Their day finally arrived Friday night.
Through the first four weeks, you could say Emerald Ridge of the SPSL South and Gig Harbor of the Narrows League had been tough-luck losers – and sitting at 0-4.
Not anymore. The Jaguars upset Bethel, 52-35, at Sparks Stadium while Gig Harbor defeated Mount Tahoma, 49-7, in Tacoma to get new coach Aaron Chantler his first career victory.
In Puyallup, the Jaguars scored two defensive touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter that sealed up the win.
After a botched snap on an Emerald Ridge punt, Bethel took over trailing 45-35 with 31/2 minutes remaining – and immediately went to the air for a quick strike.
Instead, Jaguars safety Joe Subido picked off a pass and rumbled 60 yards for a score, and 52-35 Emerald Ridge lead with 2:02 remaining.
“It was a great win for the team,” Emerald Ridge co-coach Troy Halfaday said. “They finished, and we had not been able to do that yet. We are proud of their willingness to believe in the core values we want to establish here.”
In Tacoma, the Tides scored early and often, riding quarterback Garrett Gallanger (6-for-11, 139 yards, four touchdowns) and running back Sterling Brown (eight carries, 100 yards, TD).
“We needed it,” Chantler said. “They came out fired up and ready to play, and executed well. Everything kind of clicked.
“They deserved to win. To get through all the ups and downs football brings … we were all just waiting to (break through). I can’t give them enough credit.”