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Andrew Olson had a great game for the Elco football team, perhaps his best as a Raider. But in dramatic fashion, he saved his very best for last.

On Thursday night at Annville-Cleona High School, Olson caught the game-winning touchdown strike from quarterback Jeff Martin to left the Elco football team to a key and thrilling 40-39 overtime victory over the Little Dutchmen. Olson’s catch came on the last play of overtime – on a fourth down and goal from the 14-yard line – after Annville-Cleona had gone ahead with a score on the first possession of the extra session.

Lining up on the right side of the gridiron, Olson worked the middle of the field, cut sharply to cause separation between himself and his defender and then curled back to the right pylon of the end zone. When he turned, Olson saw a zipping Martin aerial headed towards him, which he grabbed before cradling it to his body and making sure his feet were in-bounds.

Credit-UnionNearly as dramatic was the short flip from Martin which Olson turned into a 58-yard touchdown play. That tied the score at 33 with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter and forced overtime.

Olson concluded his evening with nine catches and 150 yards.

– Jeff Falk




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