SEATTLE – The Gig Harbor High football team had trouble keeping up and wrapping up O’Dea running back Myles Gaskin.
Lightning strikes at halftime forced the game to be called. But by then, Gaskin had already recorded 191 rushing yards and two touchdowns and helped the No. 4 Fighting Irish to a 35-7 lead.
“You can’t simulate Myles Gaskin,” said Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler. “Our scout team does a great job every week, and our kids bust their tails on that scout group, but we don’t have Myles Gaskin. How do you get ready for him?”
As quickly as Gaskin approached the 200-yard mark, lighting was seen in the area and delayed the game. First a 30-minute delay at halftime, then one more before each team’s season-opening game was finally called.
O’Dea coach Monte Kohler has been head coach of the fighting Irish since 1985. How many times has this happened to him?
“Never,” he said. “Obviously it’s a good rule, but never had anything like this happen.”
The lighting strikes seemed to be the only answer Gig Harbor for Gaskin.
Gaskin’s first two carries resulted in minus-2 yards. But he racked 71 yards his third, reaching the endzone to give O’Dea a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Facing 4th-and-6 the next drive, Gaskin took the handoff and made a quick side-step left to dodge Gig Harbor’s Reese Carlson (committed to the University of Montana) and other would be tacklers, then used a burst of speed to get to the edge on his way to a 25-yard TD and a 21-0 lead for the Fighting Irish.
“There are things we didn’t do that he ended up doing on his own,” Kohler said. “He’s a tough kid.”
Gig Harbor got on the scoreboard the ensuing drive when Tide wide receiver Santana Johnson caught a Connor Scanlan pass near the goaline and bulled into the endzone to cut the lead to 21-7. Scanlan threw for 106 yards in the half.
But a pair of O’Dea running touchdowns, including a 5-yard keeper from quarterback Pierre Le Dorze with 22 seconds left in the half, put the Tide down four touchdowns before halftime.
Gig Harbor moved the ball well its final two drives of the half, and much better than it did in its 37-10 season-opening loss to O’Dea last year, but will have to wait until the Fish Bowl next week against Peninsula to see if it carries over.