If Gig Harbor’s season-opening 41-13 win against Spanaway Lake at Roy Anderson Field on Friday was any indication, the Tides should boast a balanced offense this season.
Senior quarterback Ben Hollenbeck had an efficient game through the air, completing 9-of-18 passes for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
He also showed why he’ll be one of the league’s top dual-threat quarterbacks, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Gig Harbor got off on a strong note with its commitment to running the football against the Sentinels, as senior running back Tom Williams rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts.
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Through the air, senior wide receiver Ryan King showed no signs of slowing down after his breakout year last season, tallying 129 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.
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Gig Harbor went into halftime with a 21-0 lead and never was in any danger of surrendering it, at one point jumping out to a 34-0 lead in the third quarter.
It was a, for all intents and purposes, a bit of a warmup game for the Tides, as things expect to get much tougher in the coming weeks.
Gig Harbor will head across the Narrows on Friday night for a road contest against Curtis High School in University Place. The Vikings are coming off a 51-21 thumping of Rogers High School in week one.
It will be a game that should tell Fairhart just how good his team is in his second year at the helm of the program. But it’ll also be a game Fairhart will want to get out of as healthy as possible. Gig Harbor opens league play the following week against defending SSC 3A champion Timberline.
While a win against Curtis would be nice, the week-three showdown against the Blazers is looming large in the background.