Peninsula senior Robert Kvinsland and his go-to senior wide receiver Kyle Olson-Urbon knew the Lakes Lancers cornerbacks were going to be aggressive. So when Lancers senior corner Kemonee Jenkins gambled on a route in the third quarter and Olson-Urbon sprinted 82 yards down the sideline for a score, it was all part of the Seahawks’ plan.
“We knew he was going to be aggressive,” Olson-Urbon said. “That’s one of his weaknesses — he’s undisciplined. We knew he was going to jump things and Rob put a great ball to the outside and was really gone from there.”
It was one of several explosive plays for seventh-ranked Peninsula, who rode a big second half to a 41-19 win over No. 6 Lakes on Thursday night at Roy Anderson Field.
Kvinsland put on a clinic, finishing with 361 yards and five touchdowns through the air on 18 passes. Olson-Urbon accounted for 168 of those yards, and two touchdowns.
“He is very dangerous,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said of speedy wideout. “We’re just working on the little things with him right now. He is a very dangerous player.”
All summer, Kvinsland and Olson-Urbon trained together. It’s evident in their rapport, which looks almost effortless.
“We have a lot of trust in each other,” Kvinsland said. “We worked really hard in the off season, put a lot of hours in and we’re on the same page pretty much all the time.”
It was a tight game for a half. Lakes trailed 14-13 going into the break, led by star senior tight end Benning Potoae, who finished the night with 106 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions. His rare combination of size, strength and athleticism made him a matchup nightmare for the Seahawks (3-1, 2-0 SPSL 3A). The Lancers are 3-1, 1-1.
“He plays hard,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “Our kids played hard. We just didn’t play as well as we needed to against a really good Peninsula team.”
Peninsula senior running back Major Ali limped off the field with an injury in the second half. Seahawks senior tailback Jared Boerner filled in capably for the Seahawks, racking up 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
“That was one of the best wins of my 20 years,” Filkins said. “It was just a really gritty, solid performance by our team.”
At Auburn Mountainview 42, Sumner 35: For every Spartans’ answer, Lions quarterback Gresch Jensen had an even bigger response — and Auburn Mountainview won a high-scoring thriller at Memorial Stadium to retain a share of first place in the 3A SPSL with Peninsula.
After Sumner’s Collin Baker scooped up a bad Auburn Mountainview snap off a punt and rumbled in 12 yards for a touchdown to tied it at 35 with 4:56 to go, back came Jensen and the offense.
And three minutes later, Jensen capped the drive with his game-winning 8-yard scoring run.
Sumner drove all the way to the Lions’ 10-yard line in the final seconds, but could not score.
Jensen had a hand in all six of the Lions’ touchdowns —four passes and two runs. He tossed three of those scoring passes to receiver Ki’jan Weisinger.