Connor Gregoire rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns as O’Dea took down Lakeside, 59-20, Friday night in a Metro League matchup.
Lakeside (2-6, 1-4 Metro) succeeded in fending off the fighting Irish during the first 24 minutes of play, responding to every touchdown and closely trailing, 24-20. But O’Dea ramped it up in the second half, shutting Lakeside out 25-0.
O’Dea’s run-first offense became increasingly effective as the game went on, while Lakeside’s reliance on passing faltered. Lakeside quarterback AJ Allen, who was averaging 208 passing yards per game coming into the match up, was held to only 160 yards. He completed 14 of his 43 attempts and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
However, the Lions certainly weren’t without their roar, and junior wide receivers Zander Bailey and Bennett Dondoyano were able to capitalize on holes in the O’Dea defense.
Dondoyano scored touchdowns on two of his three catches and Bailey picked up a touchdown of his own late in the second quarter, as well as a huge 45-yard catch early in the fourth.
But Gregoire pushed O’Dea ahead.
“It’s just great to have the holes to run through with the big men up front,” Gregoire said. “They’re always working their tails off at practice, so I got to give it up to them.”
O’Dea heads to the 3A Metro league playoffs, and head coach Monte Kohler is looking to tighten up his defense.
“We have to tackle better,” said Kohler. “We gotta continue to grow and make plays. That’s it. That’s the bottom line. When we go to playoffs, we better raise our game or it’ll be a short run.”
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