The Gig Harbor High football team had trouble keeping up and wrapping up O’Dea’s Myles Gaskin.
Lightning strikes at halftime forced the game to be called. But by then, the running back had already piled up 191 rushing yards and scored twice in helping the No. 4 Fighting Irish to a 35-7 lead at West Seattle Stadium.
“You can’t simulate Myles Gaskin,” Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler said. “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. The contest likely will not be completed.
O’Dea coach Monte Kohler has been coach of the fighting Irish since 1985. How many times has he seen this happen?
“Never,” he said. “Obviously it’s a good rule, but never had anything like this happen.”
Gaskin’s first two carries resulted in minus-2 yards. But he racked 71 yards his third, reaching the end zone to give O’Dea a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Facing fourth-and-6 the next drive, Gaskin took the handoff and made a quick sidestep left to dodge would-be tacklers for a 25-yard TD and a 21-0 lead for the Fighting Irish.
Gig Harbor got on the scoreboard the ensuing drive when Tides wide receiver Santana Johnson caught a TD pass from Connor Scanlan, who threw for 106 yards.
Graham-Kapowsin 31, at Post Falls (Idaho) 21: Trailing 21-7, the Eagles rallied behind three TD passes from Trevor Asbjornsen to Dylan Campbell, and put the game away on Shannon Edwards’ 6-yard run which was set up by Teague James’ 68-yard scamper.
“They took it to us, and our kids were not used to it. It is a shock in the first game when guys are flying up and doing things,” Graham-Kapowsin coach Eric Kurle said. “But we made some changes up front, and played better later.”
South Kitsap 40, at Kentridge 0: Cooper Canton threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start at quarterback, and the Wolves beat the Chargers at French Field.
Wilson 12, at Decatur 7 (susp.): Right after Wilson’s Brandon Montgomery answered a Gators’ score with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the game was suspended with 2:15 remaining in the first half because of lightning.
The game at Memorial Stadium is scheduled to resume Saturday at 7 p.m.
Curtis 23, at Emerald Ridge 0 (susp.): Donnell Diego, Mitchell Hersey and Scott Wismer each had short touchdown runs for the Vikings before the game was called at halftime because of lightning.
The game at Sparks Stadium is scheduled to resume Saturday.