Home state play-in games in early November are starting to become the norm around Peninsula High School.
The seventh-ranked Seahawks assured themselves of another one – their third in the past four seasons – after routing Decatur, 48-3, at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.
It appears after Peninsula finishes up the regular season next week at Enumclaw, a likely playoff game against Mount Si, the KingCo 3A’s third seed, will happen in the 10th week.
“That is huge for us,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said “We love playing at Roy Anderson Field. It will be big for our seniors to play there one more time. We were locked on that tonight.”
Peninsula racked up 560 yards of total offense and limited the Gators to 178. Running back Danny Welstad continued his dazzling senior campaign for the Seahawks. He carried the ball 33 times for 285 yards and five touchdowns, and also caught five passes for 50 yards and a score.
Quarterback Austin Filkins’ 16-yard dart to tight end Kyle Self put the Seahawks up 14-3 after one quarter.
Bethel 42, at Curtis 21: Justin Hordyk ran for a score (14 yards), passed for another one (7-yard pass to Brandon Kirian) in the first half as the Vikings easily pulled away for a victory in University Place.
Hordyk finished with 103 rushing yards, and 77 passing.
At Puyallup 64, Beamer 28: Eight different Vikings scored touchdowns at Sparks Stadium, including two electrifying runs by Jeremy Misailegalu, as Puyallup cruised to a home victory.
Both of Misailegalu’s runs – 29 and 46 yards – were finished off by carrying tacklers in the end zone.
At Tahoma 46, Kentridge 42: The Bears rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to pull out the victory.
Jimme Davis, who rushed for 233 yards, played quarterback in Kentridge’s “Wildcat” formation after halftime. A fumble on the first play of the final quarter, leading to Tahoma’s Beau Riggs’ game-winning score for Tahoma – a 6-yard touchdown run.
At Jefferson 47, Mount Rainier 6: The Raiders made a bit of history Friday, earning their first football playoff spot.
Kyle Williams had four touchdown runs, including an 80-yarder late in the first quarter to give Jefferson the lead for good.
At Lincoln 40, Yelm 13: The Abes kept their league title hopes alive, getting 155 rushing yards and a pair of scores from standout Emmanuel Thompkins in a victory at Lincoln Bowl.
The Abes host Capital next week. If they win, and Timberline also wins, the three times would be tied for first place – and have to play a tiebreaker to determine the No. 1 seed to the postseason.
Bonney Lake 45, at Enumclaw 13: The Panthers kept their slim playoff hopes alive as Chris Brown threw for 228 yards and four touchdowns on the road.
Next week, Bonney Lake must upset No. 2 Lakes, and Auburn Mountainview would have to lose to Decatur.
At Franklin Pierce 40, Fife 28: Iopu Ignacio finished off a huge effort (260 rushing yards) with fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 3 and 6 yards, and the Cardinals remained atop the league standings with a victory in Parkland.
Ignacio’s last score gave Franklin Pierce a 40-20 lead.
White River 42, at Clover Park 15: Josh Miller’s 75-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter put the Hornets comfortably ahead at Harry E. Lang Stadium, and kept them in the hunt for the league title.
At Sumner 49, Washington 46: In his first start, ninth grader Chase Torgison led the Spartans 83 yards in the final 53 seconds for a game-winning score – his 19-yard pass to Tyler Salisbury – in a wild game at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Torgison passed for 365 yards and six touchdowns.