|Jayshawn Jordan is a two way star at O’Dea and a top recruit for any D-1 Program to go after.|
Can anyone knock off the mighty Bellevue Wolverines this year? Well the O’Dea Fighting Irish will have the last crack at it Friday night in the Tacoma Dome. Both ball clubs come in undefeated at 13-0, with Bellevue holding the #5 ranking in the nation. This will be the war to settle the score in the 3A ranks this year.
The O’Dea Fighting Irish upended the Camas Papermakers 21-13 in the state semi-finals last weekend. The defensive minded Irish beat Mt. Si 17-3 in the opening round, before knocking off Capital 19-16 in a quarterfinal thriller.
The Irish are led into battle by standout running back/defensive back Jayshawn Jordan, a 5’10” 180 pound Senior speed demon. Jordan was the Metro Mountain defensive most valuable player this year. He zipped his way for 68 yards on 13 carries against Camas. Joining Jordan in the Irish backfield is junior burner Tatum Taylor, a 5’10” 160 pounder, who can flat out fly. Taylor was the Metro Mountain offensive most valuable player.
The smash mouth Irish defense is led by Jomari Brooks, a bone rattling 5’10” 190 pound senior linebacker. Brooks doubles as the O’Dea fullback as well, scoring a 30 yard romp against Camas.
Junior linebacker Jack Oman, a 6’0″ 195 pounder, was a 1st team all-leaguer. Standout lineman Cody Fulleton was a 1st team all-conference choice on both sides of the rock.
Washington State University recruit Sam Flor, a 6’4″ 285 pound bludgeoning senior lineman, is the top blocker for the talented Irish run game.
Sophomore Quarterback Pierre LeDorze and wideout/defensive back Kent McKinney add to the Irish horsepower.
The Bellevue Wolverines who have won 8 state titles in the last 10 years just won a hard fought fight with Kamiakin in the semi-finals, 21-10. The Wolverines opened their playoff run with a 42-0 blanking of Eastside Catholic, before beating a very talented Lakes team in the quarterfinals, 35-14.
The Bellevue squad will be led into this battle by do it all quarterback/defensive back Tyler Hasty, a cat quick 5’11” 185 pound senior. Hasty ran for 50 yards and a touchdown in the win over Kamiakin.
Running back John Nguyen, a 5’9″ 180 pound junior, busted loose against Kamiakin. He dashed and darted his way for 116 yards and a score on 15 carries.
Fellow junior running back Ari Morales, at 5’9″ 170 pounds is also another top notch ball carrier. He is joined by all around athlete and team leader Joey Moore who is a Senior.
|Dirk Knudsen; Washingtonpreps.com|
|Jake Eldrenkamp has a host of Division 1 offers and is weighing his options over the Holidays!|
And let’s not fail to mention the return of Myles Jack who is a terrific 6’1″, 215 pound powerhouse on offense and defense.
So do the Wolverines have any solid lineman to pave the way?
Oh boy do they, Senior Jake Eldrenkamp, a 6’5″ 290 pounder, is a highly recruited offensive tackle.
Center Michael Kneip, a 6’4″ 290 pound senior, is another stalwart up front for Bellevue.
Their have a very talented defensive line led by 6’3″, 225 Pound stud Nick Santa with their sack leader being Darien Freeman, a 5’11” 270 pound junior, who has recorded 6.5 sacks on the year.
The Wolverines have one of the top linebackers in the state in junior bruiser Sean Constantine, a 6’2″ 218 pounder.
The tough as nails Bellevue defense features a fast rising sophomore safety named Bishard Baker, a hard hitting 5’10” 175 pound go getter.
Hasty, Eldrenkamp, Kneip, Santa, Constantine, and even Baker have generated offers at the D-1 Level and are all going to be moving into the collegiate ranks along with a host of these talented kids.
Jayshawn Jordan remains one of the most under-recruited players in the entire Region. Fulleton is on his way to Dartmouth unless another top program wakes up and realizes his talent is so legitimate! Look for Tatum Taylor and Brooks and a host of these other kids to move on to the Collegiate ranks as well.
For right now let’s just enjoy this battle which could really be epic!