Peninsula stuck with their year-long recipe for success against the visiting Bonney Lake Panthers on Friday night: a heavy dose of Avega Siolo. The senior running back rushed for 212 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns, guiding the Seahawks to a 30-7 win over the Panthers on a rainy and windy night at Roy Anderson Field.
“We had a great gameplan coming in,” said Peninsula head coach Ross Filkins. “He (Siolo) gave us a tremendous effort tonight. Hats off to our offensive line as well, they did a great job all night long.”
Siolo deflected credit to the offensive line as well. The o-line, in addition to opening huge holes for Siolo, has now gone eight games without allowing quarterback Robert Kvinsland to be sacked.
“The whole team, all the linemen were all connected and all on the same page,” Siolo said. “There was good execution on the blocking.”
Bonney Lake head coach Jason Silbaugh tipped his hat to Peninsula's potent running attack.
“They're a really good running team,” he said. “(Siolo) is a heck of a back. Filkin's got a great program. They're a tough-nosed team and they keep you on your toes.”
Bonney Lake's lone score came in the first quarter, when quarterback Isaiah Weed connected with Alex Schantz for a 20 yard pass. The ball went right over the hands of the safety.
“It was a great defensive effort,” Filkins said. “The touchdown they did get, we had a guy right in position, he just got out jumped for the ball. We felt really good about our defensive game plan and our kids executed really well.”
The weather conditions made it difficult for either team to sustain success in the passing game. Kvinsland finished eight of 13 passing for 92 yards. Kvinsland's job was made easier by Siolo's production.
“He was clutch,” Kvinsland said. “The rain was tough to pass in, so it really helped having Avega. Once he's in the open field, he's almost impossible to tackle.”
However, Filkins said the weather didn't affect the passing game.
“We just wanted to run the ball,” Filkins said. “It's always a beautiful night for football in downtown Purdy, Washington. That wasn't an issue for us at all. We loved it, it was fun.”
Siolo said the team enjoyed the weather.
“There was nothing wrong with the weather, we love this weather,” he said. “This is Seahawk weather right here. We love it down here with the rain in Purdy. We were looking forward to the rain and we wanted to establish the run early. We were able to do that. Practice was very good during the week, and the coaches did their job and so did the players.”
Peninsula will host 3A defending champion Bellevue next week at Roy Anderson Field.
Bonney Lake 7 0 0 0-7
Peninsula 9 7 7 7-30
P – Avega Siolo 10 run (Matt Hoge kick), 8:57
P – Isaiah Weed intentional grounding in endzone, SAFETY, 7:40
B – Trevor Barger 20 pass from Weed (kick), 3:47
P – Avega Siolo 1 run (Matt Hoge kick), 7:06
P – Avega Siolo 1 run (Matt Hoge kick), 6:30
P – Levi Alton 5 run (Matt Hoge kick), 7:13
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