Olivetathletics.com is counting down the top 10 Olivet High School sports stories of 2017-18. Here is No. 2…
After a two-year hiatus, the Olivet varsity football team re-claimed supremacy in the Greater Lansing Activities Conference this past fall, winning all five of its league games en route to an outright championship.
The Eagles thoroughly dominated GLAC competition, outscoring opponents by an accumulative score of 195-52. They were most impressive during a 34-6 road win at Lakewood, which had captured the previous two league titles.
As a result, the boys of fall are the No. 2 Olivet High School sports story of 2017-18.
Coach Gabe Priddy’s team also was relevant on a state level after starting the season with eight consecutive victories. The excitement peaked in mid-October when the Eagles came from behind to defeat nemesis Berrien Springs, 27-17, in front of an electric crowd at Olivet Stadium.
In addition, the local squad reached the MHSAA playoffs for the 10th straight season.
Six Olivet players earned all-GLAC first team recognition. They were seniors Brad Sinclair, Gabe Moore, Justice Miller, Nick Jungel and Jackson Maduri, along with sophomore Heath Flower.
Statistically, Jungel and Flower were sensational. Jungel, a defensive end, finished the season with 93 tackles despite teams running away from him most of the season. He was especially good against Berrien Springs (17 tackles) and Lansing Catholic (19). As for Flower, a running back, he rushed for 1,454 yards on 174 carries for an eye-opening 8.4 yards-per-carry average. He also scored 23 touchdowns.
Moore, a dominant offensive lineman, earned all-state honors from the Michigan High School Football Coaches’ Association despite suffering a season-ending knee injury in early October.