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Originally published September 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM | Page modified September 27, 2014 at 5:55 PM

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Eastside Catholic defeats Lakeside, 42-16

Crusaders score 42 in the first half, never look back, in Metro League debut.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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SAMMAMISH — Eastside Catholic didn’t get off to an ideal start Friday. The Crusaders were called for pass interference, their quarterback got sacked and he also threw an interception.

That was about all that went wrong for the No. 4 Crusaders, who scored 35 first-quarter points en route to a 42-16 romp over Lakeside in the Metro League opener for both teams.

The Eastside Catholic defense was too big, too strong and too quick for the Lions. The Crusaders had five sacks before halftime, allowed only one first down and had just one play go for more than 9 yards.

“We were a little sloppy tonight,” Eastside Catholic coach Jeremy Thielbahr said. “Started out slow on offense; we haven’t done that yet, frankly, this season. We were able to get it going a little bit and made some plays.”

After the first drive, Eastside Catholic scored on all five drives led by starting quarterback Harley Kirsch.

Brandon Wellington scored on a 23-yard touchdown run, Dominique Fetui punched one in from 2 yards out and Kirsch hit Myles Lewis for a 43-yard score — and just like that, the Crusaders put the Lions in the rearview.

“Pretty much every game I’ve thrown a touchdown to different receivers,” said Kirsch, whose four completions went to different players. “The receiving corps is really great this year, great group of guys.”

Lakeside finally found the end zone in the fourth when Sam Schrader hit Jack Betcher from 8 yards out.

The Lions tacked on another score when Dawit Wondimagegn found Bennett Dondoyano for a 41-yard touchdown.

The Crusaders now turn their attention to a daunting schedule that has them faceing Seattle Prep, Bishop Blanchet and O’Dea in Metro games before hosting American Fork (Utah) to close out the regular season.

“We know it’s not our number one goal, [but] it’s always fun to win a Metro title,” Kirsch said. ”



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