By Todd Milles
The News Tribune
PURDY – 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 (10-1) won its 10th 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.”