Two South Sound coaches obtained milestone victories on Friday night as Tumwater High School coach Sid Otton claimed his 350th career victory and Peninsula coach Ross Filkins earned win No. 100.
Tumwater beat Capital, 49-22, at Tumwater District Stadium after building an early 42-7 lead. Still, there were some anxious moments – committing 15 penalties and surrendering 15 points in the fourth quarter can cause that – for the Thunderbirds and Otton, who is one of 26 active coaches to have at least 350 career victories.
“If you’d talked to me years ago, I’d have said you were crazy,” said Otton, the winningest coach in Washington history about his victory total. “’We’ve just had great football players over the years.”
Filkins had an even crazier rollercoaster ride at Roy Anderson Field at Purdy. His Seahawks raced to a 21-7 first quarter lead and had to hang on to beat Mountain View, 52-45. The teams combined for 913 total yards, with Peninsula gaining 512.
“I’m really proud of our players because they showed tremendous composure throughout the entire game,” Filkins said. “There were so many twists and turns but our guys never quit.”
The Seahawks got three short touchdown runs by Levi Alton and two scores from Avega Siolo, who also rushed for 219 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Robert Kvinsland passed for 297 yards and connected on two TDs.
The win was the first for the year for Peninsula, which opened the season with competitive losses to 4A schools Bellarmine Prep, Gig Harbor and Union. Filkins said the games helped make his team “battle tested.”
“We didn’t get wins but we knew we were getting better each week,” he said.
Kentwood 28, at Kent-Meridian 27 (OT): Derrick Bell rescued the Conquerors twice, forcing overtime with his two-point conversion run late in the fourth quarter, and then tying the game again with his 4-yard run on fourth down in OT, which led to Min Park’s game-winning extra point.
Kent-Meridian led most of the game but Kentwood was able to tie it on Brandon Sytsma’s second TD, a 4-yard run with 2:50 left to play, and Bell’s successful two-point conversion.
In overtime, Kent-Merdian scored first when quarterback Quincy Carter took it in on a 3-yard run. The extra point was missed, setting up Bell’s TD and Park’s kick.
At Rogers 40, Spanaway Lake 23: Rams quarterback Grayson Madland passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 106 yards and two more TDs to lead Rogers.
Gig Harbor 28, at Central Kitsap 12: Sterling Brown rushed for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving — as Gig Harbor overcame four turnovers to beat Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium.
At Franklin Pierce 22, Steilacoom 20: The Cardinals held off the Sentinels’ fourth-quarter rally to remained unbeaten.
Franklin Pierce led 14-0 after the first quarter and held a 22-6 going into the fourth before Steilacoom rallied behind Brian Thomas.
Thomas, who rushed for 177 yards, had a 7-yard TD run and Josh Lewis caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Jacob Medure. Thomas then caught a pass from Medure on two-point conversion attempt to close the deficit to two.
After Steilacoom got the ball back with 1:10 left to play, Cardinals cornerback Jerritt Miles batted down a fourth-down pass to secure the victory.
At White River 26, Orting 21: Keenan Fagan scored twice in the fourth quarter – once on a 76-yard pass from Sean Hayes and another on a 10-yard run to help the Hornets rally past the Cardinals. Fagan also scored on a 41-yard run in the second quarter.
Orting held a 21-12 lead after three quarters thanks to a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown by Justin Kennett and Devin Casey’s 43-yard run.