Down 14-7 early to Eastside Catholic on Saturday, O’Dea never went away from what it does best: run the ball. The Irish, facing by far their greatest challenge, passed only six time against the Crusaders, and they had no reason to stop running.
When a team can run like O’Dea did, it makes a team awfully difficult to beat. I termed the Irish’s mammoth offensive line today as “a buffet’s worst nightmare,” but even behind that line, it takes some quality runners to go for 367 yards, which was O’Dea’s total on Saturday.
Running back Johri Fogerson, who ran for 227 yards, doesn’t simply burst through holes; on several of his long runs, he goes against the grain. And QB Donny Lisowski is ideal for the offense; his wheels are deceiving. That was UW recruit Vince Taylor (who, by the way, is spectacular) that Lisowski cruised past on the 69-yard touchdown that put the Irish ahead for good.
What should be interesting is how O’Dea’s game plan holds up against the bigger teams the Irish will surely see in the postseason. Because as long as they run the ball this well, they should stay on the list of undefeated teams.
The list is down to only 15 after week six, and I put an end to listing teams by conference. Let’s simply list them by class (a reminder: these are only AREA teams). It’s simpler that way, and let’s us start thinking more about the postseason.
This week’s casualties: Kamiak (lost 35-7 to Edmonds-Woodway), Eastside Catholic (lost 28-14 to O’Dea) and Evergreen (lost 23-22 to Renton).
1. Johri Fogerson, O’Dea, football. Eastside Catholic just couldn’t stop him on the way to 227 yards rushing, plus an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
2. Joey Bywater, Lake Stevens, boys cross-country. Ran the 3-mile in 15 seconds 6 seconds to win the Richland Invitational.
3. Carlin Huegli, Edmonds-Woodway, girls soccer. Scored four goals in 6-0 victory against Mariner.