Fifth-ranked Peninsula High School had no issues shifting into playoff overdrive Saturday night.
Handoff to running back Major Ali – check. Handoff to backup tailback Jared Boerner – check. Sprinkle in carries to big-play receivers Kyle Olson-Urbon and Matt Shirley – check.
The Seahawks rolled up 380 first-half yards, and put this game away early — 47-19 over Lakeside of Seattle in a district game at Roy Anderson Field.
Peninsula (9-1) won its ninth consecutive game, and will host Oak Harbor next weekend in the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs. Lakeside, the fourth-place team in the Metro League Mountain Division, ends its season one step short of reaching the state tournament for the first time since 1987.
“It was an all right start,” Seahawks quarterback Robert Kvinsland said with a half-smirk. “We are hoping for a long (playoff) journey this year.”
The Seahawks scored on their first four drives, opening the game by going 80 yards on eight plays. And it was Shirley who took a handoff on a sweep run, darted through a crease and was gone for a 43-yard touchdown at the 9:34 mark.
The Lions (6-4) never found any traction. They fumbled on their opening series, leading to the first of Major Ali’s three touchdown runs — this time a 9-yarder to put the Seahawks up 14-0.
Kvinsland’s 41-yard pass to Shirley set up Ali’s second score, a 3-yard up-the-gut gallop for a 21-0 Seahawks advantage with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter.
And two minutes later, after a Lions’ punt, Olson-Urbon dazzled by breaking off a 43-yard touchdown run, and Peninsula was in control, up 28-0.
“They had short fields and playmakers — and that is usually good recipe for success,” Lakeside coach Casey Selfridge said.
The Lions crossed midfield once early in the second quarter, but were done in by four turnovers and four sacks to quarterback Sam Schrader. The last sack did in the 5-foot-10 senior, who was knocked out of the game with 45.4 seconds remaining in the first half with a shoulder injury.
Jared Boerner’s 18-yard scoring run with 79 seconds remaining before halftime gave Peninsula a 41-0 lead. The second half was played under a running-clock mercy rule.
“It is great. We are such a balanced offense,” Kvinsland said. “It makes it really hard for defenses, and it makes it very effective for us.”
CLASS 4A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
Bellarmine Prep 17, at Kentwood 6: It is the playoffs. And the Lions usually find ways to win games others might count them out in.
The Class 4A Narrows No. 3 seed built a 14-0 lead on Nathan Goltermann-Doyle’s 96-yard scoring scamper — the longest run of his career — with 4:46 remaining in the first half at French Field. Behind Goltermann-Doyle’s 214 rushing yards, Bellarmine Prep netted its fifth consecutive state berth.
It is the third consecutive season the 10th-ranked Conquerors — the SPSL Northeast champions — exited the postseason in the district round.
Newport (Bellevue) 34, Olympia 14: Behind a pair of talented running backs, the Knights (8-2) ran away from the Bears (6-4) at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia.
Pual Wells and Thomas Day combined for 404 yards on 25 carries. Wells had touchdown runs of 39 and 95 yards, while Day’s longest touchdown run was 67 yards.
Newport has only attempted 24 passes this season, and its only attempt Saturday was intercepted by Christian Reed.
CLASS 3A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
Sumner 52, at Juanita 28: The last team into the postseason is now one of 16 teams in the Class 3A state playoffs as the Spartans rocked the Rebels in Kirkland.
Connor Wedington rushed for 281 yards on 22 carries, and scored on three touchdown runs — two of them on long-gainers (71, 55 yards). But it was a defensive play that helped Sumner take control.
After Chase Torgison found Austin Gregg for a 25-yard touchdown to put the Spartans up 17-7, Juanita fumbled on its first play from scrimmage, giving the football right back to them.
And Josiah Fidecaro finished off the short drive with his 1-yard scoring plunge for a 24-7 Spartans’ lead with 1:32 to go in the first half.
Mountlake Terrace 14, Capital 7: Ryan LaCasse scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to give the Hawks their first playoff victory.
The Cougars (7-3) had chances to earn the victory, but twice came up empty in the red zone — once because of penalties and a missed field goal, and the second time they were stuffed on a fourth-and-1 play from the 13.
CLASS 1A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
At Cascade Christian 47, Klahowya 7: Riley Ramos’ three first-half touchdowns helped the top-ranked Cougars to an easy playoff win at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Robert Terhune took the opening kickoff for 60 yards, and Ramos scored a few seconds later on a 33-yard run that put the Cougars up 7-0.
Ramos other two touchdown runs were short ones — 2 and 1 yards.
Cascade Christian (9-0) will host Hoquiam (6-3) next weekend in the opening round of the Class 1A state playoffs at Sunset Chev Stadium. Klahowya (5-5) was eliminated from the postseason with the loss.
CLASS 2B DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
At Life Christian Academy 47, Adna 30: Jack Hohimer threw five touchdown passes, and the Eagles are back in the state playoffs for the first time since 2007 with a victory at Harry E. Lang Stadium,
Adna’s 11-year run of making the state tournament is over.