Surviving a furious fourth-quarter Olympia rally, Auburn held on to defeat the Bears, 41-38, in a Class 4A district football playoff game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
Olympia, which scored 14 unanswered points late, failed to secure an onside kick with just over a minute left, allowing Auburn to take a knee and secure the victory.
Auburn, which features a wing-back offense, had two key components back – star halfback Harold Lee and quarterback Brier Atkinson. Both were previously injured in a 43-0 loss to Federal Way on Oct. 19. Lee sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit and Atkinson suffered a minor neck injury while being blocked after an interception.
The Trojans did not feature Lee as much as usual. He finished 88 total yards.
Filling in as the key feature playmaker for Auburn was diminutive senior running back Darnell Hagans. Standing at 5-foot-5, Hagans used patience to find small creases in between the tackles. With his water bug type quickness, he danced his way to 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Casey Bond ran for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Bears.