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Originally published October 18, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified October 18, 2008 at 3:37 AM

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Metro | Eastside Catholic beats O'Dea 17-14 in double OT

At halftime with his team trailing, Eastside Catholic coach Bill Marsh told his team, "Quinn [Sinser] is going to win it for us in the end...

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At halftime with his team trailing, Eastside Catholic coach Bill Marsh told his team, "Quinn [Sinser] is going to win it for us in the end."

What Marsh didn't know is that it would take two overtimes to do it.

But Sinser's 25-yard field goal in the second OT period was the difference Friday night as the eighth-ranked Crusaders beat No. 7 O'Dea 17-14.

It was the first time Eastside Catholic has defeated O'Dea since 1993 and puts the Crusaders (6-1, 4-0) into the Metro League title game in two weeks against West Seattle.

Sinser had missed an extra-point attempt in the first half, but he said he wasn't nervous when he went out to kick the game-winner.

"I just knew it [would be good]," he said. "When I saw it go between the goal posts, I've never felt anything better in my entire life."

The loss dropped O'Dea to 5-2, 3-1 and means for the first time this century the Irish won't be in the Metro title game.

There was plenty of drama in overtime of the Mountain Division showdown. A.J. Hostek, a 140-pounder, blocked a 38-yard O'Dea field-goal attempt in the first overtime that would have won the game. Mike Bush, making a rare appearance on defense, intercepted an O'Dea pass in the second OT.

Eastside Catholic's first overtime possession ended when a fourth-down pass was batted down. The Crusaders appeared to score on a 5-yard run by Marion Bactol in the second OT, but it was nullified by a holding penalty and set the stage for Sinser's heroics.

Kellen Matsumo scored both touchdowns for Eastside Catholic in regulation, scoring on a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter and 17-yard run in the fourth. O'Dea junior quarterback Gabe Lee threw for a touchdown and ran for another. He hit Alonzo Jackson for a 14-yard TD in the second quarter that built a 7-6 lead and plunged over on a quarterback sneak that tied the game 14-14 with 1:17 to play after Michael Grady's conversion kick.

On O'Dea's previous possession in regulation, the Irish lost the ball on a fumble at the EC 5-yard-line by John Buhrman, who was the Irish top receiver with six catches for 60 yards.

Lee completed 12 of 16 passes for 129 yards with the TD and two interceptions.

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O'Dea was without two starters because of injury linebacker Allen Mooney and fullback Zach Fogerson. EC was without wide receiver Spencer Esau.

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