Squalicum loses early lead, falls to Anacortes

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 12, 2013 

ANACORTES - Squalicum football couldn't stop Anacortes' rushing attack and fell 29-16 to the Seahawks on Friday, Oct. 11, at Anacortes High School. The Seahawks ran 43 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns against the Storm.

"They just controlled the line of scrimmage," Squalicum coach Reed Richardson said. "We tried to throw everything at them defensively."

Squalicum's Clark Hazlett led the Storm's offense, going 20-for-34 passing with 224 yards and one touchdown, while rushing eight times for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Late in the fourth quarter the Storm recovered a fumble on their own 20-yard line, but couldn't conjure up a comeback. Hazlett completed 3 of 8 passing attempts on what would be the final drive of the game, but after each incompletion he threw the ball with just as much confidence the next play.

"When it comes to incompletions you just have to have a short memory," Hazlett said. "Our linemen were leaders and did a good job protecting me."

Squalicum was able to force three turnovers, but couldn't find the end zone on the following drive each time. The Storm also racked up eight penalties for 65 yards.

"We defeated ourselves," Hazlett said. "We just didn't execute."

One of the last penalties negated a big play for Squalicum. From the Storm's 35-yard line, Hazlett found receiver Quinn Carpenter 10 yards downfield, and Carpenter took the ball all the way to the Anacortes 10-yard line. A holding call at about midfield brought the play all the way back to the Squalicum 47-yard line. Squalicum did score later on the drive, but didn't have time at the end of the quarter to strike again.

Jared Douglas was 9-for-16 with 126 yards through the air and a passing touchdown for Anacortes. His favorite target, Andrew Medalia, had a few early drops, but bounced back for five catches and 90 yards.

Squalicum's Luke Weber found room to run early, with 48 first-half rushing yards, but the Seahawks' defense clamped down on him and held him to just 8 yards in the second half. Hazlett found Ben Peterson six times for 93 yards receiving.

Carpenter, who is also Squalicum's kicker, nailed a 27-yard field goal to open the scoring in the first quarter. Anacortes followed with a 80-yard drive topped off by a 3-yard touchdown run by Nick Monroe.

The Storm put together a three-minute drill to end the first quarter with a 10-yard pass from Hazlett to Christian Jorgensen to take a 10-7 lead.

Anacortes had two long drives to drain the clock in the second quarter. Squalicum only ran 12 plays in the quarter. The second Anacortes drive ended with a 9-yard pass from Douglas to Joe D'Amelio, leaving only 48 seconds for Squalicum to try to answer.

The Seahawks held tight on defense and didn't let the Squalicum passing attack find the end zone to end the half with Anacortes leading 15-10.

Anacortes' defense ruled the third quarter, forcing two Storm turnovers. The Seahawks were able to capitalize with a Monroe 3-yard rushing touchdown after a fumble recovery.

In the fourth quarter Anacortes scored again, but Squalicum answered, fighting to get back in the game. The Seahawks tried to run the clock out with a few rushes by Douglas and Monroe before the fumble gave the Storm less than two minutes to score again.

Squalicum 10 0 0 6 -16

Anacortes 7 8 6 8 -29

First quarter

Squalicum - Quinn Carpenter 27 field goal

Anacortes - Nick Monroe 3 run (Eli Gallo kick)

Squalicum - Christian Jorgensen 10 pass from Clark Hazlett (Carpenter kick)

Second quarter

Anacortes - Joe D'Amelio 9 pass from Jared Douglas (2 point conversion good)

Third quarter

Anacortes - Monroe 3 run (2 point conversion failed)

Fourth quarter

Anacortes - Douglas 2 run (2 point conversion good)

Squalicum - Hazlett 1 run (2 point conversion failed)

Squal Anac

First Downs 28 32

Rushing Att-Yds 26-98 43-220

Comp-Att-Int 20-34-2 9-16-1

Passing Yards 224 126

Penalties-Yds 8-65 2-10

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2

Individual Leaders

RUSHING: Squalicum - Luke Weber 12-56, Clark Hazlett 8-26, Nick Koetje-Manchester 5-19, Ben Peterson 1-(-3). Anacortes - Nick Monroe 25-117, Jared Douglas 18-103.

PASSING: Squalicum - Clark Hazlett 20-34-1-224. Anacortes - Jared Douglas 9-16-1-126.

RECEIVING: Squalicum - Ben Peterson 6-93, Damek Mitchell 3-54, Christian Jorgensen 3-32, Ben Garcia 3-20, Quinn Carpenter 2-17, Blake Youtsey 3-8. Anacortes - Andrew Medalia 5-90, Nick Monroe 2-18, Joe D'Amelio 2-18.

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