The Fighting Irish of O’Dea racked up an impressive 406 yards on the ground in route to a 29-7 victory in their WIAA 3A football semi-final game against Kennewick Saturday night at Pop Keeney Field in Bothell.
O’Dea jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead as K’son Mika scored two second quarter touchdowns for the Irish.
In the third quarter, O’Dea increased their lead to 22-0 when quarterback Milton Hopkins, Jr. connected with receiver Cooper Mathers on an 8-yard touchdown pass.
Kennewick showed a little life in the fourth quarter as they recovered an O’Dea fumble and returned it to the O’Dea 11. On the next play, Lions’ quarterback Elijah Tanner scampered in for an 11-yard touchdown run to put Kennewick on the scoreboard at 22-7.
But it was Mika who sealed the O’Dea victory as he rumbled up the middle for a 54-yard touchdown run to give the Irish a 29-7 lead.
With the win, O’Dea (12-0) advances to the WIAA State 3A title game in the rematch of the 2018 game with Metro League rival Eastside Catholic. The Crusaders, the 2018 WIAA 3A champions, earned a spot in the championship game with a 34-21 victory of the Lincoln Abes.