BELLINGHAM - The Sehome Mariners can check off another to-do item for this season - beat Squalicum.
Sehome football defeated city-rival Squalicum 48-21 on Friday, Oct. 18, at Civic Stadium. The Mariners were led by their rushing attack, which totaled 389 yards and four touchdowns.
"Having Taylor Rapp back helped," Sehome coach Bob Norvell said. "He's a hard-working, emotional leader for us. Somebody was on our side with the fog tonight."
The heavy fog hung around the field the entire game, blocking timekeepers' and officials' views.
"I think the only problems with the fog were on kicking and punting," Sehome quarterback Daniel Ziegler said. "We didn't really pass deep too much (into the fog)."
Ziegler finished 12-19 passing with 160 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also rushed for 105 yards on 17 attempts. Rapp led the Mariners' rushing attack with 137 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.
Sehome found big yardage on the ground around the corners, exploiting Squalicum's defense fighting to control the middle.
"They kept their linebackers tight in the 4-4, so we were looking outside to get into the open," Ziegler said.
Sehome struck first in the game, with a four-minute opening drive to score on a one-yard run by Rapp. They found the end zone again in the second quarter, on a nine-yard pass to Austin Vosburgh from Ziegler. Vosburgh was another big player in the ground game, with 89 yards on six carries.
Squalicum opened the second half with a quick score on its second play from scrimmage, a 30-yard pass from Clark Hazlett to Ben Garcia. The first play had been a 54-yard pass to Ben Peterson from Hazlett.
The Mariners answered after Ziegler had a 23-yard run to set up his 10-yard touchdown pass to Evan Miksovsky. Squalicum then turned another quick drive into points, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Nick Koetje-Manchester. Koetje-Manchester finished with 35 yards on five carries.
Every time the Storm had a score to close the gap to six points, Sehome pulled away again. The Mariners opened the final quarter with Ziegler and Miksovsky connecting again for a six-yard touchdown. Squalicum wasted no time responding, as Damek Mitchell returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. Mitchell disappeared into the fog and broke a few tackles before breaking into the open field to finish the return.
Unfortunately for Squalicum, that was the final Storm highlite of the game. Sehome would score three more times, on runs by Rapp, Vosburgh and Blaise Black. In the late stages of the game the Mariners' defense clamped down, forcing Hazlett to throw the ball away and take a pair of large sacks.
"They have some big playmakers," Squalicum coach Reed Richardson said. "We had some opportunities, but we couldn't take advantage of them."
Squalicum's Peterson was the big playmaker for the Storm with three catches for 89 yards. Hazlett finished 10-20 for 175 yards and a passing touchdown.
Sehome plays next at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Civic Field against Sedro-Woolley, while Squalicum will hope to bounce back against Burlington-Edison at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Burlington-Edison.
Squalicum 0 0 14 7- 21
Sehome 7 6 7 28- 48
Sehome - Taylor Rapp 1 run (Samuel Diehl kick)
Sehome - Austin Vosburgh 9 pass from Daniel Ziegler (kick failed)
Squalicum - Ben Garcia 30 pass from Clark Hazlett (Quinn Carpenter kick)
Sehome - Evan Mikovsky 10 pass from Ziegler (Diehl kick)
Squalicum - Nick Koetje-Manchester 10 run (Carpenter kick)
Sehome - Mikovsky 6 pass from Ziegler (Diehl kick)
Squalicum - Damek Mitchell 88 kick return (Carpenter kick)
Sehome - Rapp 1 run (Diehl kick)
Sehome - Vosburgh 44 run (Diehl kick)
Sehome - Blaise Black 29 run (Diehl kick)
First downs 26 45
Rushing Att-Yards 28-90 53-389
Comp-Att-Int 11-21-0 11-18-0
Passing yards 193 142
Penalties-yards 3-15 4-40
Fumbles-lost 4-0 1-1
RUSHING - Squalicum: Luke Weber 8-38, Nick Koetje-Manchester 5-35, Clark Hazlett 14-9, Riley Zehnder 1-8. Sehome: Taylor Rapp 27-137, Daniel Ziegler 17-105, Austin Vosburgh 6-89, Blaise Black 1-29, Skyler Conner 1-16, Gary Vanieperen 1-13.
PASSING - Squalicum: Clark Hazlett 11-21-0-193. Sehome: Daniel Ziegler 11-18-0-142.
RECEIVING - Squalicum: Ben Peterson 3-89, Quinn Carpenter 4-62, Ben Garcia 1-30, Luke Weber 1-5, Nick Koetje-Manchester 1-4, Jess Swanson 1-3. Sehome: Evan Mikovsky 7-87, Gunnar Nelson 2-42, Austin Vosburgh 2-13.