O’Dea’s winning streak against Bishop Blanchet lives to see another season.
It’s been 20 years since the Braves beat the Irish. That was the only loss O’Dea has suffered at the hands of Blanchet since Monte Kohler became head coach of the Irish in 1985.
Friday night at West Seattle Stadium, O’Dea kept that streak alive, shutting out Blanchet 35-0 in a Metro League Mountain Division rivalry game.
Coming into this game, O’Dea dealt with practice in a business-as-usual mindset.
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“Each week for us is kind of the same,” Kohler said. “We’ll just prepare like we normally do.”
Before Friday’s game, Blanchet (5-1, 2-1 Metro League) had only allowed 13 points against them this season. O’Dea (6-0, 2-0) proved to be the first real test for the Braves. It was also a matchup that the Irish was looking forward to.
“It was our first real competition since Issaquah, and it was a lot of fun,” O’Dea tailback Myles Gaskin said. “They gave us a good look, our defense stepped up, made a lot of plays, and our offense came through when we needed it the most.”
While Kohler said they couldn’t have any breakdowns, Blanchet coach Aaron Maul was after a bigger picture in the week leading up to the game.
Maul said this week that his team would have to be perfect as “we know that our opponent… is dangerous in many different forms.”
Those weapons were Gaskin, fullback Jack Flor and quarterback Pierre Le Dorze.
“People have to deal with all three,” Kohler said.
While Blanchet wasn’t perfect, they kept powerhouse back duo Gaskin and Flor to 162 and 37 yards respectively, and one touchdown each. LeDorze went 4-for-8 for 83 yards and one passing touchdown, and 72 rushing yards for two touchdowns.
It was O’Dea’s defense that really sealed the deal.
Before the game, Kohler said the key for them would be to play together. The Irish did just that, with their defense leading the way.
Maul said he thought it was O’Dea’s defense that gave them the edge.
Even star O’Dea running back Gaskin agreed.
“Our defense, by far,” Gaskin said.
Davarea Proctor and Justus Ross both intercepted passes from Blanchet’s Alex Freeman in the first half, and Jarius McDade recovered a fumble early in the game. Ross picked off Freeman again in the second half.
While O’Dea had 354 yards of total offense, they limited Blanchet to 243.
O’Dea’s defense even did what no team this season has been able to do yet by slowing running back Oshea Trujillo, who finished with just 77 yards on 16 carries.
“Since I’ve been at the school, O’Dea has had their way with us,” Maul said.