Eastside Catholic has one more game left, and it will be a doozy. The Crusaders’ opponent in the first annual Burger King State Champions Bowl Series is Trinity Christian (Fla.), an 11-2 team which is somehow not nationally ranked.
We’ll have a look at Bothell’s matchup against Miami Central later this week and a preview for Saturday’s paper.
Place/time: Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Fla.) at 9 a.m.
Opponent: Trinity Christian (11-2), back-to-back winners of Florida’s 3A state championship, as well as four of the last six
Key players: Trinity Christian has six ESPN 300 (seniors): No. 6 Kevin Toliver II (CB committed to LSU), Jeffrey Holland (LB), Kendrick Norton (OL), No. 204 Ben Edwards (S), No. 229 Deontai Williams (S committed to Georgia)
Matchup to watch: Eastside Catholic quarterback Harley Kirsch against Trinity Christian’s secondary. Toliver is the top cornerback in the 2015 class, and then there are two safeties in the ESPN 300. It won’t be a cakewalk for the junior, but if the Crusaders put Kirsch in a position to succeed, much like they did against Bellevue in the state championship game, the offense could very well find success. Eastside Catholic will most likely look to get Devon Arbis-Jackson the ball in the flat, but eventually, one would imagine the Crusaders will try to get Matt Laris a shot downfield.
Quote: “Lot of athletes on the field. They’ve got a ton of guys that are being recruited. They got good athletes at most every position, and it’s just going to be a great battle, great challenge for us.” — Eastside Catholic coach Jeremy Thielbahr