Here is an inside look at the O’Dea Fighting Irish 2019 football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
11-2 overall, 4-1 3A Metro League Mountain (second place); lost in the 3A state championship game to Eastside Catholic, 31-13.
Monte Kohler, 35th season
Offense – 5. Defense – 3.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
OL Owen Prentice 6-4, 277, jr.
FB Dane Harmann 5-10, 180, sr.
WR Davyn Patu 5-9, 150, sr.
WR/TE Cooper Mathers 6-3, 202,
RB Cameron Daniels 5-11, 212, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Owen Prentice 6-4, 277, jr.
DE Jalen Dixon 6-2, 254, sr.
DB Henry Muench 5-10, 183, sr.
DB Noah Miles 5-10, 165, sr.
LB Styles Siva-Tu’u 5-10, 203, jr.
DB Dane Harmann 5-10, 180, sr.
THREE TO SEE
Owen Prentice, guard/tackle
Standout run blocker. First team all-league selection as a sophomore. Holds several Pac-12 offers.
Jalen Dixon, defensive end
First team all-league selection as a junior. Three-star recruit, per 247 Sports.
Henry Muench, outside linebacker
First team all-league selection on defense. Logged 56 total tackles last season, 21 solo, per MaxPreps. Also an effective power back.
O’Dea’s 2018 team could have won the state championship many other years. Unfortunately the Fighting Irish ran into the buzzsaw of one of the better teams in the west coast, Eastside Catholic.
A year later, it’s the same story.
Paced by guard and tackle Owen Prentice, a junior getting significant Pac-12 looks, O’Dea should reload and be as good defensively as anyone in the state — regardless of the classification.
Offensively, longtime O’Dea coach Monte Kohler says there is room to grow with the departure of first team all-Metro League quarterback Emonte Scott, among others. Running back Cameron Daniels, who rushed for 713 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, is back in addition to several other all league selections.
The Fighting Irish return just eight starters, but if there’s any program known to reload each year, it’s O’Dea. But it will have to go through Eastside Catholic in league play before it worries about facing the Crusaders in the state playoffs.
Sept 6: at Peninsula, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Bethel, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Bothell, 5 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Bishop Blanchet, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Seattle Prep, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Eastside Catholic, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17: at Rainier Beach, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Garfield, 7 p.m.
*home games in bold