Peninsula rolls over Nathan Hale, 45-0 | 3A Football
Peninsula quarterback Austin Filkins threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks won their eighth straight.
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GIG HARBOR — Over the past eight weeks, Peninsula High football games have resembled a monster-truck show — with the Seahawks' opponents continually getting flattened like a bunch of station wagons.
Peninsula won its eighth straight game Friday, owning both sides of the ball to claim a 45-0 victory over the Nathan Hale Raiders in a Class 3A state playoff contest at Roy Anderson Field.
The Seahawks (9-2) haven't lost since a 28-21 setback to Union in Week 3, but they'll likely get their toughest test of the year next week when they face the defending state champion Bellevue Wolverines in the state quarterfinals.
"You would think that we might be trying to look forward to Bellevue, but we always look at the first test we have," said Peninsula quarterback Austin Filkins, who threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Peninsula hasn't been challenged since the loss to Union, beating its opponents by an average of 41 points.
The Seahawks started a bit slowly against the Raiders, turning the ball over on downs before the Raiders marched 48 yards. But Hale's Colin Davies missed a 38-yard field goal off the upright.
It was all Peninsula after that. Filkins capped a 13-play, 79-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Peninsula had a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
By halftime, the margin grew to 21-0 as Jimmy Price and Conner Walch scored on short runs.
In the third quarter, Filkins threw TD passes to Kyle Self and Alex Weymiller to make it 35-0. The senior quarterback completed 14 of 18 throws.
"They were aware of all the deep stuff we have with Weymiller all the time," Filkins said. "So we came in knowing we needed the underneath stuff. It worked well."
Meanwhile, Peninsula's defense kept Hale's wing-T running attack in check, collected four interceptions and recovered two fumbles.
"We were ready to look at the man in the mirror," said senior linebacker Austin Wheat, who scored on a 7-yard interception return for the game's final points. "We told ourselves to give everything we had, and just go full out."