Xavier Blue HS Sports Contributor – NW FACTS Media Group
Upon the arrival to Eastside High campus you could anticipate the rivalry in the air from the smell of the food, the sounds of the marching band, and the noise from both crowds. “Tailgating” certainly does not do it justice.
Eastside Catholic “EC” vs O’dea both came into the game undefeated in 3A play. It’s No.1 vs No.2. The pregame energy had the possibility of being one of the best games ever written all over it. The buildup of the game comes on the heels of EC’s 2016 20-17 loss to O’dea.
The game started off the way most expected it to with EC’s high explosive offense showing up in the opening drive with #2 Zach Lewis going deep to #6 David Pritchard for 86 yards. This brought the crowd to its feet early. After a stall out drive by O’dea due to penalties, EC regains possession on its own 15-yard line. Lewis remained composed in the pocket once again to find #13 Gee Scott Jr deep for an 84-yard touchdown pass up the sideline against press coverage. The crowd didn’t have a chance to take a seat before the score board showed 14-0 in favor of EC. It didn’t take O’dea long to answer back. If you blink you would have missed senior running back #2 Davyn Patu’s 65-yard touchdown run. The first play following the kickoff, bringing the game score to 14-7. Patu would finish the game with 167 yards on 18 carries. Lewis would connect one more time mid second quarter to #25 DJ Rogers for a 20-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 98-yard drive. This brought the score to 21-7, which would eventually be the final score.
Lewis would finish his night after going down with a left ankle injury with 330 passing yards and 3 touchdowns before halftime. This would eventually change the dynamics of EC’s offense from passing the ball to running behind backup quarterback #10 Hayden Harris. O’dea’s defense would stand the test by shutting down the running game of EC. However, O’dea couldn’t find an answer offensively after going away from Patu in the second half and lacking a true passing game.