Up 33-0, Gig Harbor head coach Aaron Chantler opted to take a timeout with one second left in the first half. The Tides ran a hook and ladder trick play, and Noah Samsen ran untouched into the endzone for a 69 yard score, putting the Tides up 40-0. Stadium head coach Jess Nelson appeared furious, pulling his players off the field during the extra point. Chantler insisted he called the timeout with five seconds but the refs didn't hear him until the one second mark.
“We're just working on things,” Chantler said. “It was 33-0, it was still at a point in the game, we haven't been in a situation to run a lot of our two-minute offense. It was a situation in the game that we felt like we were going to take that shot. It was a situational thing where it was just something we needed to work on.”
Chantler and Nelson shook hands following the game and appeared to leave on good terms.
“Jess and I are good friends and we talked,” Chantler said. “I think his frustration was directed a little bit more at the situation of the game. He and I just talked and we're fine and I think he was frustrated at kind of the way the game had gone, maybe some of the calls. We talked, we're fine, he understood.”
Stadium's lone score came on a Tre Scott 2 yard keeper in the third quarter. Tides' tailback Sterling Brown accounted for 124 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns. The Tides scored two touchdowns in their first four plays, before the Tigers even ran an offensive play, en route to a 54-7 victory. Quarterback Conor Scanlan connected with Santana Johnson for a 59 yard score on the first offensive play of the game. Despite the gaudy offensive output, Scanlan said the offense can be better.
“I'll say what I said last week,” Scanland said. “Every game we play right now is against perfection. We can better. We can always be better. We've got some stuff to clean up.”
Among the things the Tides will need to do better is protect Scanlan, who was hit on more than one occasion Friday night.
“We need to work on how we handle pressure,” Scanland said. “Stadium sent some pressure tonight, when we get to Olympia, we have to be able to deal with that.”
Chantler pointed to protection issues as well but was pleased with the offense overall.
“We put up a lot of yardage tonight offensively, we'll have to watch the tape and see how good that really was,” Chantler said. “I think some of our blocking schemes need to be cleaned up a little bit more. I thought our defense played really well, they rallied to the football.”
The Tides were able to play many of the second and third stringers, giving them valuable game experience.
“We got a lot of kids in the game tonight, it'll be nice for our younger kids to just continue to get more experience,” Chantler said. “You never know when they're going to be needed in action.”
Gig Harbor travels to Olympia next week in what's shaping up to be a huge game in the league. The Tides will need to be nearly perfect to escape with a win at Olympia.
“If we can clean up some of the blocking schemes on offense, do a little bit of a better job pointing out pressures, cause Olympia's going to bring a lot of pressure, I think we'll be just fine,” Chantler said.
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