After 85-70 victory, defense was the focus at Squalicum football practices

The Storm beat South Delta of British Columbia last week in a score that seems to come out of a video game.

After breaking down hours of footage, there was only one way to describe Squalicum’s football win last week.

“It was like a video game,” said fourth-year coach Nick Lucey. Squalicum defeated South Delta, B.C., 85-70 in a nonleague matchup that was thrilling — and cringe-worthy if you’re a defensive coordinator. Yes, 85-70.

And as you’d expect, defense was a focus at practice this week.

“Things like making sure you have proper leverage to the ball and are playing team defense,” said Lucey of his young team that allowed 654 passing yards and seven touchdowns. “There were times when guys went in pretty fast and not controlled. Their quarterback was able to find a way to wiggle out of things and make some plays downfield.”

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The Storm, ranked fourth in The Seattle Times’ Class 3A poll, trailed at halftime. It converted an interception into a 14-yard rushing touchdown for quarterback Spencer Lloyd for the go-ahead score.

Lloyd passed for 261 yards while senior Triston Smith rushed for 445 yards and six touchdowns on 28 carries.

Squalicum (2-0) will know Friday if its defense learned anything from the South Delta game. The Storm opens Wesco 3A play against Marysville-Pilchuck (1-1), which features a mobile quarterback in senior Kee-An Ballard.

Ballard had 159 total yards and three touchdowns in a 49-0 win against Lynnwood last week.

“Yeah, he can move, too, so we’re going to have to play disciplined defense,” Lucey said. “It doesn’t matter how good the other team is, you don’t want to give up that many points, so we want to get back on the field. Our guys know they’re better than that. There’s a pride thing that comes into this, too.”

Field dedication

Tumwater announced it will dedicate its football field to former coach Sid Otton on Friday. The ceremony will take place at 6:45 p.m., the T-birds kicking off against Bellevue at 7.

Otton retired last season after 43 years leading Tumwater. He left as the state’s all-time winningest coach with a 394-131 career record, which includes stints in Coupeville and Colfax.

The words “Sid Otton Field” are now emblazoned on the sideline where players first step onto the turf. The T-birds, ranked No. 2 among Class 2A schools, are 2-0 to open the season, while the No. 9…

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