Winning Bay League has become a tradition for the Palos Verdes football team, as has jumping into the pool following a regular season-ending home victory.
Such was the case Friday afternoon, after Ryan Wilson bulldozed his way to 210 yards and three TDs and PV shut out Peninsula 28-0
"Jumping in the pool feels good because you worked so hard all season," Wilson said. "Every day we're out here, with no days off, and it's a big relief to win that last home game."
PV (7-3, 5-0) got going on its second offensive drive. After WIlson's 33-yard punt return set the Sea Kings up at the Peninsula 37-yard-line, Julian Alessi made a diving, fingertip catch on a 41-yard pass from Jake Jellison to put PV up 7-0.
PV added touchdowns on its next two drives on 2 and 44-yard Wilson touchdown runs to take a 21-0 lead with 8:17 left in the first half.
"(Wilson) is a heck of a player," PV coach Guy Gardner said. "He plays with high effort and high energy, and our guys up front did well. I was happy with our effort today."
Wilson set up the 2-yard score with a run that looked to get shut down at the line. But the tailback kept his legs moving before hitting the hole.
"That run was a power left, and I didn't see anything at first," Wilson said. "I made a cut and just turned on the jets."
Wilson was also a part of a PV defense that made it a long afternoon for Peninsula's offense.
The Panthers totaled 156 offensive yards on the day, including 27 in the first half.
"Credit coach (Jim) Hudnall and (Kevin) Neal, they did a great job with the defense," Gardner said. "You know when the other team isn't scoring, they're doing a great job."
Ethan Han led Peninsula (6-4, 3-2) offensively, rushing for 94 yards on 10 carries, but the Panthers totaled seven first downs on the afternoon.
"Our offense did not execute today," Peninsula coach Dave Young said. "Our quarterback (Ethan Gretzinger) did not play his best game, and we depend on him to create, to make plays and he wasn't at his best."
Gretzinger totaled 62 yards on the day, including 45 on 6-of-14 passing. Young knew before hand that Peninsula needed to show a different level of play if it were to keep pace with PV.
"We did not match PV's intensity," Young said. "PV came out hard, and we knew they would. We had to fight it. They played their butts off and earned the league title, and we need to find an intense way to playing."
While PV is assured a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs, the Panthers needed a Mira Costa victory over Redondo Friday night, and a bit of luck if it's season was to extend.
"We looked awful today," Young said. "We talked about controlling our destiny, but now its out of our control."
Peninsula found out Sunday morning that they'll play Ontario Christian in Friday night's CIF-SS Division 11 first round. The game will be played at South Torrance High School.
PV will play Harvard-Westlake Friday night at El Camino College. Both Peninsula and PV's first round playoff football games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
Chadwick (8-0) will host Riverside County Education Academy Saturday, Nov 3 at 1 p.m.