The storm hitting the Pacific Northwest may not have played a huge factor in the 3A Wesco North Division game Friday, Oct. 14, but Squalicum’s sure did as the third-ranked Storm overpowered Marysville-Getchell 56-0.
“Every week we play like we’re playing a nameless, faceless opponent,” Squalicum coach Nick Lucey said. “The point for us is to play a sharp ball game every time we go out there.”
Triston Smith made electric plays all over the field as he rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries and also made a 27-yard touchdown catch against Getchell (1-6, 0-5).
The Storm (7-0, 4-0) mixed it up on offense in the first half, going ground heavy in the opening quarter and airing it out more in the second. Quarterback Garrett Sorenson rushed for touchdown and passed for two more.
A running clock greeted the second half as the Storm went into the break up 42-0.
The game was over when ...
Smith stepped on the field for Squalicum’s first drive, which set the tone for the game. On six carries, Smith bobbed and weaved for all of the Storm’s 92 yards, capped by a 17-yard score midway through the first quarter.
Play of the night
Ben Peterson returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown, going untouched for 80 yards. Peterson also caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Sorenson early in the second quarter to put the Storm up 21-0.
What it means
Squalicum’s win sets up a showdown with fourth-ranked Ferndale at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Civic Stadium that will determine the 3A Wesco North Division title.
“They’ve got it rolling this year, and we’re excited for the opportunity to play them,” Lucey said. “It will be a fun week of preparation; they have 11 guys and so do we, so we’ll see what happens.”
Unsung hero of the game
The defense. The Storm allowed the Chargers 67 yards of total offense, only one first down (on Getchell’s first possession) in the first half and made two interceptions – by Noah Westerhoff and Jose Hernandez – en route to the team’s second shutout of the year.
Squ – Triston Smith 17 run (Ben Peterson kick)
Squ – Smith 4 run (Peterson kick)
Squ – Peterson 37 pass from Garrett Sorenson (Peterson kick )
Squ – Smith 43 run (Peterson kick)
Squ – Sorenson 12 run (Peterson kick)
Squ – Smith 27 pass from Sorenson (Peterson kick)
Squ – Peterson 80 kick return (Alex Everett kick)
Squ – Smith 72 run (Everett kick)
RUSHING – Squalicum: Triston Smith 13-250, Isiah Harrington 4-34, Garrett Sorenson 6-25, Jaymz Knowlton 3-9, Declan McGhee 2-8, Kenji Maeda 1-6, Spencer Lloyd 1-0. Marysville-Getchell: Caleb Koellmer 4-30, Ethan Watts 3-7, Ryan King: 6-5, Declan Sweatt: 5-3, Garrett Allan: 1-1, Cody Day: 1-(-2).
PASSING – Squalicum: Garrett Sorenson: 9-15-0-143, Spencer Lloyd 0-1-0-0. Marysville-Getchell: Caleb Koellmer 4-13-2-23.
RECEIVING – Squalicum: Ben Peterson 4-87, Triston Smith 1-27, Damek Mitchell 2-24, Noah Westerhoff 1-3, LeAndrew Alarcon 1-2. Marysville-Getchell: Charles Tait 4-23.