After a pair of tough losses against the top two teams to open Class 2A/3A Northwest Conference play, the Squalicum football team proved it is right in the middle of the postseason race.
The Storm jumped out to a big first-half lead and then held on to claim a 38-28 homecoming victory over Burlington-Edison on Friday, Oct. 3.
Quarterback Christian Jorgensen led the way for the Storm (3-2, 1-2 NWC 2A/3A), passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns and making a game-clinching interception on defense. Ben Peterson was his top target, catching nine passes for 146 yards and two TDs, while Jordan Campbell provided solid balance with 145 hard-nosed rushing yards to go along with a pair of scores.
Squalicum started the scoring less than 7 minutes in, when Jordan Campbell bulled his way in from 5 yards out two plays after Christian Jorgensen found Coleman Schwab on 62-yard catch and run.
The Tigers answered with an 11-play scoring drive that concluded on the first play of the second quarter, but they had no answer for the Storm for the remaining 11:52 of the quarter.
Ben Peterson got things started when he turned a quick slant into 41-yard touchdown after picking his way through and out running the Burlington secondary.
Jorgensen and Peterson hooked up on another slant pattern on Squalicum’s next possession, this one from 13 yards out, to but the Storm up 21-7 with 4:39 left before the break.
Squalicum’s defense got into the act, when it stopped Curtis Carlson short on a fourth-and-1, giving the Storm the ball at midfield with 21.7 seconds to play.
Jorgensen used all of it for two big plays, as he hit Schwab for 31 yards to the Burlington 19 before hitting Damek Mitchell over the middle on a pass Mitchell tipped to himself as the half expired with Squalicum up 28-7.
Jorgensen finished the half 10 for 16 passing for 224 yards and three touchdowns.
Making those numbers even more impressive was the fact the Storm had two of its biggest weapons – Josiah Westbrook (second on team with 241 yards and three TDs) and Nick Koetje-Manchester (second on team with 126 yards and three TDs) – standing on the sideline in jeans and jerseys because injury.
The Squalicum defense, meanwhile, allowed Burlington just 109 yards of total offense in the half.
Tigers made up for their lack of possession with a pair of quick TDs to open the third quarter, but Jordan Campbell lumbered 31-yards to push the back to 14.
But Burlington cut the Storm’s advantage to 35-28 when Mason Schwetz lofted a 22-yard touchdown pass to Tavian Swanson with 9:23 to play.
Squalicum’s ensuing drive stalled near midfield, but Jess Swanson intercepted Schwetz to give the ball back to the Storm.
After picking up a couple first down on the legs of Campbell, Quinn Carpenter’s punt was downed at the Tigers’ 8 with 3:36 to play.
After gaining one first down, Carpenter tipped away Schwetz’s deep pass intended for Wyatt Jorgensen on fourth-and-10 from Burlington’s 21.
Carpenter tacked on 32-yard field goal to put the game away.
The Storm next travels to Ferndale on Friday, Oct. 10.
Sq — Jordan Campbell 5 run (Quinn Carpenter kick)
BE — Wyatt Jorgensen 18 pass from Mason Schwetz (Nathan Osborn kick)
Sq — Ben Peterson 41 pass from Christian Jorgensen (Carpenter kick)
Sq — Peterson 13 pass from Jorgensen (Carpenter kick)
Sq — Damek Mitchell 19 pass from Jorgensen (Carpenter kick)
BE — Jae Evans 3 run (Osborn kick)
BE — Hunter Jacobson 55 pass from Schwetz (Osborn kick)
Sq — Campbell 31 run (Carpenter kick)
BE — Tavian Swanson 22 pass from Schwetz (Osborn kick)
Sq — Carpenter 32 FG
RUSHING — Burlington-Edison: Mason Schwetz 6-6, Curtis Carlson 8-41, Timmie Rush 2-6, Lorenzo Mationg 5-(-3), Jae Evans 7-41, Wyatt Jorgensen 1-4. Squalicum: Jordan Campbell 28-145, Damek Mitchell 2-1, Christian Jorgensen 7-(-8), Quinn Carpenter 1-(-14).
PASSING — Burlington-Edison: Dalton Schwetz 17-28-2-215. Squalicum: Christian Jorgensen 16-31-0-297.
RECEIVING — Burlington-Edison: Timmie Rush 6-42, Jae Evans 2-5, Wyatt Jorgensen 3-38, Hunter Jacobson 4-100, Tavian Swanson 2-30. Squalicum: Ben Peterson 9-146, Coleman Schwab 4-120, Jake Burns 1-6, Damek Mitchell 2-25.