The Squalicum Storm football team weathered an early slugfest with Kingston to defeat the Buccaneers 48-28 Friday, Sept. 6, at Kingston.
Squalicum quarterback Clark Hazlett led the Storm, throwing for 303 yards with an 80-percent completion percentage.
"Our quarterback was great tonight," Squalicum coach Reed Richardson said in a phone interview. "He stood in the pocket and hit the open receiver. ... He went through progression reads, and did exactly as he was coached."
Hazlett also benefitted from what Richardson said was incredible play by his group of receivers.
"They caught every ball," he said. "It sounds stupid (and) simple, but it is what happened."
The Storm led 21-13 with less than a minute to go in the first half when Kingston drove down and scored a touchdown with a 2-point conversion that tied the score. Squalicum, though, got the ball with less than 30 seconds left and drove the length of the field in just three plays, capped by a touchdown to bring the advantage to 28-21 Squalicum entering half.
"We drove straight down the field with 11 seconds left," Richardson said.
The Storm's defense held the Buccaneers to just one touchdown in the second half, sealing the win.
"Our defense sucked it up," Richardson said.
Squalicum host Sedro-Woolley Saturday, Sept. 14, at Civic Stadium, in an Northwest Conference 2A/3A game.