West Seattle Stadium cleared out about as fast as, well, lightning.
It’s not the end anyone saw coming – or wanted – but the Gig Harbor versus O’Dea football game ended suddenly Thursday night.
O’Dea went into the half with a comfortable 35-7 lead, and that would be it for the Fighting Irish’s season opener, which was suspended due to weather.
O’Dea head coach Monte Kohler said both schools’ coaches and athletic directors would decide on Friday morning how to resolve the suspended game.
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Despite the boos from the crowd and some frustrated parents at the game, coaches didn’t seem all that upset.
“I’m happy that both teams got out of here healthy, and that’s always the most important thing,” Kohler said.
There may have been lightning in the area, but there was another electrical storm on the field. The night was harrowing enough for Gig Harbor’s defense despite playing just 30 minutes of football.
O’Dea’s powerhouse running back Myles Gaskin ran for nearly 200 yards in the first half alone — including touchdown runs of 71 and 25 yards.
The offensive line helped, too, allowing quarterback Pierre Le Dorze lots of time to get the ball off. The passing game struggled, with Le Dorze going 3 for 9 in the first half, but the big completed passes made up for the incompletes.
In O’Dea’s first drive, Le Dorze completed a 30-yard pass to tight end Alexei Oro to get the Irish inside the 5-yard line. Le Dorze carried on the next play for a touchdown to put the first points on the board.
It was a run-first game for O’Dea all around. Between Oro, Le Dorze and fullback Jack Flor, O’Dea marched down the field without much resistance. Le Dorze was responsible for two touchdowns on the ground while Flor scored on a 6-yard run and Gaskin accounted for the other two.
“Myles and Pierre and Jack — they all just stepped up and made plays,” Kohler said. “We have a long way to go, but it was a good start for us.”
Gig Harbor had its moments, too.
With O’Dea up by 21 in the first quarter, Tides quarterback Connor Scanlan completed a19-yard touchdown pass to Santana Johnson gave Gig Harbor its first points of the game.
Overall, however, O’Dea’s defense proved too solid for Gig Harbor. The Fighting Irish stifled the run game, and Scanlon didn’t have much time in the backfield to get the ball off.
Despite the score, Kohler thinks there’s still work to do for O’Dea.
“We’ve got to execute better offensively and tackle better defensively,” he said.
With a solid 30-minute performance, though, they’ll certainly have something to build on.