Sports Roundup - Spartans shut out by Fighting Irish/Harriers do well at Invite

Bainbridge running back Dayton Gilbreath is tackled in last year’s game against O’Dea. The senior running back stood on the sideline in street clothes as the Spartans were blanked by the Fighting Irish 35-0. Bainbridge has never beaten O’Dea in Metro League play.  - Brad Camp/File Photo
Bainbridge running back Dayton Gilbreath is tackled in last year’s game against O’Dea. The senior running back stood on the sideline in street clothes as the Spartans were blanked by the Fighting Irish 35-0. Bainbridge has never beaten O’Dea in Metro League play.
— image credit: Brad Camp/File Photo

Bainbridge is in must-win mode in order to reach the playoffs.

WEST SEATTLE – It was a game the Bainbridge football team needed, no matter who was able to suit up for them.

But no matter who they had out there, they were no match for the fourth-ranked O’Dea Fighting Irish, who blanked the Spartans 35-0 Friday night at West Seattle Stadium.

It’s the first time that Bainbridge has been shut out since O’Dea did it in October of 2005 when they beat the Spartans 19-0 in Seattle.

“Realistically, we knew it was going to be that type of game,” head coach Andy Grimm said. “Even on our best years, where our talent level is as close as we can (get) to them, we have to play error-free football.

“You can’t dig a hole against these guys.”

Kiyle Playter, who starts at guard and linebacker, felt the Irish had the size advantage, but they didn’t come out ready to play.

“We came out flat,” he said. “We just didn’t play as a team.”

The Spartans were without starting fullback Dayton Gilbreath, who was out with a high ankle sprain, and starting guard Gary French, who is suffering from two hip flexors.

Mario McLaughlin got some time at running back, while Ian Powell filled in at defensive end.

“He’s going against guys that are 290,” Grimm said of Powell, a senior who stands at 5-6 and weighs 175 pounds. “But he had tackles all over the field. So that was fun to see. He’s a great fighter.”

The Fighting Irish got the scoring started in the first quarter when Chandler Gayton returned the first punt for a touchdown after the O’Dea defense forced Bainbridge into a three-and-out.

Kyle Szarzynski recovered a fumble on the Fighting Irish’s next possession, but the O’Dea defense forced them to punt on another three-and-out.

O’Dea scored on a nine-yard run by Rory Loftus, then after forcing a turnover on downs, they scored again when quarterback Donald Lisowski found wide receiver Steve Van Gaber for a 37-yard score.

In the second quarter, running back Johri Fogerson scored from four yards out.

Mike Walsh tried to get something going when he picked off a Lisowski pass late in the second quarter, but Gayton picked off Jordan Wagner three plays later.

After a big Fighting Irish kickoff return to open up third quarter, Fogerson did the work to get Lisowski close enough to score from 18 yards out.

Max Olson made a big play with an 86-yard return to the O’Dea 16-yard line on the ensuing kickoff, but Wagner was picked off again by cornerback Peter Lucas.

“We tried a different game plan (by) coming out passing (instead of) being able to feed it to Dayton and stretch them with Ross (Cobb),” Grimm said. “It’s tough to throw your sophomore quarterback in that kind of pressure, but I thought he did a good job.

“He got some happy feet and got into trouble a few times, but it’s going to build him for the future.”

That was it for scoring on either side. The Fighting Irish drove down the field, but Pat Farricker missed a 29-yard field goal attempt as he slipped on the wet grass.

Colin Feldtman came in for Wagner and tried to bring a spark, but the Fighting Irish defense was too quick, as they turned the ball over on downs on their last drive in the fourth quarter.

“Ross has good corner speed but they’ve got backside linebackers that can chase him down,” Grimm said. “Their backside guys are as fast as our fastest guys.”

O’Dea did what they could by running the ball and connecting on a few passes to run the clock out.

With the two toughest games out of the way, Bainbridge must now win out to have any chance of making it into the playoffs.

They play Lakeside Friday for their annual homecoming game, then take on Seattle Prep next Thursday at home.

The Spartans then travel to Bishop Blanchet Oct. 20 to round out the season.

Grimm told the team afterward they have to treat it as a three game series and win out.

“You always look at kids to see how they react (to adversity),” he said. “Coaching-wise, it’ll be fun to see how they react.”

“They’ve got a good opportunity if they take care of business over the next three weeks,” Grimm continued. “But we knew these two weeks were going to be tough because of the talent level” they were facing.

Bainbridge hopes to get back Gilbreath and French at or near full-strength for Friday’s game and get other players healthy like Szarzynski, who is suffering from ankle problems as well.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Harriers do well at Invite

The Bainbridge girls’ cross country team took tenth at the Mt. Baker Invitational at Silver Lake Park in Deming, 15 miles east of Bellingham.

Emily Farrar was tenth overall with a time of 18:52.

Hayley Trageser was 32nd with a time of 19:50, while Annie Taylor was 39th with a time of 19:57.

Zoe Worthington took 133rd with a time of 22:06, while Kristin Cox took 167th with a time of 22:53.

Mary Forbes was 171st with a time of 22:54 and Rebecca Sharar was 173rd with a time of 22:58.

On the boys’ side, Ian Shiach and Matt Tetlow turned in times of 16:55 and 18:25, respectively.

Max Welch had a time of 17:14, while Josh Larkin had a time of 17:43 and Stephen Vassiliadis had a time of 17:48.

Willy Wenzlau had a time of 18:00.

The Spartans take on Nathan Hale, Eastside Catholic and Bishop Blanchet today at Battle Point Park in their only home meet of the year.

The women start at 3:40 p.m. while the men start at 4:20 p.m.

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