The Storm beat South Delta of British Columbia last week in a score that seems to come out of a video game.
After breaking down hours of footage, there was only one way to describe Squalicum’s football win last week.
“It was like a video game,” said fourth-year coach Nick Lucey. Squalicum defeated South Delta, B.C., 85-70 in a nonleague matchup that was thrilling — and cringe-worthy if you’re a defensive coordinator. Yes, 85-70.
And as you’d expect, defense was a focus at practice this week.
“Things like making sure you have proper leverage to the ball and are playing team defense,” said Lucey of his young team that allowed 654 passing yards and seven touchdowns. “There were times when guys went in pretty fast and not controlled. Their quarterback was able to find a way to wiggle out of things and make some plays downfield.”
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The Storm, ranked fourth in The Seattle Times’ Class 3A poll, trailed at halftime. It converted an interception into a 14-yard rushing touchdown for quarterback Spencer Lloyd for the go-ahead score.
Lloyd passed for 261 yards while senior Triston Smith rushed for 445 yards and six touchdowns on 28 carries.
Squalicum (2-0) will know Friday if its defense learned anything from the South Delta game. The Storm opens Wesco 3A play against Marysville-Pilchuck (1-1), which features a mobile quarterback in senior Kee-An Ballard.
Ballard had 159 total yards and three touchdowns in a 49-0 win against Lynnwood last week.
“Yeah, he can move, too, so we’re going to have to play disciplined defense,” Lucey said. “It doesn’t matter how good the other team is, you don’t want to give up that many points, so we want to get back on the field. Our guys know they’re better than that. There’s a pride thing that comes into this, too.”
Tumwater announced it will dedicate its football field to former coach Sid Otton on Friday. The ceremony will take place at 6:45 p.m., the T-birds kicking off against Bellevue at 7.
Otton retired last season after 43 years leading Tumwater. He left as the state’s all-time winningest coach with a 394-131 career record, which includes stints in Coupeville and Colfax.
The words “Sid Otton Field” are now emblazoned on the sideline where players first step onto the turf. The T-birds, ranked No. 2 among Class 2A schools, are 2-0 to open the season, while the No. 9 Wolverines are off to a 1-1 start.
Bill Beattie, who coached at Olympia for 22 years, took over for Otton, who was his high-school coach.
Skyview, ranked ninth in the Class 4A poll, didn’t fare well against the Metro League’s best passing team in Eastside Catholic. This week Skyview will test its team against the league’s best running team.
Skyview (1-1) faces O’Dea at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The Irish (2-0) are second to Eastside in the Class 3A poll. The latter defeated Skyview 49-21 in Vancouver. The Storm played without wide receiver/defensive end Cole Grossman due to a shoulder injury.
Bothell quarterback Jacob Sirmon bounced back well after a season-opening loss to Woodinville. The University of Washington commit threw 10 incomplete passes to open a 36-14 loss to the rival Falcons in Week 1.
Sirmon helped Bothell respond against Mount Si, completing 20 of 25 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-14 win last week. Bothell (1-1) hosts Skyline (1-1) at Pop Keeney on Saturday.
The Spartans lost to Mount Si 41-30 to open the season.