State first-round football playoff preview: Kelso vs. O’Dea

Kelso (8-2) vs. O’Dea (6-2)

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Where: Seattle Memorial Stadium

What: 3A state first round game

Seeds: Kelso No. 14; O’Dea No. 3

Broadcast info: Online radio at

Last week: Kelso beat Auburn Riverside 41-21; O’Dea beat Auburn 48-8.

Last meeting: O’Dea 35, Kelso 0, Nov. 15, 2019

Game notes: Kelso has averaged 47 points over its current four-game winning streak. The Hilanders have scored 33 points or more in seven of their eight wins. QB Hunter Letteer has passed for 1,536 yards and 20 TDs. Zeke Smith has 23 catches for 548 yards and 7 TDs, and Colby Cooper has 38 catches for 379 yards and 5 TDs. RB Conner Noah has rushed for 961 yards and 12 TDs. O’Dea ran up, over and through Auburn in a playoff win last week. Sophomore Jason Brown rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns. Khalil Holiday rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns. The Irish’s two losses came to 4A Lake Stevens (20-3) and No. 2 3A team Eastside Catholic (24-14). O’Dea also has a 35-13 win over Seattle Prep, a team that eliminated 3A Greater St. Helens League champion Mountain View last week.

Prediction: O’Dea 35, Kelso 14

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