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Olson-Urbon finds role in explosive Tides offense

Gig Harbor senior wide receiver Kyle Olson-Urbon has scored seven touchdowns in the past two games.
Gig Harbor senior wide receiver Kyle Olson-Urbon has scored seven touchdowns in the past two games. Special to the Gateway

Yes, it took Kyle Olson-Urbon a few games to get comfortable.

But now that the Gig Harbor High senior wideout is in the zone, he’s posted back-to-back big games for the Tides. After transferring from Peninsula for his senior year of school, it appears he has settled in. Olson-Urbon has seven touchdowns in his last two games, both wins over Stadium and South Kitsap. For the season, Olson-Urbon has 20 catches for 422 yards and seven touchdowns.

“These two games just snuck up on me, I guess,” Olson-Urbon said. “I wasn’t having bad games, but once I had that first one against Stadium, it all just blew up. (Gig Harbor senior QB) Davis (Alexander) has been putting up the ball. It makes it easy for me.”

Olson-Urbon played on one of the best Class 3A teams in the state last season for Peninsula coach Ross Filkins. This year, he’s playing for one of the best Class 4A teams in the state for Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler.

“Both programs are outstanding programs,” Olson-Urbon said.

The biggest difference is the tempo of the offense. Gig Harbor likes to go fast, while Peninsula is content to huddle and wear teams down by controlling time of possession.

“It’s just a different feeling here (at Gig Harbor),” Olson-Urbon said. “It’s a special thing we have on here. It’s working, it’s rolling. The drive that each individual player has here, the amount of work we put in — I’m not saying Peninsula didn’t. But it’s just crazy, the work ethic here and how every day we’re getting better.”

Olson-Urbon got the opportunity to play against his former teammates in the Fish Bowl, the first game of the year. There was no ill-will, he said.

“I just took it as another game,” he said. “I took a second before the game and looked around, but once the ball was kicked, it was just a normal game. The (Peninsula) players were beyond respectful. There was no problem with trash talking or anything like that.”

Chantler has worked with Olson-Urbon on little things, such as understanding certain route concepts. But there’s not much he’s had to do. Gig Harbor has been blessed in the past couple seasons with big, physical receivers like current University of Montana player Reese Carlson, and last year, Santana Johnson. Olson-Urbon is different — he’s not as tall or physical, but he’s just as dynamic in his playmaking ability.

“Our passing game is predicated on precision,” Chantler said. “He’s arguably the best route runner I’ve had since I’ve been a Gig Harbor. He does a really good job of separating. His first step off the line is so fast.”

He joins slot receiver Noah Samsen, the 2014 Narrows 4A MVP, and breakout senior Cory Condon to give Alexander lots of options.

“We try to give every guy a look or two early,” Chantler said. “Davis is never instructed to throw the ball to go to a certain person. We try to spread out the touches early, get guys in the flow of the game one way or another. We want to get them going as soon as possible. With that much speed on one side of the field, it creates quite a matchup problem.”

Olson-Urbon and Alexander are on the same page, on and off the field.

“It’s so much more than just football,” Olson-Urbon said. “We text each other on a daily basis. On the football side, we’re clicking right now. Our connection is strong. It’s not just me — Davis is one of those guys that makes sure everyone in his life is doing well and doing what they need to be doing. He’s a baller and he’s a gamer.”

Olson-Urbon currently has an offer from the College of Idaho and is hoping more offers will roll in soon.

“Right now, I just worry about the season,” he said. “At the end of the year, whatever is there, I’ll deal with it.”


Another week, another blowout for the Gig Harbor football team. The latest victim was South Kitsap, which the Tides beat 65-0 on Friday night at Roy Anderson Field. The Tides debuted their new, alternative grey jerseys for homecoming. The Tides led 48-0 at the half.

Alexander had a big game, finding Olson-Urbon for touchdown passes of 36, 45 and 36 yards. Alexander added four touchdowns on the ground with runs of 31, 60, 36 and 27. Samsen also scored on a 20-yard run, and Bo Longmore added a 3-yard run.

“Great overall team performance tonight,” Chantler tweeted after the game. “Older guys executed well and some young guys stepped up and had big nights. Proud of my team!”

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Who: Timberline.

Where: South Sound Stadium, Lacey.

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8.

Outlook: Timberline has a 1-4 overall record and is coming off two blowout losses, one to Olympia and another to Bellarmine. The Tides will have to be careful not to look forward to their big matchup with Olympia the following week, but this is yet another game which should be over by halftime.