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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

August 31, 2007 at 11:30 AM

The first breakout candidate

After day 1 of the football season, O’Dea senior Johri Fogerson clearly emerged as a player to watch for this season. With five touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving, Fogerson demonstrated two things:

1) Even without Isaac Watson and Quinton Richardson, two of the area’s best runners a year ago, O’Dea should have a potent offense to accompany that experienced defense.

2) That O’Dea line is pretty good. Fogerson had two touchdown runs where he was hardly touched, and his receiving touchdown was on a screen pass set up by plenty of great blocks.

I want to talk about one of his touchdowns, but it’s not Fogerson I want to focus on. It’s his quarterback, Donald Lisowski, who had an ordinary night passing in the Irish 34-6 win, but his one block really got fifth-ranked O’Dea going when the game was still for the taking in the first half.

Lisowski handed off to Fogerson for what appeared to be a sweep to the left, but when Fogerson didn’t see any room to run, he turned back toward the right sideline. Two Enumclaw defenders tried to cut him off, and that’s when Lisowski threw himself into them to clear the way. In the story today, I believe I called it “pad-crackling.” And just like that, a potential run for a loss turns into a 10-yard touchdown made for the video yearbook.

On another note, if O’Dea senior fullback Sam Schultz-Ramsey doesn’t play another down of organized football, he will have left it with a standing ovation and a run he won’t forget. Schultz-Ramsey, who spent most of the first half blocking for his teammate Ferguson, took his third carry in the third quarter and rumbled 28 yards up the middle. But as Enumclaw took him down, his leg and the field had a disagreement. The field won, and Schultz-Ramsey broke his leg. His family surrounded him on the field for about a half-hour until he was loaded into an ambulance. Before they closed the doors, Fogerson finished the drive with a touchdown, and it was either a police officer or a paramedic who looked into the ambulance and said, “That touchdown was for you.”

This might seem like a lot to say about one team on one night, but I’m getting to a larger point: that even in one nonconference high-school game, all these stories, and all the emotions that go along with them, are on display. We see a guy who sat behind two of the area’s best for years get his chance, and then show what was there all along. If Tom Brady makes Lisowski’s block, it’s on ESPN for weeks. Peter King would be writing about it five years from now. These are the stories I hope to bring you all season.

Morning stars

This is a feature of the blog that should pick up once all the sports get going. We’ll go over the previous night’s results and pick the three most noteworthy performances. If you have one you think should make it, e-mail me at twyrwich@seattletimes.com or comment here on the blog.

1) Johri Ferguson, RB/DB, O’Dea. His first five-touchdown game helps O’Dea get retribution for last year’s upset at Enumclaw. Also had an interception.

2) Stephen Tucker, RB, South Kitsap. Takes 33 carries for 199 yards and a touchdown in tough loss to Kentwood.

3) Demetrius Bronson, RB, Kentwood. University of Washington recruit breaks free with a 68-yard run to give the Conquerors the win.

Tonight’s top games

1) Skyline at Bellevue, football, 7:30 p.m. The KingCo 3A title could be on the line in the season’s first week in a contest between likely Class 3A title contenders. I’m there.

2) Eastlake at Mercer Island, football, 7:30 p.m. First chance to see quarterback Ryan Robertson in action.

3) Kennedy vs. Bishop Gorman, football, 8:30 p.m. (at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas). With an opening game 18 hours away, we’ll see how where last year’s 3A runner-ups stand.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this link from Ohio, where a high-school senior pulled off a prank you have to read to believe. He passed out posters to the fans of rival Darby High School, and told them to raise them at a certain point in the game to spell “GO DARBY.” Instead, it read, “WE SUCK.” You can see the video right here.

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