Friday, November 23, at 9 a.m at the Tacoma Dome (Tacoma)
12-0 overall (5-0 in league) in Metro-Mountain division
11-1 overall (7-1 in league) in Kingco 3A
What's at Stake?
A spot in the 3A State title game next weekend at the Gridiron Classic at the Tacoma Dome against the winner of the Skyline vs. Franklin-Pierce game.
The Irish have reached the semifinals in fine form, beating their first three opponents by an average of over 34 points per game. As is the norm this season, senior running back Johri Fogerson has led the way for O'Dea. Fogerson was electrifying last weekend during O'Dea's 42-7 quarterfinal win over Meadowdale, scoring on his first two carries, and finishing the night with 202 yards and 4 touchdowns. Quarterback Donald Lisowski, who scored two rushing touchdowns last week, and Johri Fogerson's younger brother Zach, also power the Irish running game. The stout O'Dea defense has been even better in the postseason, allowing less than a touchdown per game. The Irish are only allowing 66 yards rushing per game, but that number should be tested by a talented Bellevue running game.
Bellevue has bounced back in a big way after an early season loss to top ranked Skyline. Since that game, the Wolverines are not only undefeated, but have dominated just about every opponent, with their closest game coming in the opening round game against Newport, when the Wolverines won 21-10. As usual, this Bellevue is fueled by their Wing-T offense. Averaging over 278 yards rushing per game, the Wolverines offensive line imposes their will on opposing defenses. Four-star offensive lineman David Decastro leads the way, opening holes for a gifted stable of Wolverine backs. Senior running back Peter Nguyen leads the team in rushing with 1003 yards, but Rusty Haehl, Ladell Carroll, and Jamal Atofau have all been productive in the backfield. First year starter Tommy Castle has done a great job after taking over the reigns of the offense from Eric Block this season. The Wolverines defense has also been great this year, but will face their stiffest test this week, with Johri Fogerson in the opposing backfield.
The combination of an inexplicably early start, and two run oriented offenses means this game could be over before lunch. This game is a showcase of two of the most storied programs in the state, and should be one of the best games of the year. The star power of Johri Fogerson will be just enough for the Irish, as O'Dea advances to the finals, 28-21.