Peninsula delivered a message to Gig Harbor Friday night: The rivalry in the harbor is very much alive.
Danny Welstad rushed for a career-best six touchdowns and the football team trampled 48-9 at the annual game on Friday at Roy Anderson Field in Gig Harbor.
Welstad eclipsed the 200-yard mark with four scores in the first half. On the Seahawks second possession, Welstad took a handoff 74 yards for a score. Welstad added three more touchdown runs in the first half, including a 63-yarder.
"We did exactly what we thought we were going to," Welstad said. "We're going into the next game fired up. We know what we have to work on, but we're going to have a great season."
The annual game drew a full crowd in the season opener for both schools.
Peninsula was looking to avenge last year's 31-7 loss to the Tides and di not so in a major way. The victory narrowed the rivalry deficit to 18-15in favor of Gig Harbor.
"If you don't stop the run, you're not going to win many football games," Gig Harbor head coach Darren McKay said. "They were a better football team than us, they played better than us tonight, and they were more physical."
The game also collected more than 700 cans of food to donate to the .
Check back later for video coverage of the game on Patch.