Pioneers Fall 2 Points Short of First Win

Pair of Failed Conversions at Olympia Dashes Hopes

Staff Report

The experts say to go for the win on the road. Oak Ridge coach Clint Johnson believed in their wisdom Friday at Olympia, but the Pioneers failed to convert on a two-point conversion attempt and suffered a disheartening 13-12 loss to Olympia on the road.

Trailing 12-0, the Pioneers went on the comeback trail. 

In the second quarter, Kolton Richards threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior Demetrius Sanders to make it 6-0. The conversion, though, failed. 

That left Johnson with a difficult decision to make later in the game. 

In the fourth quarter, Richards threw a 20-yard strike to sophomore Christopher Torchon for another score. The touchdown made it 13-12 in favor of Olympia. Needing two for the win, Johnson decided to get it into the end zone, but the Pioneers came up short. Then Olympia held off a late push by the Pioneers to secure the win.

Olympia built its lead with help from an early touchdown pass play and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.