Coach Kohler Earns 300th Career Victory as O’Dea Downs Shelton in Memorial Classic


Friday Sep 9th 2016 3A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Shelton 0 6 0 0 6
O'Dea 0 17 21 7 45


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Coach Kohler Earns 300th Career Victory as O’Dea Downs Shelton in Memorial Classic
By Steve Dion

The Friday nightcap of the Memorial Classic matched the Shelton High Climbers of the newly created South Sound Conference against O’Dea whose legendary Coach Monte Kohler entered with a chance to cross a significant milestone which is 300 career wins as head coach of the Irish.

A slow start for both teams was the result of tight defense and erratic passing attempts from each offense. O’Dea struck first when their staunch offensive line opened a massive running lane for Parker D’Anna allowing the junior tailback to glide to the endzone. Minutes later, Connor Gregoire benefited from the same treatment for a touchdown of his own adding to O’Dea’s lead. Shelton recorded six before the break, but had an uphill battle in the second half.

The second half can be simply classified as ‘The Hunter Franco Show’ as the senior running back busted loose three times for long touchdown runs of 47, 51, & 44 yards respectively. This outburst proved too much for the Climbers when paired with the Irish defense clamping down in the final two quarters without allowing Shelton to score. At the end of the night, O’Dea moves to 2-0 and Coach Kohler earns win number 300 of his legendary coaching tenure.

The Final Score:
O’Dea 45, Shelton 7.

Top Performer


Hunter Franco- 3 TDs (44, 47, 51)

Memorial Classic Media Day Recap


3rd Annual Memorial Football Classic 2016

Friday, September 10th & Saturday, September 11th at Memorial Stadium in Seattle

The Third Annual Memorial Football Classic is a special two-day event to celebrate Seattle high school athletes, to raise money for all Seattle public high school athletics, and to build support for the Metro League.

Media day for the Memorial Classic was held at Ballard High School Tuesday afternoon to meet coaches and players from the participating schools for a Q&A session. Also, speakers at the event included Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell (Garfield & University of Washington alum), former Seattle Seahawks Paul Johns & Edwin Bailey, and Seattle Public Schools Director of Athletics Eric McCurdy.

Additionally, founder of the event Joey Thomas (Garfield head coach, Kennedy Catholic alum, NFL veteran) has selected Monte Kohler for the “Icon Award” from his long and distinguished coaching career at O’Dea and “Legends of the Game Award” to Terry Metcalf (Franklin alum, NFL veteran) for his outstanding coaching tenure locally.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 9, 2016
5:00 pm – Archbishop Murphy vs. Bishop Blanchet
7:30 pm – Shelton vs. O’Dea

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Noon – Kennewick vs. Cleveland
2:30 pm – Juanita vs. Garfield
5:30 pm – Roosevelt vs. Ballard
8:00 pm – Skyview vs. Eastside Catholic

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