Here is an inside look at the 2019 Eastside Catholic football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
Finished 13-1 overall, 8-0 in the 3A Metro League (first place); won the 3A state championship (31-13 over O’Dea).
Dominic Daste, first season (previously offensive line coach)
Coordinators: Drew Miller (OC); Robert Christoff (DC).
Base schemes: spread offense; odd front defense.
Offense – 8. Defense – 7.
TOP OFFENSIVE RETURNERS
WR Gee Scott Jr., 6-3, 180
RB Sam Adams, 6-2, 200
OL Jernias Tafia, 6-4, 320
OL D’Angalo Titialii, 6-3, 319
TE D.J. Rogers, 6-4, 230
TOP DEFENSIVE RETURNERS
DE J.T. Tuimoloau, 6-4, 245
LB Hunter Misa, 6-2, 190
DB Ayden Hector, 6-1, 187
DB Silas Ticeson, 6-4, 200
DT John Taumoepeau, 6-2, 290
THREE TO SEE
Gee Scott Jr.,wide receiver
Perhaps the most exciting player to watch across the state. The Ohio State commit has shined on the national recruiting stage over the summer and is poised for another big year for the Crusaders.
Sam Adams II, running back/safety
A power-five recruit at running back and safety, the Washington commit is the state’s most talented back. Adams II is a quick back who likes to make defenders miss.
J.T. Tuimolaou, defensive end
The crown jewel of Eastside Catholic’s deep defense. The top prospect in the nation out of the class of 2021, according to 247 Sports.
Eastside Catholic is the defending 3A state champion, has won three of the last five state titles and is the favorite again in 2019.
The Crusaders bring back most of their defense and the most Division I talent of any team in the state. EC ran the table in a tough Metro League last season and brings back much of the core of a team that won the 3A state championship by more than two touchdowns.
And they bring back one of the most talented rosters in state history.
That starts with junior defensive end J.T. Tuimolaou, a five-star and top-10 recruit in the class of 2021; Ohio State wide receiver commit Gee Scott; running back Sam Adams II, a Washington commit and four-star recruit; and four-star uncommitted corner Ayden Hector.
The quarterback position will look a bit different in 2019.
Remember this name: Lohgan “Kobe” Muasau, a 6-foot-1 junior transfer from Saint Louis School (Hawaii), who will be the Crusaders’ starter after winning the job as a newcomer. Michael Franklin, a Simon Frasier commit who started last season, transferred to Hazen mid-summer.
But perhaps the biggest change? Offensive line coach Dominic Daste steps in as a first-year head coach after Jeremy Thielbahr stepped down in the offseason.
Sept. 6: Grant Union (Calif.), 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Central Catholic (Ore.), 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Pinnacle (Ariz.), 7:45 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Rainier Beach, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Garfield, 7:45 p.m.
Oct. 11: O’Dea, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Seattle Prep, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Bishop Blanchet, 7 p.m.
*home games in bold