The 44th Fish Bowl, matching Peninsula High (1-1) against Gig Harbor High (2-0), kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Roy Anderson Field. Here’s what you need to know.
The Fish Bowl has been played 43 times. Peninsula has won the game 22 times, Gig Harbor 21. The Seahawks took the lead with last year’s come-from-behind, 35-28, overtime win.
Peninsula coach Ross Filkins: 26 years, 168-101 overall record
Gig Harbor coach Darrin Reeves: 1st year, 2-0 overall record
Fans cheer during a game earlier this season.
On February 10, 1981, the Peninsula School Board dedicated the field that both schools call home in honor of coach Roy Anderson. He coached in multiple capacities from 1947 (when he coached football, basketball and baseball at Peninsula) to 1975, when he became Peninsula’s first athletic director. He also formed the Peninsula Athletic Association, which is still providing athletic opportunities for local youth today.
Peninsula won the 1978 state title with a 35-34 victory over Pullman in the old Kingdome. Larry Lunke was the Seahawks’ coach.
Raonall Smith, a Peninsula linebacker who had 38 sacks in two years with Peninsula High. He played at Washington State and was MVP of the 2001 Sun Bowl before the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played for the Vikings and Rams for six years.
Paul Skansi was a wide receiver for Peninsula’s 1978 state champions. At Washington, he set a Husky record for career passes caught from 1979 to 1982 (the record has since been broken). The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in the fifth round of the 1983 NFL Draft and he played eight years in the league with the Steelers and Seahawks.
Cory Proctor, an offensive lineman, played at Gig Harbor High and the University of Montana before spending five years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins played tight end at Gig Harbor and UW, winning the Mackey Award as the best tight end in college football in 2013. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked him in the second round of the 2014 draft and he spent five years with the Bucs, Jets and Jaguars.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m., but gates open at 4:30. Gig Harbor is the home team. GHHS students and fans are to enter through the ASB gate on the southeast side of the stadium by the shop. PHS students and fans should use the away “side gate” by the tennis courts. Guests may come to Roy Anderson Field between 3 and 3:30 PM to find and reserve seats for the game.
The game was selected in social media fan voting as the KING 5 Game of the Week. Cameras will be rolling and highlights shown on KING 5 television after the game.
Radio station KGHP 89.9 FM will broadcast the game live and the game will be live streamed on NFHS Network.
The National Weather Service forecast for Gig Harbor tonight shows a slight chance of showers. Temperatures should be in the 50s or low 60s.
Tickets cost $8 for adults or $5 for students, seniors and military members with ID. All kids younger than 5 are free, as well as ASB students and Peninsula School District staff. Tickets can be purchased online. Please print your ticket before the event and bring it with you to the entrance gate. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the game at the two main cashier entrances. Tickets at the gate are cash only.
This week is also the annual Food Bowl competition to collect food to donate to Backpacks for Kids. All donations of non-expired food will be accepted.
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This game has attracted thousands of spectators in the past and parking is limited. Some parking will be available at PHS, Purdy Elementary School, and the educational service center. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and carpool.
No large bags or backpacks. Only clear bags which are smaller in size will be permitted. Once fans enter the facility and then leave, there will be no re-entry.
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