Eastside Catholic players told themselves they were a team of destiny all week long and they must be right.
They beat O’Dea 17-14 in double-overtime tonight to set up an interesting matchup with West Seattle in two weeks (Oct. 31) at Seattle Memorial Stadium for the Metro title. It will be the first time this decade that O’Dea won’t be in the title game.
Eastside Catholic hadn’t defeated O’Dea since 1993. That was one year before coach Bill Marsh took over as coach.
It was a joyous scene at West Seattle Stadium after Quinn Sinser’s 25-yard kick went through the uprights. EC students mobbed their team on the field. EC is having quite a fall – their new campus opened on the Sammamish Plateau and now all this football success.
EC will represent the Mountain Division in the title game and West Seattle, which beat unpredictable Rainier Beach 20-16, will represent the Sound Division.
O’Dea, which earlier lost to West Seattle, will play Beach for third place in two weeks.
The title game shapes up as a battle of dangerous ground attacks with enough passing thrown in so defenses can’t relax.
This coming Thursday, EC will get a visit from Seattle Prep and West Seattle will be heavily favored against Chief Sealth. The best Metro game Thursday looks to me like Rainier Beach playing Franklin at 7 o’clock at Memorial Stadium. The schools are neighbors, Franklin just dropped to 3A, and this could be a prelude to a much-anticipated boys basketball game in January.