The Gig Harbor Tides beat the Peninsula Seahawks in the annual Fish Bowl rivalry game, 27-20, in front of a packed house at Roy Anderson Field. The Tides went with a quarterback-by-committee approach in the first half with starter Conor Scalan and backup Davis Alexander alternating series. Alexander connected with Reese Carlson for the Tides' first touchdown, and Scanlan connected with Cody Alcott with 1:50 left in the first half to knot things up at 14-14.
Tides' head coach Aaron Chantler said he wanted to give Scanlan a break mentally and physically.
“Davis is battling for the starting job next year, so we wanted to give him some reps,” Chantler said. “We wanted to give Conor a rest, settle him down. Conor is our guy. Davis gave us the spark we needed.”
The Seahawks two scores in the first half came on a first quarter Avega Siolo run and a 46 yard touchdown pass from Robert Kvinsland to Kyle Olson-Urbon.
The Tides were lifted by a huge first half from senior wide receiver Reese Carlson. The 6-foot-4 University of Montana commit was nearly unstoppable.
“You can't cover him,” Chantler said. “Every time we needed a big play, we went to Reese. He broke a ton of tackles. He's a huge mismatch for the defense.”
Gig Harbor struck first in the second half when Scanlan connected with Bobby Blaser for a four-yard touchdown reception. The Seahawks answered with a long drive, pounding the ball with their combination of tailbacks. Kvinsland connected with Conner Walch for a 42 yard touchdown pass. However, the Seahawks failed to convert the extra point and trailed 21-20 with 11:52 left in the game.
Scanlan found Matthew Garries in the endzone for the game's final score. The Tides failed the two point conversion, giving them a 27-20 lead with 3:10 left in the game.
Peninsula put together a long drive and got into the red zone, and had two chances to punch it into the endzone before time expired. Kvinsland's last effort on fourth down was batted away, giving the Tides the win.
Peninsula head coach Ross Filkins said he was proud of the way his team fought back.
“Hats off to Gig Harbor, they played a heck of a game,” Filkins said. “I'm really proud of our team for battling until the end.”
Chantler was ecstatic about the result.
“This win means everything,” Chantler said. “We just wrote a new chapter in Gig Harbor football.”
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