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Peninsula comes up short in pursuit of playoff berth

Peninsula High running back Blake Cantu carries the ball against Bonney Lake on Friday night.
Peninsula High running back Blake Cantu carries the ball against Bonney Lake on Friday night. Courtesy

The Peninsula High football team faced a situation Friday night the Seahawks haven’t dealt with for more than a decade when they took on Bonney Lake.

A year ago, Peninsula won the 3A South Puget Sound League title. This year the Seahawks faced a win-or-go-home game with their playoff hopes on the line against Bonney Lake (5-4, 4-3) for the fourth and final playoff spot out of league.

“We haven’t faced this situation for more than a decade that I can recall,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said.

It didn’t end well for the Seahawks as Bonney Lake staged a late rally and came away with a 13-10 victory, putting an end to Peninsula’s decade-long playoff run. The Seahawks (5-4 overall) fell to 3-4 in league with one game to play.

Peninsula came out fighting, scoring on its first drive of the game when Evan Johnson hit paydirt on a 4-yard TD run.

After closing out the first half with the same lead, Peninsula started the second half with Danny Jackson’s 14-yard field goal. But that would be all the Seahawks could do as Bonney Lake punter Jacob Rasher took the life from Peninsula’s offense.

“We knew coming in we were facing the league best punter,” Filkins said. “He made it tough on us with his long punts tonight.”

Rasher averaged 48 yards per punt with more than 4 seconds of hang time on many his second-half punts, making the battle for field position a difficult one for Peninsula.

Rasher often pinned the Seahawks inside the 15 yard line on several of his boots.

“It makes it tough on a team when you force them to go 80 or 90 yards downfield,” Bonney Lake coach Jason Silbaugh said.

Peninsula closes out the season at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 5) at home against Timberline.