In 18 seasons as the football coach at Peninsula High, there aren’t many things Ross Filkins’ teams haven’t been able to do.
One of the big things on the checklist – beating the Lakes Lancers – hadn’t been accomplished until Friday night. But Peninsula owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and pulled away in the second half for a 30-7 victory at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.
The victory gave the Seahawks the undisputed title in the Class 3A South Puget Sound League, and gave them momentum going into next weekend’s first-round playoff game at home.
For Filkins, the win meant a lot to him, his players and the program as a whole. Lakes had its 30-game league winning streak snapped in the SPSL 3A.
“It’s validation for a lot of hard work,” he said. “This one here has been years in the making, and history is kind to those who persevere.”
The Lancers will also host a playoff game next week against O’Dea. But for one night, they were left to ponder a game that got away from them in the second half.
“I think, No. 1, Peninsula played great,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “They brought the type of mentality you need to win a championship game.”