The Peninsula Seahawks earned their first win of the season on Friday night, beating the visiting Mountain View Thunder 52-45 at Roy Anderson Field. Offense was abundant and defense—well, not so much. The Seahawks seemed content to take their 31-24 lead in to the half with 15 seconds to go, when Mountain View fumbled the kickoff and Peninsula's Jared Boerner recovered, giving the Seahawks the ball back with nine seconds in the half. Robert Kvinsland threw a perfect 32 yard pass to Ian Hodge, giving the Seahawks a 38-24 lead at half. The lead proved too large for Mountain View to come back.
Everything was working for the Seahawks on offense Friday night.
“It was just execution,” said Ross Filkins, Peninsula head coach. “They've done a fantastic job of getting better each week and I think it showed tonight. That's an excellent football team, that's a 3A playoff football team right there for sure. I'm very proud of our offensive players for great effort and execution.”
The Seahawks' success was largely due to an explosive running game, led by Avega Siolo. Siolo finished the game with 19 carries for 226 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdown total probably would've been higher too, had Filkins not opted to give the ball to Levi Alton in the red zone. Alton finished the game with seven carries and three touchdowns.
Kvinsland had a huge game as well, completing 16 of his 23 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns. The junior said the offense was in sync all night.
“We were able to do pretty much everything,” Kvinsland said. “The passing game was solid and our running game finally kicked in today. Both Levi and Avega both torched them. It was really a well rounded, balanced offense today.”
The Seahawks struggles came against a strong Thunder ground attack, an option offense which featured several different backs getting touches. Mountain View's Austin Mace got 27 carries and racked up 130 yards and two touchdowns. Preston Jones added 50 yards and a touchdown, and Carl Falls added another 67 yards on 12 carries.
“We knew they really had it going,” Filkins said. “The past couple weeks coming in, their offense really looked like a machine—very well-oiled. It's a veteran group of offensive players over there, with nine starters back and a very capable quarterback as well. We knew we had our hands full coming in. We just try to get a couple stops, fortunately for us tonight we got it when we needed it most.”
The team was glad to finally get their first win, after close defeats the past two weeks.
“It feels great,” Kvinsland said. “It's about time.”
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