High School Football

Squalicum pulls away for big win in top-10 matchup of unbeatens

Squalicum’s Damek Mitchell rips the ball from the hands of Oak Harbor’s Mackenzie Nuanez before returning it for a touchdown Friday, Sept. 30, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
Squalicum’s Damek Mitchell rips the ball from the hands of Oak Harbor’s Mackenzie Nuanez before returning it for a touchdown Friday, Sept. 30, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. eabell@bhamherald.com

In a matchup of unbeaten teams ranked among the top 10 in Class 3A, the No. 3 Squalicum football team defeated No. 7 Oak Harbor 47-20 in a 3A Wesco North division game Friday, Sept. 30, at Civic Stadium.

The Storm (5-0, 3-0) bolted to a 7-0 lead on the first play of the game from scrimmage as senior Ben Peterson burned Oak Harbor with a 69-yard run. Peterson rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the third quarter, and even took some snaps out of the wildcat formation.

After going up 13-0 at the end of the first quarter, Squalicum allowed Princeton Lollar Jr. to score on a 2-yard run. Lollar, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior and Oak Harbor’s biggest threat, has rushed for 16 touchdowns this year, including two Friday.

Storm coach Nick Lucey said his team deserves credit despite its early struggles to contain Lollar.

“It really was a team effort,” Lucey said. “We had the best week of practice that I can remember, and it’s just cool to see it translate onto the field.”

TURNING POINT OF THE GAME

With 35 seconds left in the first half, quarterback Garrett Sorenson found Darious Powell on a 1-yard pass to put Squalicum up 19-7. After halftime, Squalicum scored 28 straight points to put Oak Harbor away.

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

Sorenson pitched the ball to Damek Mitchell on the right side, and Mitchell threw a 38-yard pass to a wide-open Noah Westerhoff for the first score of the third quarter.

Mitchell also recovered a fumble and returned it 31 yards for Squalicum’s last score of the quarter.

UP NEXT

Squalicum will play at Emerald Ridge on Oct. 7 in a nonleague game before heading to Marysville-Getchell on Oct. 14 for another 3A Wesco North game.

Oak Harbor

0

7

6

7

20

Squalicum

13

6

28

0

47

First quarter

Squ – Ben Peterson 69 run (Peterson kick)

Squ – Damek Mitchell 27 pass from Garrett Sorenson (kick failed)

Second quarter

OH – Princeton Lollar Jr. 2 run (Josh Coe kick)

Squ – Darius Powell 1 pass from Sorenson (kick failed)

Third quarter

Squ – Noah Westerhoff 38 pass from Mitchell (Peterson kick)

Squ – Peterson 4 run (Peterson kick)

Squ – Peterson 11 run (Peterson kick)

Squ – Mitchell 31 fumble return (Peterson kick)

OH – Tamarik Hollins-Passmore 80 run (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

OH – Lollar Jr. 3 run (Coe kick)

OH

Squ

First downs

13

13

Rushing Att-yards

46-341

31-208

Comp-Att-Int

1-4-0

15-21-0

Passing yards

11

199

Penalties-yards

2-20

4-25

Fumbles-lost

2-1

0-0

Individual statistics

RUSHING – Oak Harbor: Lollar Jr. 24-121, Jordan Washington 2-(-2), Mackenzie Nuanez 10-108, Hollins-Passmore 9-122, Gabe Salinger 1-(-8). Squalicum: Peterson 8-141, Triston Smith 8-43, Sorenson 4-2, Mitchell 1-5, Spencer Lloyd 5-20, Brian Pullman 3-8, Alex Everett 1-(-12), Jaymz Knowlton 1-1.

PASSING – Oak Harbor: Salinger 1-4-0-11. Squalicum: Sorenson 12-17-0-124, Peterson 1-1-0-23, Mitchell 1-1-0-38, Lloyd 1-2-0-14.

RECEIVING – Oak Harbor: Lollar Jr. 1-11. Squalicum: Jake Burns 2-35, Mitchell 5-69, Peterson 2-26, Westerhoff 4-54, Powell 1-1, LeAndrew Alarcon 1-14.

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