Tides' big plays top Trojans

"It was night and day for Gig Harbor's offense.In its previous contest, the Tides football team couldn't do anything to get into the end zone. Last Friday, Olympic seemingly couldn't do anything to keep them out as Gig Harbor won its first game of the season, 38-12, behind the four touchdowns of Jason Barton.The running game is not where we want it to be, Tides coach Darren McKay said. But we have been able to throw when we want.And with quarterback Zach Lester at the helm, the Tides' offense did not miss a step. Lester had a hand in every point Gig Harbor scored. From throwing four touchdown passes (three to Barton) to kicking all of the extra points, the senior quarterback made his presence known.Lester went 14-for-21 as he racked up 234 yards and four touchdowns. He also kicked a 37-yard field goal for good measure, and Barton also ran back a punt 46 yards for a score.Big plays were what got them the big points, said Olympic coach Pete Weymiller, whose team dropped to 0-2 on the season. They've got some good kids.Despite the loss, Weymiller said he saw some significant improvements in his team's play from the previous week, when it lost 49-3 to Bethel.We're starting to get some more fire and experience, Weymiller said. Our underclassmen are starting to get the feel of what it's like out there, and they're stepping up.One of them, sophomore Jarrel Nelson, broke loose for a 64-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He finished with 81 rushing yards on 10 carries.Chris Ebert hit Brandon Frandsen from 28 yards for Oly's other score, which pulled the visiting Trojans to a 24-6 halftime deficit. But Lester found Anthony Campos from 15 yards out and Barton tacked on his scoring punt return to give the Tides their cushion. Barton caught a 50-yard TD pass from Lester in response to Nelson's scoring run. On its opening drive, it looked like Gig Harbor was still feeling the effects of the previous week's 20-0 loss to O'Dea. After driving past midfield, the Tides fumbled.However, instead of dwelling on the mistake, Gig Harbor kept its composure on defense, keeping Olympic from capitalizing on the field position. The fumble ended up being the Tides' only turnover of the game.Barton helped light up the Trojans' young defense from his wingback position. He tallied 152 yards and three touchdowns on seven receptions. He also returned a punt for a score.I was expecting them to play tight man-to-man, Barton said. They were keying on me, but I was running a lot of streaks by them. They seemed to be standing flat-footed, watching the action in the backfield.Ebert went 4 for 6 through the air for 58 yards for Oly. He was intercepted once.Weymiller said two-way lineman Kyle Anderson is lost for the season after suffering a knee injury in the game, but added that the news could've been worse.At first, we all thought he had a fractured femur, which could've been life-threatening, Weymiller said. I feel bad for Kyle, but at least he'll have a chance to walk normally again and hopefully play baseball. "

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