|Friday||Oct 14th||2016||3A Metro||Boys||Football|
O’Dea Dethrones Crusaders in Downtown Thriller
By Steve Dion
Friday night under the Space Needle at Memorial Stadium featured a heavyweight bout between #1 Eastside Catholic & #2 O’Dea. Both teams entered the contest undefeated with bragging rights as top dog in the state on the line and a fast-track to a league title.
It is never good to start with a three and out and that’s unfortunately what O’Dea did. The Crusaders made them pay when Ze’shaun Lewis connected with Marcus Stoebner for a 53-yard score less than 3 minutes into the contest.
O’Dea regrouped with a drive highlighted by some nice Jamyn Patu runs. Patu eventually punched it in from 10 yards out to tie it up.
If there was any doubt about Hunter Bryant’s recovery process from knee injury in the Skyview game, it was put to rest when he took a screen pass 72 yards to the house to put EC back on top.
The half ended with a bit of controversy when the Cru were on the doorstep of breaking the game open. With 5 seconds remaining in the second quarter, they opted for a corner fade to Bryant which was broken up by Dominique Gates. The scoreboard read triple zeros, but the officials claimed there was one second remaining. Eastside Catholic was able to boot in a field goal for a 17-7 lead at the break with a fire-breathing Monte Kohler making his way to the locker room.
The Crusaders received the ball to start the second half and within the first minute, an errant snap rolled into the endzone and resulted in a safety making it an 8 point game.
O’Dea built some momentum off this play and kept the Cru attack at bay throughout the 3rd quarter.
The Irish had a chance to tie it up pending a two point conversion early in the 4th, but were stuffed by a gutsy goal line stand from the Eastside defense and settled for 3 cutting the deficit to 5 points. The Cru regained possession and were on the move to seal it. As they moved into Irish territory, Dominique Gates hauled in a massive interception for O’Dea.
This time, they took full advantage of the opportunity and from six yards out O’Dea quarterback Warren King rolled out and bolted to the corner pylon to take the lead. There was some déjà vu on the two-point conversion as King dashed to the goal line giving his team a 3-point lead.
Eastside had their shot. They moved the ball down the field in a hurry and were facing a 4th down deep in O’Dea territory. A Lewis pass was broken up, but defensive pass interference gave them a fresh set of downs.
The Cru moved it to the 3 yard line and called a timeout with less than 20 seconds remaining. On third down, Lewis drops back, sees a receiver streaking across the goal line, he lets it fly. Interception. Shea Carstens. Ballgame. O’Dea hands Eastside Catholic their first in-state loss since the 2013 season. Stay tuned the remainder of the season, there may be a sequel!
The Final Score:
O’Dea 20, Eastside Catholic 17.
Warren King – 6 yard game-winning touchdown