Here is an inside look at the 2019 Gig Harbor Tides football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
5-5 in 3A SSC (fifth place)
George Fairhart, third season
Offense - 3. Defense - 4.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
RB Jake Jennings, 6-3, 230, jr.
OL Sam Peacock, 6-6, 265, sr.
OL Brandon Rivera, 6-3, 280, sr.
TE Tate Turnbull, 6-3, 235, jr.
RB Trevor Zeitner, 5-10, 170, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Sam Peacock, 6-6, 265, sr.
DL Brandon Rivera, 6-3, 280, sr.
DL Tate Turnbull, 6-3, 235, jr.
LB Trevor Zeitner, 5-10, 170, sr.
DB Ethan Williams, 5-0, 140, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Sam Peacock, offensive lineman
Oregon State-bound tackle won 3A state shot put title (nearly 60 feet)
Sam Rivera, offensive lineman
The blend of quick feet and mauler madness not fair for defenders
Ethan Williams, defensive back
All-league kick returner also was top ball hawk (five INT) at free safety
In Fairhart's three decades of coaching, he has never had a pair of offensive linemen like Peacock and Rivera playing at the same time.
Peacock is a hulking, quick-footed tackle. Rivera is an athletic, punishing guard. They usually play on opposite sides, but in certain situations, the Tides will line them up next to each other.
Now, can the Tides keep their primary skill position players healthy -- something that did not happen a season ago.
Cade Dessert has been in and out of the lineup for two years at quarterback, but it is his job now. He's a heady runner who can also sling it.
And Dessert should have some guys to throw it to, notably Turnbull, Williams and slot receiver Zane Skansi, the nephew of former Washington Huskies standout Paul Skansi.
Sept 5: at Spanaway Lake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Curtis, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Timberline, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Yelm, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at North Thurston, 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 11: Capital, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Shelton, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Peninsula, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Central Kitsap, 7 p.m.