The Class 3A No. 2 Fighting Irish fumble five times but recover each one against Class 4A No. 9 Skyview in a 38-7 win.
Typically errors don’t stand out in a big win.
O’Dea football coach Monte Kohler had to mention those committed against Skyview on Friday at Memorial Stadium. The Irish won the nonleague game 38-7, but five of their own fumbles that they recovered could’ve tilted the outcome.
“We got lucky; this could’ve been a dogfight,” Kohler said.
Instead, O’Dea began its scoring off a fumble from receiver Cole Daninger that tight end Myles Klingler scooped up and ran in for a touchdown with 9:41 left in the first quarter. The play put O’Dea up 7-0.
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“That might have been one of those things where everything was aligned, but we can’t count on that,” Kohler said. “We’ll lose games if we don’t get that straightened out.”
O’Dea, ranked second in The Seattle Times’ Class 3A rankings, continues to be able to count on its running game.
Senior Jamyn Patu finished with 157 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. He described the holes his linemen were creating as getting bigger as the game progressed. Patu closed out the scoring with a 46-yard touchdown run with 2:56 left in the game.
“Our running-back corps is something special,” Scott said. “We wore them (Skyview) down a little bit.”
O’Dea’s defense also helped contain Skyview, which is ranked ninth in The Seattle Times’ Class 4A rankings.
The Storm had one touchdown thwarted by an interception by J.P. Moriarty in the end zone with 1:25 left in the first quarter. And Skyview senior quarterback Max Rose was sacked for a loss of 15 yards when in scoring position with 6:23 left in the game.
Sophomore Jalynnee McGee scored the visitors’ lone touchdown off a 12-yard run with 8:36 left in the first half.
O’Dea (3-0) took a 17-7 lead into the break, scoring off a quarterback keeper from Scott and a 23-yard field goal by Stephen Powell as the opening half expired.
“They’re a tough offensive stop,” Skyview coach Steve Kizer said. “Against a good team like that, you better play error-free football, and we wish a couple of those balls (fumbles) would’ve bounced our way.”
The Storm (1-2) played its second game against a Metro League opponent, losing to No. 1 Eastside Catholic at home last week 49-21.
“That’ll be a fun game to watch,” Kizer said of the October matchup between O’Dea and Eastside. “I’d like to go, but we’ll be playing.”
O’Dea opens league play against Roosevelt on Thursday. The Irish won the Metro title last season, the 24th in school history.
“These (nonleague) games showed us what we’re capable of,” Patu said. “In the beginning of this game there was a lot of frustration because it took our offense a while to get going. But it ended up being a lot of fun. The backs, though, we’ve got to take care of the ball.”