In the first two quarters, it didn’t matter where the Peninsula Seahawks handed the ball to running back Avega Siolo.
It almost didn’t matter how many times, either.
Siolo, a senior, racked up 261 yards on eight carries, and his five first-half touchdowns vaulted Peninsula into the Class 3A state tournament for the second consecutive season following a 55-7 triumph against Chief Sealth at Roy Anderson Field on Saturday night.
Five of Siolo’s first six touches went for scores of 50, 66 and 68 yards, and he had a pair of 3-yard touchdown runs. He also caught an 18-yard screen pass and returned a kickoff 21 yards to give him an even 300 in all-purpose yardage.
“I don’t want to take any credit,” Siolo said. “There was great blocking from the linemen and great blocking from the receivers. Every time I got down the field, I saw a cutback lane, and that’s just a credit to everyone playing their heart out.”
Peninsula, which clinched the No. 1 seed from District 3, will host fourth-seeded Bonney Lake on Saturday.
At Bonney Lake 44, Mercer Island 20: The Panthers earned their first playoff win in school history, and now will get a rematch with SPSL 3A rival Peninsula in the first round of the state playoffs.
Bonney Lake amassed 341 rushing yards, led by the tandem of Robert Combs (178 yards) and Ethan McElderry (150). Combs scored on a 76-yard touchdown jaunt on the second play of the second quarter to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead.
“The nice part for us, it doesn’t matter who we play,” Bonney Lake coach Jason Silbaugh said. “The next week brings a new challenge, and we will step up.”
Meadowdale 28, at Timberline 21: The Blazers scored two late touchdowns, and thought they recovered an onside kick with 29.1 seconds remaining to get one last chance to tie the Mavericks at South Sound Stadium.
But Timberline was called for a kick-catch interference penalty, and possession was awarded to Meadowdale, which ran out the clock.
The Blazers trailed 28-7 with 4:55 to go before staging a rally.
At Kingston 7, Franklin Pierce 0: It was a game practically begging for a winner.
And the Buccaneers finally did – off a Cardinals’ special-teams miscue.
That opportunity came with two minutes to play in the third quarter as the Kingston recovered a botched snap on a punt at the Franklin Pierce’s 3-yard line.
Three plays later, Kingston quarterback Bobby Reece faked a handoff and threw to his left just before getting crushed in the backfield. The pass found tight end Matt Shaw uncovered for a 3-yard touchdown grab, putting the Buccaneers up 7-0.
Franklin Pierce turned the ball over three times, missed a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter and called for 17 penalties.
“Looked like the field was in yellow,” Franklin Pierce coach Howard Lutton said.
Meridian 49, at Charles Wright 0: Letrez Jones rushed for 284 yards and five touchdowns, and the Trojans were too much for a depleted Tarriers’ group without standout Alexander Moore at Harry E. Lang Stadium.
Without their offensive leader, the Tarriers finished with just 88 total yards and three turnovers.The News Tribune news services contributed to this report.