Gig Harbor quarterback Davis Alexander was feeling queasy Friday, so much so that he elected to skip his postgame tradition of munching on something greasy.
Alexander, who said he had thrown up earlier in the afternoon, looked the picture of health against Olympia. Alexander passed for 339 yards and a touchdown and ran for 74 yards and three more scores to lead the Tides to a 45-14 victory over the visiting Bears at Roy Anderson Field.
“I’ve got to get some rest, and hydrate,” Alexander said. “Usually I like to get some fast food after the game. But not tonight.”
Gig Harbor remains in the hunt in the 4A Narrows League, improving to 4-0 in league and 6-1 overall. Olympia slips to 3-1, 4-3.
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Gig Harbor’s junior do-everything quarterback said whatever was bothering hit him during fifth period. Fueled on Gatorade and Pepto-Bismol, he threw a 48-yard completion on the Tides’ first play of scrimmage and led the team to a 12-play, 87-yard touchdown drive.
Olympia tied it on Kaden Wilson’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Derek Buehler, who highlighted the drive with a completed pass of his own, a 57-yard strike to Collin Courter off a reverse pass.
But Alexander struck again, leading the Tides on a 65-yard drive that was capped with a 10-yard TD pass to Santana Johnson, one of his nine receptions.
That made it 14-7, and the Tides would roll from there, adding a 42-yard TD run by Alexander and a 27-yard field goal by Tanner Stepp for a 24-7 lead at the half.
The teams traded touchdowns to start the third quarter, and then Adrian Valona (84 yards) added a short TD run to end the Bears’ hopes of a comeback.
“We’re really clicking on all cylinders right now,” Alexander said. “We’re balanced: Rushing attack, passing attack; it just depends on what defense we’re playing.”
The Bears had trouble stopping the Tides’ wide receiver duo of Johnson (137 yards) and Noah Samsen (eight catches, 106 yards). Alexander finished with 24 completions in 41 attempts.
Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler said he’s opened up the offense since the beginning of the season to better take advantage of Alexander’s skills.
“He’s really gotten into a comfort zone,” Chantler said. “He’s smart; he reads coverages well and he’s a real good dual threat.
“We’re beyond happy with how he’s performed.”
Olympia had its moments, especially on the ground behind running back Cody Torstvet. Torstvet, who was filling in for starter Isaiah Brooks who missed the game because of a violation of team rules, rushed for 138 yards on 29 carries.
“I can’t say enough about how our kids really battled,” Bears coach Bill Beattie said. “We were down some kids right now but we came at them hard with what we had. They have a good football team but our kids battled them.”