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Zack Ballard (56) makes a tackle in the first half.
Calvin Ward (9) attempts a pass down the field after taking a hand-off from quarterback Taylor Thomas.
Calvin Ward (9) attempts a pass down the field after taking a hand-off from quarterback Taylor Thomas.

When the dust settled at the end of Olney’s first home game on Friday, Sept. 6, senior quarterback Taylor Thomas had a total of 430 yards, Mike Clark had 19 catches for 201 yards and the Cubs had scored 32 points. Unfortunately, the Cubs’ opponent was the 1A D1 state-ranked Anson Tigers, who handed Olney a 62-32 loss to send the Cubs to 0-2 on the season. 

The Tigers are ranked in the top 10 on several different polls, according to Coach Hugh Farmer, with the highest ranking as of last week being sixth in Class 1A. 

Olney was down 34-6 at the end of the first quarter and was stuck at only six points at the half before mounting a comeback attempt against the Tigers, who fielded a large, strong and fast squad.

“We played a lot better in the second half,” Farmer said. “We played better in the first half last week. We have to work on playing a complete game.”


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To Olney’s credit, Farmer said the varsity Cubs were unwilling to quit even though they were down by a seemingly insurmountable deficit.

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