There was no question who the better team was at the 37th edition of the Fish Bowl at Friday night.
Gig Harbor rolled past Peninsula 40-14 without much resistance.
From the air, on the ground and controlling the line of scrimmage, the Tides thoroughly dominated their crosstown rivals.
But that is no reason to not continue with the party.
“The Fish Bowl means getting together with awesome friends and watching awesome football players hash it out,” said Natalie Roger, decked out from headdress to socks in Gig Harbor white and blue.
Roy Anderson Field was packed to capacity for the game, long lines of people trying to get in forming more than an hour before kickoff.
Last year’s edition was a thriller with Gig Harbor rallying for a dramatic 30-29 win.
Peninsula fans hoped for payback — the student section broking out in a chant of “I believe that we will win.”.
“Fish Bowl means kicking some Tide booty and supporting our boys on the field,” an enthusiastic Seahawks said before the game.
At the very least Peninsula fans hoped for a good game.
“It’s a time when two really great football teams come together and compete like gladiators,” said Gig Harbor head coach Aaron Chantler.
Peninsula head coach Ross Filkins said “I’ve been through a few of these and there is nothing like it.”
With what did he expect to win the game against the heavily favored Gig Harbor?
“All of us. Eleven is one,” Filkins said.
Alas, the reality was that the Tides were too strong for the Seahawks to handle.
Until next year.