Peninsula High School had its chances. But in the end, Gig Harbor High swatted the Seahawks away.
Thanks to a batted pass on fourth down, the Tides held on Friday night to beat the Seahawks, 27-20, in the annual Fish Bowl rivalry game in front of a packed house at Roy Anderson Field.
“This win means everything,” Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler said. “We just wrote a new chapter in Gig Harbor football.”
Quarterback Conor Scanlan, who alternated plays in the first half with Davis Alexander, finished with three touchdown passes to help the Tides rally from a 14-7 deficit.
His 15-yard pass to Matthew Carries with three minutes, 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter pushed Gig Harbor’s lead to seven, but the Tides failed on the two-point conversion.
The Seahawks (0-2) drove into the red zone and had two chances to score in the final seconds. Quarterback Robert Kvinsland’s last effort on fourth down was batted away to preserve the win for the Tides (1-1).
“Hats off to Gig Harbor, they played a heck of a game,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said. “I’m really proud of our team for battling until the end.”
The Seahawks’ two first-half scores came on a first-quarter Avega Siolo run and a 46-yard TD pass from Kvinsland to Kyle Olson-Urbon in the second quarter.
Gig Harbor tied it when Scanlan connected on a 15-yard pass to Cody Alcott with 1:50 left in the half. Scanlan then gave the Tides a 21-14 lead in the third quarter when he hit Bobby Blaser for a 4-yard TD pass.
Peninsula answered with a touchdown of its own. Kvinsland hooked up with Conner Walch for a 42-yard TD reception, but the Seahawks missed the extra point and trailed, 21-20, with 11:52 left in the game.
Alexander, the Tides’ backup QB, got his team on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 16-yard TD pass to Reese Carlson.
“We wanted to give Conor a rest, settle him down,” Chantler said. “Conor is our guy. Davis gave us the spark we needed.”