Delta, B.C. - Squalicum football defeated Seaquam 48-6 during a non-conference game on Saturday, Sept. 28, behind 117 rushing yards from running back Luke Weber. He also rushed for a 15-yard touchdown in the third quarter for Squalicum's final touchdown.
"It was a total team effort. We had six different players score touchdowns," Squalicum coach Reed Richardson said in a phone interview. "The nice thing is that we played a lot of different players, and they all stepped up and did well."
Squalicum opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run by Nick Manchester. Manchester would also score on a 17-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 47 yards on seven attempts.
The Storm's second touchdown came when Christian Jorgensen caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Clark Hazlett. Hazlett finished the game with three yards rushing and completed 2 of 3 passes for 40 yards.
Squalicum was solid defensively throughout the game and scored two defensive touchdowns. The first came at the end of the first quarter when Taylor Russell hit the Seaquam quarterback and the ball came loose. Russell picked up the ball and ran it back 25 yards for a touchdown.
The second defensive touchdown came at the beginning of the second quarter when Blake Youtsey jumped a screen pass by Seaquam and ran it back 30 yards for a touchdown.
After Manchester's second touchdown run, Quinn Carpenter grabbed a 38-yard touchdown pass from Jorgensen, who had replaced Hazlett at quarterback. Jorgensen finished 3-of-9 passing for 73 yards.
Carpenter, Squalicum's kicker, finished 6 of 7 on PATs. Damek Mitchell had four rushes for 60 yards and Creighton Kaui added four more rushes for 26 yards. Ben Peterson had one catch for 30 yards, and Ben Garcia also had a catch for 29 yards.
This game meant a little more to Squalicum after the players lost a fellow classmate in a car accident this past week. Prior to the game, the Storm players decided to dedicate the game to their classmate and her family, Richardson said.
Squalicum's next game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Civic Stadium when the Storm takes on Ferndale. Richardson said the game will be a big test for Squalicum.
"We felt like we got better in practice and in the game this week, so we have to continue to get better before the Ferndale game," he said.
Squalicum 21 20 7 0- 48
Seaquam 0 0 0 6- 6
Squalicum - Nick Manchester 5 run (Quinn Carpenter kick)
Squalicum - Christian Jorgensen 10 pass from Clark Hazlett (Carpenter kick)
Squalicum - Taylor Russell 25 fumble return (Carpenter kick)
Squalicum - Blake Youtsey 35 interception return (Kick failed)
Squalicum - Manchester 17 run (Carpenter kick)
Squalicum - Carpenter 38 pass from Jorgensen (Carpenter kick)
Squalicum - Luke Weber 15 run (Carpenter kick)
Seaquam - Touchdown (Kick failed)
First downs 22
Rushing Att-Yards 29-253
Passing yards 113
RUSHING - Squalicum: Luke Weber 7-117, Damek Mitchell 4-60, Nick Manchester 7-47, Creighton Kaui 4-26, Jay McWilliams 1-5, Clark Hazlett 3-3, Christian Jorgensen 3-(-6).
PASSING - Squalicum: Clark Hazlett 2-3-40-0, Christian Jorgensen 3-9-73-0.
RECEIVING - Squalicum: Quinn Carpenter 1-38, Ben Peterson 1-30, Ben Garcia 1-29, Christian Jorgensen 1-10, Blake Youtsey 1-1.