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November 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM

O’Dea defense: “They get no soup”

The O’Dea defense has adopted a new mantra. It’s more reminiscent of this famous Seinfeld episode than a defensive stop, but it’s working for an O’Dea unit that has given headaches to the two opposing offenses since the motto’s inception.

“No soup.”

It’s that simple. Just two words.

“That’s what they get; they get no soup,” defensive tackle Jarius McDade said. “It’s kind of something the defense kind of has. Our coach said it one game. When you’re giving handouts to someone, you give them soup … . You don’t get handouts, you don’t get no soup. Not from the defense. The offense gets all the soup. Our offense gets all the soup. The other team, they don’t get no soup.”

Understand? The players didn’t right away, either.

“Nobody really knew what it meant,” running back Myles Gaskin said. “Then after the game, they told us what it meant. It’s just been run with since. We were just like, ‘What? What is that?’ Kind of threw us off before the game. Then we were like, ‘All right, whatever, no soup. We’ll roll with it.’”

There you have it. No soup.

In the two games since the Irish have adopted that saying, the results have been good. They held Mount Si to seven points and then allowed 20 to Mountain View last week, although 14 of those came after the game was long decided in the fourth quarter. O’Dea is hoping its new catchphrase will help them stifle an Eastside Catholic offense that had some success during a 63-45 Irish win on Oct. 18.

O’Dea and fellow Metro League Mountain Division foe Eastside Catholic face off at the Tacoma Dome on Friday at 7 p.m. in a 3A state semifinal matchup.

Whether Eastside Catholic will get any soup, that remains to be seen.

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