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Redmond’s Kirsch leads Eastside Catholic into tonight’s 3A state championship game
This season, Eastside Catholic High sophomore quarterback Harley Kirsch of Redmond has set seven individual school records, helped break five team offensive records and led the Crusaders to their second straight 3A state championship appearance.
Kirsch was also named the 3A Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Athlete of the Week for week 13 for his efforts in the state semifinal win last Friday over O’Dea High, 28-14. Kirsch threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns in the game at the Tacoma Dome.
The Crusaders will face Bellevue High in the WIAA 3A state football championship game at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tacoma Dome.
“Since he first stepped on campus, Harley has been an amazing leader, a focused student and an incredible competitor,” said head coach Jeremy Thielbahr. “He is one of the best sophomore quarterbacks in the country and has huge upside and potential. But most of all, he’s a great leader and an even better person.”
Kirsch is currently playing with four other sophomores from Redmond who all start on varsity: Jakob Jackson, Eric Medeiros, James Jolliffe and Juan Sacchi. The group began playing together in eighth grade when they came to Eastside Catholic.
Also on the team are Woodinville residents Drew Springfield, Addison Hull and Jacob Friedburg.
School individual records set by Kirsch this season:
• Passes completed in a game: 31
• Passes completed in a season: 217
• Passes completed percentage: 70.5
• Passing yards in a game: 448
• Passing yards in a season: 3,269
• TD passes in a season: 34
• Total yards in a season: 3,131
School team season records broken in 2013:
• Total offense: 592 versus Blanchet
• Total passing: 448 versus O’Dea
• Most yards passing: 3,269
• Passing average game: 247.9
• Most TD passes: 31