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Peninsula blows by North Thurston in league opener, 41-0

Peninsula had little trouble in its league opener on the road against Class 3A South Sound Conference foe North Thurston on Thursday night, coming away with a 41-0 win at South Sound Stadium.

The Seahawks jumped out to a 28-0 lead over the Rams at halftime and never faltered.

Senior quarterback Burke Griffin completed 6-of-11 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Shawn Leonard rushed six times for 31 yards and a touchdown. Running back Braeden Potter rushed nine times for 71 yards and a touchdown, while also hauling in one reception for a 31-yard touchdown.

Chase Wittmers led the way for the receiving corps, tallying five receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">@chaseWitt_9</a> Great job Chase! <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ballingout</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PHSProud</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Byron Miranda (@Byronfitness) <a href="">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

The game was televised on ROOT Sports Northwest, with a delayed 11 p.m. broadcast following the conclusion of the Seattle Mariners game.

Peninsula’s schedule figured to get a little easier after a challenging non-league schedule, which saw Peninsula split, with a loss to defending 3A state champion O’Dea, and a big win at home over Class 4A Skyline.

Peninsula continues its league schedule next Friday night at Shelton High School at 7 p.m., before gearing up for a big week five matchup against defending league champion Timberline on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Roy Anderson Field.