Eastside Catholic rolls past Cleveland, 50-8, to claim No. 3 seed in playoffs
Harley Kirsch threw for 215 yards in the first half to lead the Crusaders to a 50-0 halftime lead in their rout of the Eagles.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Eastside Catholic just stole the show.
In a game deciding the Metro League’s No. 3 and 4 seeds in the Round of 32 next weekend, the Crusaders proved why they deserved to move forward as No. 3. Memorial Stadium belonged to Eastside Catholic Friday night, as they beat Cleveland 50-8 after building a 50-0 halftime lead.
“We’re always looking for playing with each other for as long as possible,” Eastside Catholic coach Jeremy Thielbahr said. “They just want to keep playing football together because they love each other.”
At halftime, Eastside Catholic had 341 yards total offense, with five different players scoring seven touchdowns.
Crusader quarterback Harley Kirsch was 11-for-16 at halftime for 215 yards and three passing touchdowns — two to Matt Laris and one to Colin Boit, who just returned from a broken leg. But Kirsch had plenty of help on the ground, too, as Henry Jarvis rushed for two touchdowns in the first half.
In the second half, Eastside Catholic gave its substitutes a chance to get in the game. The Crusaders finished with 401 yards total offense.
Cleveland was held to only 69 yards total offense, 55 of which were rushing.
Eastside Catholic dominated all around. Its defense intercepted four passes and forced four fumbles, two of which the Crusaders recovered.
“We’ve been harping on them to take the ball away, strip the ball, continue to aggressively attack the football, and they did that today, and we need to continue to work on that,” Thielbahr said. “It’s all about take-aways and holding onto it in high school football.”
As the No. 3 seed from Metro, Eastside Catholic will move on to play the No. 2 seed from the Narrows League in the Round of 32. As No. 4, Cleveland will play the Greater Saint Helen’s League No. 2.