Through three games, no one has figured out how to stop Danny Welstad and the Peninsula Seahawks’ offense.
Welstad’s running and more punishing blocking from the Seahawks’ offensive line proved fatal to the Wilson Rams on Friday in a 52-21 non-league annihilation at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.
Welstad, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior, rushed for three first-half touchdowns and now has 13 scores for the Seahawks (3-0 overall).
Peninsula showed no mercy to the Rams (0-3), who were coming off a blowout loss to Bellarmine Prep. The Seahawks scored on all seven possessions in the first half, starting with Welstad’s 23-yard sprint around the right side.
Peninsula regained possession following Cole Malpass’s interception, and quarterback Austin Filkins threw a well-executed play-action pass to Kory Vanderstaay for a 36-yard TD.
“Our offensive coordinator has been planning that,” Vanderstaay said of the play. “Watching film, we’ve seen that the safety has a tendency to come up too early, so we just took advantage of that, threw one over the top.”
A surprise onside kick caught the Rams off guard moments later, and Alex Weymiller recovered for Peninsula. Two plays later, Welstad rumbled 44 yards for the score and a 21-0 margin.
“We wanted to get off to a fast start and avoid any kind of complacency,” Seahawks coach Ross Filkins said. “It was good to see a good start. We’ve got to come out in the second half a little better.”
Welstad also had a 4-yard score in the second quarter, while Filkins and Vanderstaay hooked up for a second time on a 16-yard scoring play.
Peninsula harried Wilson quarterback Moses Lewis, getting sacks from Malpass, Daniel Portillo and Luke Plummer to lead 45-7 at the half.
“We were really excited before the game, and we just wanted to come out really hot,” said Portillo, who plays on both sides of Peninsula’s line.
James Sivonen replaced Lewis to start the second half, and he led Wilson on a 75-yard drive that ended when he rolled left and found tight end Connor Patterson for a 2-yard score.
Devon Phillips had a 3-yard TD run for the Rams in the fourth quarter. But the Rams lost a fumble and were intercepted three times.
Peninsula takes its unbeaten mark to Timberline next week before opening its league season at second-ranked Lakes.
“We take pride in taking each game one week at a time,” Portillo said. “We’re looking forward to Timberline now.”