The Peninsula Seahawks knew they would have to be nearly perfect to beat the defending Class 3A state champion Bellevue Wolverines on Saturday night at Roy Anderson Field.
In the first half, they were far from it.
Bellevue took advantage of Peninsula miscues to jump out to a 48-0 lead and ended the Seahawks’ state-tournament run in the quarterfinals, 48-27. The Wolverines will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Shadle Park in the semifinals at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane.
Bellevue featured star running back Budda Baker, who showed the home fans why he’s so highly touted. Baker ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage and finished with 93 yards on just three carries.
Bellevue stuck with its ground game the whole evening and put on a dizzying display of its misdirection option offense.
“Their execution, and also their speed (is hard to stop),” Peninsula head coach Ross Filkins said. “It’s incredibly difficult to prepare for that team speed that they have.”
Bellevue’s defense and special teams also came ready to play. The Wolverines scored a touchdown on a blocked punt and returned two interceptions for scores.
Peninsula executed its offense in the second half against the Bellevue backups, scoring on an Avega Siolo run, two passes from quarterback Robert Kvinsland to Ian Hodge and Kyle Olson-Urbon, and a 90-yard fumble recovery from Jack Andrews.
“We wanted to finish what we started,” Kvinsland said. “We didn’t want to lose and be completely embarrassed. We came out and kept playing our hardest, like we were playing against No. 1s. We wanted to finish our season on a high note, which that second half was.”
Kvinsland reflected on how far this team went despite a rough opening with losses against Bellarmine Prep and Gig Harbor — both 4A state-tournament teams. Bellarmine will play Camas in a state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
“This team means everything to me,” Kvinsland said. “There’s nothing I would’ve wanted more than to win that game and get to the Dome, but it was a great season. We made a huge stride from getting our butts kicked at Bellarmine and in the Fish Bowl, and then going on that big eight-win stretch. I don’t think anybody saw that coming for us, and then we ended up in the quarterfinals this year.”
Filkins said the team fought hard, despite considerable losses. Bellevue also eliminated Peninsula from the state quarterfinals last season.
“I’m just so proud of my players,” Filkins said. “We had a tremendous season. After losing 19 starters, graduating 25 seniors and all of our specialists, these guys came out and really battled hard all year long. All we asked them at halftime after a disastrous first half was just, play it 0-0, and come out and just play Seahawk football, and they did that, and I’m really proud of them for how they finished.”
bellevue 48, peninsula 27
B — Budda Baker 65 run (Khodamoradi kick), 11:46
B — Sam Richmond 22 run (kick failed), 7:55
B — Mustafa Branch 3 run (Khodamoradi kick), 4:06
B — Isaiah Gilchrist 8 run (Khodamoradi kick), 11:54
B — Rio Morales 20 run after blocked punt (Khodamoradi kick), 10:30
B — Ryan Gilbert interception return (Khodamoradi kick), 9:57
B — Jack Michael interception return (Khodamoradi kick), 8:48
P — Avega Siolo 26 run (kick failed), 6:49
P — Kyle Olson-Urbon 32 pass from Robert Kvinsland (Hoge kick), 10:37
P — Ben Smith 90 fumble return (Hoge kick), 5:33
P — Ian Hodge 22 pass from Kvinsland (Hoge kick), 0:52Sports reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.