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Last minute touchdown sends Renton to victory in opener
Ernie Davis scored for three touchdowns and Quarterback Elijah Clayton threw for another as the Renton Indians bested Olympic 26-20 Friday on a last-minute touchdown at Renton Memorial Stadium to open their 2013 campaign.
Davis had touchdowns runs of 69 and 83 yards and also caught the game-winning 48-yard pass for a touchdown with time running down in a stellar season opening performance.
Junior Clayton, in his first game as a starter, also held his own, throwing a pair of deep touchdown passes, including an 85-yard throw-and-run to Jouvouani Phomprida-Robinson.
After a few back-and-forth series to open the game, Olympic scored first on a 2-yard-run and point-after to take a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.
But the Indians answered back as Davis broke free for Renton's first touchdown, a 69-yarder that brought fans to their feet and started the Indians on their way to a 20-point second quarter.
Phomprida-Robinson's catch and run down the sidelines, followed by a 2-point conversion from Davis, gave the Indians a 14-7 lead before Davis broke open an 83-yard run down the far sidelines to take it to 20-7.
Olympic battled back, scoring late in the second quarter on a 23-yard run play and the teams headed into halftime at 20-14.
Following a back-and-forth second half, Olympic tied the game in the fourth quarter with a 45-yard run, but their point-after-touchdown kick missed, leaving the game tied with less than a minute left.
But with time ticking down, Clayton somehow found Davis for a 48-yard touchdown pass to give the Indians a 26-20 lead and the opening game win.
Renton tries to keep it going against Decatur at 7 p.m. Thursday at Renton Memorial Stadium.