The Gig Harbor football team received a lot of hype heading into the 2015 season, garnering a No. 2 Class 4A ranking from The News Tribune, among others. On Friday night in the Fish Bowl against rival Peninsula, the Tides showed exactly why they’re considered strong favorites to contend for a state title.
Gig Harbor (1-0) controlled the game from start to finish, beating the Seahawks 40-14 at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.
For Tides senior quarterback Davis Alexander, it felt good to live up to the hype in the first game of the season.
“Of course, you always want to come out and prove your point,” Alexander said. “But we’re just getting started. It doesn’t mean anything yet.”
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Alexander finished 17 for 26 passing, with two touchdowns and 251 yards. He also added 81 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Senior running back Adrian Valona did his part as well behind an impressive Gig Harbor offensive line, racking up 86 yards on 18 carries and a pair of touchdowns. As usual, Valona deflected credit to the offensive line.
“They were perfect, absolutely perfect,” Valona said. “No mistakes, the communication was perfect. Davis wasn’t sacked once. I was barely touched in the backfield. Absolutely perfect job.”
Senior left tackle Sean Reemts said he was happy with the play of the offensive line.
“We got into a little slow start in the beginning, but we started getting into the groove of it and really got it going,” Reemts said. “We were solid.”
Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler now boasts a 3-1 record in the Fish Bowl. This year’s team is likely his best yet, with a dominant, physical defense and an offense with weapons everywhere. In addition to Alexander and Valona, the Tides feature four, speedy wide receivers who can make big plays at any time.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Chantler said. “As a coach, you feel like you’re always calling the right play.”
2014 Narrows 4A offensive MVP Noah Samsen didn’t even touch the ball for Gig Harbor until the fourth quarter. But Tides senior wideout Cory Condon was happy to pick up the slack, racking up a huge game, with nine catches for 123 yards.
“Cory Condon is a good receiver, but gets overshadowed by (the other receivers),” Chantler said. “He blows up tonight and has a huge game. We’ve got a lot of weapons. It makes me look like I’m a pretty smart guy. It’s a good recipe for success.”