The celebration was a bit premature for Gig Harbor Tides fans at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy last night.
“Hey, photographer,” a Gig Harbor senior calls out conspiratorially just before the game. “Point your camera our way after the national anthem. It will be cool.”
Well, it was a sight to see. A few dozen students tossed white baby powder into the air, dusting the stands with a sweet smelling mist. That was the only time the home crowd could really celebrate.
The Lions of Bellarmine Prep from Tacoma made sure of that. They rolled the Tides 59-14 for their third consecutive 4A Narrows League title. Bellarmine coolly dispatched the Tides, exclusively keeping the ball on the ground for 511 yards.
Nathan Golterman, Bellarmine’s diminutive running back, torched Gig Harbor for two touchdown runs of 78 and 80 yards in the first half. No one on the Tides could get a hand on Golterman. The Tides defense could not stop anyone wearing a white jersey, it seemed.
Jamal Ervin ran for four more touchdowns and Bellarmine quarterback Lou Millie snuck in a couple. All in the first half. All on the ground.
The Tides’ miserable night began with kicker Tyler Anderson mishandling a snap on their own 15 yard line, leading to Bellarmine’s first score. It was 52-0 at halftime.
Bellarmine’s playoff experience trumped the Tides’ razzle dazzle offense. Despite the loss, Gig Harbor (7-2, 5-1) is in the playoffs one year after finishing 3-7 last season.
I guess that is something worth celebrating.