coach Mullen is excited to end the season against River Ridge (3-1, SSC) as they travel to Lacey, Friday March 19 at 8 p.m. at South Sound Stadium. “It is going to be a good game and we just have to come dialed in and ready to play,” Mullen remarked.
Capital hosts Timberline (1-3, SSC) at 7 p.m. to end SSC play for Season One WIAA High School Football.