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QB LeDorze leads O'Dea over Lakes, 28-25
By Jayson Jenks
Seattle Times staff reporter
O'Dea quarterback Pierre LeDorze is used to the big stage, having helped O'Dea reach the state finals a year ago as a sophomore.
But Saturday, against Lakes in the round of 32, LeDorze would need to shoulder even more responsibility with running back Myles Gaskin out with an injury.
LeDorze responded with one of his finest games this season, rushing for 184 yards, completing 4 of 6 passes for 60 yards and totaling three touchdowns in No. 5 O'Dea's 28-25 win against Lakes.
It's the 19th straight time O'Dea has made the state playoffs under O'Dea coach Monte Kohler. O'Dea plays University from Spokane in the first round.
"That's just him," Kohler said of LeDorze. "He did that last year for us as a sophomore. He had to carry the load because we didn't have Myles. A lot of those were Myles' plays. We asked a lot of him, and he delivered."
In a game featuring two traditional powers, O'Dea and Lakes traded most of their punches in a back-and-forth second half. After LeDorze's 8-yard TD to Alexei Oro gave O'Dea a 21-6 lead early in the fourth quarter, Lakes rallied.
Lakes quarterback Rhys Gervais hit Marquin Russell for a 64-yard touchdown, and Lakes recovered the ensuing kickoff. Gervais tacked on a 10-yard touchdown shortly after, cutting O'Dea's lead to 21-19 midway through the fourth.
Yet O'Dea answered as LeDorze drove his team down the field. Jack Flor capped the fourth-quarter drive with a powerful 11-yard touchdown run.
Lakes would get one more score — a 28-yard strike from Gervais to Russell — but O'Dea picked up enough first downs to run out the clock and hold on.
LeDorze scored on a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a bruising 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
"I was just running hard," LeDorze said. "I knew it was playoff time, and I've got to do my best."
Gervais finished 20 for 31 for 270 yards and three touchdowns. O'Dea running back Tatum Taylor tacked on 73 yards on 14 carries.
Eastside Catholic 27, Meadowdale 13
Crusaders quarterback Trey Reynolds, on fourth-and-goal from the 6, hit fellow senior Hayden Meier in the back of the end zone for a touchdown, giving Eastside Catholic a 20-13 lead in the fourth quarter that would prove enough.
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