Oak Harbor begins its 2012 football playoff journey in Gig Harbor at Peninsula High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
As can be expected of a team that reaches the football playoffs, Peninsula features a high-powered offense and stingy defense.
After dropping nonleague games early in the season to two strong 4A teams that qualified for the playoffs, fourth-ranked Bellarmine Prep and Union, the Seahawks (7-2) have run off six straight wins. During that streak, no team has been within 22 points and three times Peninsula scored over 50 points. It averages 37 points per game.
The Seahawks are noted for their “Air Raid” offense, but this season have mixed in more runs to take advantage of talented, 6-2, 205-pound senior back Jimmy Price. Price has rushed for 757 yards on 106 carries (7.14 average) and scored eight touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Austin Filkins, 6-2, 210, is continuing Peninsula’s strong tradition of successfully throwing the ball, hitting 106 of 159 passes (67 percent) for 1,371 yards, 15 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
The offense is supported by kicker Sam Shea who has connected on eight of 12 field goals with a long of 42. He also averages 41 yards per punt.
The line features five seniors and averages only 207 pounds.
The defense, which starts 10 seniors, is small but tough, giving up only 11.6 points per game, and only Bellarmine Prep and Union have scored more than 13 in a game.
The leader of the group is 6-0, 200-pound inside linebacker Austin Wheat, who has 25 solo tackles, 32 assists and seven tackles for losses.
The winner of the Oak Harbor/Peninsula game hosts the winner of Shelton (7-2) and Nathan Hale (7-2) Nov. 9 or 10.