As the clock ran out and Lakes watched its season end in a 28-25 loss to No. 9 O’Dea on Saturday night at Seattle Memorial Stadium, coach Dave Miller walked off the field thinking this game was an accurate summary of the Lancers season.
A lot of talent, but a lot of inconsistency.
Lakes spent the first three quarters shooting itself in the foot with mistakes and missed opportunities before roaring back into the game with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
But the greatness the Lancers displayed in the final quarter wasn’t enough to overcome its struggles the rest of the game. For the first time in nine years, Lakes will not be competing in the 3A state playoffs.
“This game was so similar to our season,” Miller said. “We show flashes of brilliance and then at other times we make mistakes. The inconsistencies we had tonight just didn’t allow us to get over the hump.”
Lakes quarterback Rhys Gervais led the fourth quarter comeback that saw the Lancers down 21-6 with a 64-yard TD pass to Marquin Russell. Lakes did not convert on the two-point conversion. Gervais finished the game with 266 yards passing and two touchdown passes.
The Lancers then caught O’Dea off guard with a perfectly placed pooch kick to the right sideline that was picked up by Chris Young. Gervais hit Russell for another big gain before keeping it himself from 10 yards out to cut the Fighting Irish lead to 21-19 with more than seven minutes to play.
O’Dea scored another touchdown the ensuing possession, but Gervais led the Lancers to another score with 2:08 to play on another TD pass to Russell, this time from 28 yards out.
But O’Dea quarterback Pierre Ledorze earned big gains against the Lakes defense all night – rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns – and he capped it off with a 16-yard gain on third-and-6 than allowed the Fighting Irish to run out the clock.