The 3rd ranked Gig Harbor Tides, undaunted through gusty wind and steady rain easily whipped Bellarmine Prep 58-28 in 4A Narrows League action at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy Friday night. With the win in front of a Root Sports Northwest regional television audience, the Tides (9-0 overall, 6-0 league) claim the 4A Narrows League title. Gig Harbor moves into WIAA state playoff competition next Friday with a home game against Everett’s Mariner High.
The loss leaves Bellarmine Prep (6-3, 4-2) in post-season football peril. The Lions host the Curtis Vikings out of University Place next Friday in a play-in game for the state tourney. Gig Harbor/Mariner and Bellarmine/Curtis both begin at 7 p.m.
Senior quarterback Davis Alexander and the superior team speed of the Tides was the story of Friday’s game. Just 1:02 into the game Alexander kept the ball on a read option to his right and motored 78 yards for a score. Bellarmine’s Ahmad Lewis answered 55 seconds later with his own 72 yard TD run. But that would be the only early offense the Lions would muster as they watched Gig Harbor score 21 unanswered first quarter points. The gallant Lions fought the Tides to a near-stalemate the rest of the way but never drew closer than 13 points.
Alexander was 20/29 for 308 yards through the air. His completion percentage could have been much higher were it not for some lack of concentration drops by his receivers after the game was out of hand. Again and again in the first half, Tides’ receivers ran past the Bellarmine Prep defensive backs on the way to long gains. Alexander supplemented his passing exploits with 165 rushing yards on 13 carries. Overall the Tides amassed 601 yards of offense. Bellarmine Prep could manage only 354 yards. Notable individual performances (other than Alexander’s) included Tides’ wide receiver Kyle Olson-urbon’s 140 receiving yards, and Bellarmine’s Lewis with 206 yards rushing.
Of some concern to Tides’ fans is the health of their star quarterback. Still in the game and carrying the rock long after the outcome was assured, Alexander’s leg was dinged in the closing minutes. He was clearly favoring it as time expired. Hopefully, he will be at full-strength as the Tides roll into the post.
Now it is on to tourney season. A look at the brackets reveals some interesting information. Gig Harbor should dispatch lightly regarded Mariner with ease. If so, they would likely face powerful Skyline in the second round. If Bellarmine beats Curtis, they would likely play at Moses Lake a week later. Let the post-season party begin!