The top-10 showdown may not have ended the way the Squalicum football team wanted Friday, but the 10th-ranked Storm showed some growth in its 21-20 3A Wesco North loss at No. 9 Oak Harbor.
“I think we took some steps toward growing up as a team,” Squalicum coach Nick Lucey said. “We have five sophomores playing on defense and two new guys on the offensive line, and I think we played pretty well for Week (5). I thought we gelled and played our most complete game.”
Squalicum certainly had a chance to win, as it entered the fourth quarter tied at 14. The Storm (3-2, 1-2 3A Wesco North) took the lead with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Lloyd to Ja’lique Martin with 6 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the game. But after a high snap, an extra-point kick that Lucey said “we were lucky to get off,” bounced off both the upright and the crossbar before failing to go through.
The Wildcats made Squalicum pay for the miss, as Tamarik Hollins-Passmore’s touchdown tied the game, and the extra-point proved to be the difference.
Martin also had a touchdown throw to Jose Hernandez in the game, and Triston Smith ran for more than 100 yards before turning an ankle in the fourth, Lucey said.
But it was the defense that made the biggest strides for the Storm.
“Our defense really showed some improvement,” Lucey said. “We got off the field with some big stops.”
Squalicum next takes a break from league play when it hosts Snohomish at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Civic Stadium.