O'Dea races past Eastside Catholic, 55-27
O'Dea won a Metro League game featuring 11 touchdowns, 17 penalties and 82 points.
Special to The Seattle Times
WEST SEATTLE — The Metro League rivalry between O'Dea and Eastside Catholic has produced some great games over the last 10 years. This one was just plain crazy.
O'Dea won 55-27 behind Michael Martin's 160 yards rushing and Tatum Taylor's three touchdowns.
But the contest was far from a blowout, as the mile-a-minute score might indicate. With 11 touchdowns, 17 penalties and two turnovers, the clock moved at a snail's pace and kept both teams from building any real momentum.
"I don't think either team got any kind of rhythm," said O'Dea coach Monte Kohler, whose team improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Metro Mountain Division.
The teams exploded for 31 points in the second quarter and scored on five straight possessions. In the second half, they combined for 41 points, scoring on six consecutive possessions.
O'Dea rushed for 300 yards and five touchdowns. Jayshawn Jordan had two scores and Taylor added two touchdowns on the ground and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score.
Leading 7-3, the Irish converted on a third-and-36 as quarterback Kevin Miller hit Taylor streaking down the left side for a 39-yard pass. The next play saw Jordan run 22 yards untouched up the middle.
Eastside Catholic (4-2, 1-2) responded by converting a third-and-long of its own. A 44-yard pass from Trey Reynolds to Jake Springfield moved the ball deep into Irish territory, and an 18-yard trick pass put the Crusaders in the end zone. Wide receiver Peter Kimble took a reverse and lobbed a cross-field pass to the quarterback, Reynolds, to cut O'Dea's lead to 14-10.
Taylor then took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a momentum-grabbing score, and O'Dea stretched its lead to 42-13 with a fumble recovery in the end zone by Devante Curry.
"It was an awkward game," Eastside Catholic coach Jason Gesser said. "We did a lot of good things, but the fumble in the end zone and, really, that kickoff return were two big plays that turned the game."