Peninsula High School didn’t stray from its year-long recipe for success Friday – and it landed the Seahawks squarely into the Class 3A state football quarterfinals.
Riding running back Avega Siolo’s 190 rushing yards and three touchdowns, Peninsula knockout out SPSL 3A rival Bonney Lake, 30-7, at windy and rain-soaked Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.
Peninsula will get a star-studded quarterfinal opponent – five-time defending 3A champion and top-ranked Bellevue – to visit town in next week’s 3A quarterfinals. The two teams played last season in the round of eight, won 40-3 by the Wolverines in Bellevue.
First, the Seahawks had to beat Bonney Lake for a second time this season.
“We had a great game plan coming in,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said. “(Siolo) gave us a tremendous effort tonight. Hats off to our offensive line as well, they did a great job all night long.”
A pair of Siolo 1-yard touchdown runs broke open a tight game, giving the Seahawks a 23-7 advantage in the third quarter.
“They're a really good running team,” Bonney Lake coach Jason Silbaugh said. “(Siolo) is a heck of a (running) back. Filkins has got a great program. They're a tough-nosed team and they keep you on your toes.”
The weather conditions made it difficult for either team to sustain success in the passing game. Peninsula quarterback Robert Kvinsland finished eight of 13 passing for 92 yards. Kvinsland's job was made easier by Siolo's production.
“He was clutch,” Kvinsland said. “The rain was tough to pass in, so it really helped having Avega. Once he's in the open field, he's almost impossible to tackle.”
Which is what the Seahawks’ coach wanted to see plenty of.
“We just wanted to run the ball,” Filkins said. “It's always a beautiful night for football in downtown Purdy, Washington. That wasn't an issue for us at all. We loved it, it was fun.”