The Peninsula Seahawks earned their first win of the season on Friday night, when they beat the visiting Mountain View Thunder 52-45 at Roy Anderson Field.
Offense was abundant. Defense, well, not so much.
The Seahawks’ success was largely due to an explosive running game, led by Avega Siolo, who finished with 19 carries for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Levi Alton added seven carries — most of them in the redzone — and three touchdowns.
“It was just execution,” Peninsula head coach Ross Filkins said. “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 (1-2 overall) seemed content to take their 31-24 lead into the half with 15 seconds to go, but Mountain View fumbled the kickoff, and Peninsula’s Jared Boerner recovered to give the Seahawks the ball back with nine seconds in the half. Quarterback Robert Kvinsland followed with a perfect 32-yard touchdown pass to Ian Hodge to give the Seahawks a 38-24 halftime margin.
It was too much for Mountain View to come back.
Kvinsland completed 16 of his 23 passes for 298 yards and two scores. The junior said the offense was in sync all night.
“We were able to do pretty much everything,” he 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. 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 had 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.”
Peninsula suffered close losses in each of the previous two weeks.
“It feels great,” Kvinsland said. “It’s about time.”