Metro League | Fogerson's dash lifts O'Dea
O'Dea running back Johri Fogerson wanted to be in a tough game to make him better. The Irish junior got what he wanted. Fogerson scored three touchdowns...
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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — O'Dea running back Johri Fogerson wanted to be in a tough game to make himself better.
The Irish junior got what he wanted. Fogerson scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner, in a hard-fought 21-14 victory over No. 10 Bainbridge in a Metro League Mountain Division football showdown Friday night.
Fogerson scored the winning touchdown on a 51-yard run, breaking off the left side and racing past Spartans defenders to the end zone with 2 minutes, 23 seconds remaining. Brian Sherman's extra-point kick provided the final margin.
Fogerson finished with 124 yards on 14 carries. His backfield mate, Isaac Watson, added 105 yards on 21 carries.
"It was good blocking," Fogerson said. "Everyone did their job, and I did what I had to do to get in the end zone."
O'Dea coach Monte Kohler said of Fogerson, "He stepped up and did a nice job. That's what we expected from him."
The win was the third straight for O'Dea (3-2 overall, 2-0 Metro). The Spartans (4-1, 1-1) suffered their first loss.
Bainbridge had tied the game 14-14 on a 45-yard keeper by quarterback Quinton Agosto, sending a crowd of about 2,000 Spartans fans into a frenzy. Agosto also threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Gilbreath in the first quarter to start the scoring.
"We wanted to be in a dogfight," Fogerson said. "That's what we wanted, because that would make us better."
The Irish got better with the return of Quinton Richardson and Donnie Lisowski from injuries. Richardson played only on defense, while Lisowski came in at quarterback in the second quarter in place of starter Quinn Kelly.
After Agosto's touchdown, O'Dea got the ball back at its 37-yard line. Four plays later, on third-and-11 at O'Dea's 49, Fogerson broke loose on his winning run. The Irish defense then stopped the Spartans' next two drives, the latter ending as time ran out.
O'Dea held Bainbridge to 204 total yards, with Agosto completing only 9 of 21 passes for 77 yards.
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