But for the 10th-ranked Irish, those miscues were little more than annoyances in an otherwise perfect evening, made complete with a 31-10 win over Ferndale in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at Memorial Stadium.

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Sometimes, a shrug says it all.

So it could have been for O’Dea coach Monte Kohler on Friday night, his Fighting Irish behind him, raising their helmets — victorious — in front of the home stands.

Seven fumbles, three of them lost, do not often add up to a lopsided victory.

But for the 10th-ranked Irish, those miscues were little more than annoyances in an otherwise perfect evening, made complete with a 31-10 win over Ferndale in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at Memorial Stadium.

“It was obviously a tough game,” Kohler said. “The kids played hard, and that’s the big thing.”

The victory propels O’Dea (10-1) into the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the past six years. There, they’ll face the winner of Saturday’s game between Franklin and Capital. The Irish have already played both teams this season, losing to Capital in their opener and beating Franklin two weeks ago for the Metro League title.

Friday night’s game also was a rematch for O’Dea, which beat Ferndale 28-13 on Sept. 10.

“It’s hard to play a team twice,” Kohler said.

But O’Dea made it look easier than it might have been, capitalizing on four Ferndale turnovers to score 24 second-half points en route to a 10th straight double-digit win. The effort was led by a punishing ground game that rolled up 377 yards and a physical defense that stifled Ferndale’s high-scoring offense.

In other words, vintage O’Dea football.

“We did what we do,” said Kohler, who has the Irish in the state playoffs for the 17th consecutive season. “And we kind of widened it out there in the second half.”

If O’Dea’s gait quickened late, it was largely thanks to the running of senior Keenan Forch, who gained 114 of his game-high 148 yards in the third and fourth quarters, then added a 22-yard touchdown reception in the final two minutes.

Quarterback Kevin Miller also factored large in the victory, rushing for 72 yards, scoring on runs of 46 and 5 yards, passing for a touchdown and keeping the offense moving despite the sometimes sloppy play.

“Always good to win,” said Miller, walking to the bus after the game. “But now we’ve got to put this one behind us and get ready for the next one.”

For the Golden Eagles (8-3), it was a disappointing end to their eighth straight state appearance.

“Give O’Dea a ton of credit,” said Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich. “Other than them putting the ball on the ground a couple times, they executed really well.”