WXXV Student Athlete of the Week: Charlie Olsen

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For the first time in the history of St. Patrick High School, their football team has a 3-game win streak. Also breaking records is sophomore running back Charlie Olsen, who has quickly become a key piece in the Fighting Irish Offense.

With a combined record of 20-83 over the past 10 seasons, success on the football field for St. Patrick High school has been few and far between, but this year things feel different for the Fighting Irish, who has gotten out to a 5-1 start this season.

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Attributing to their hot start is Sophomore running back Charlie Olsen, who rushed for a school record 294 yards and 3 touchdowns in last Friday’s 39-7 win over Bogue Chitto.
Now if you ask Olsen what he saw, his mentality, or just what he was thinking while he was well on his way to a school record. “You don’t really think as much in the game, it’s all adrenaline you see the holes, it’s just like, you just go, i mean, you see the open holes and it’s just real good…It really gives us a sense of pride in our school, we feel like the leaders of our school, we feel like we got everybody on our backs. we’re just trying to lead our school to success,” says Olsen.

A converted wide receiver, Olsen is still learning the position, which makes you wonder, was last week’s performance just him scratching the surface? Head coach, Trey Bailey says this is just the beginning, “He’s getting better every day, like I said, as Charlie goes behind our line, so goes the offense, and I think the statistics will tell you that at this point in the year.”

While still an underclassman, Olsen will surely be in line to see improvements over the next 3 years. However, he’s not necessarily worried about on-the-field changes. “I’m a little more on the quiet side when it comes to things, as I get older and develop on the team I want to be a little more of a leader.”

The Fighting Irish will look for their first district win since 2014 on Friday night when they travel up north to face North Forest.

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