Sequim came into the evening with a handful of injuries to key players, including starting quarterback Taig Wiker.
Teeter said that was a surprise to Lakewood as the team had been preparing for Wiker all week.
The junior quarterback’s absence handcuffed Sequim’s offense, limiting the play-selection for Sequim coach Erik Wiker, Taig’s father.
“After a little while, we could just mainly do powers and counters and runs inside, and (the defense) is packing the box,” Erik Wiker said. “… It definitely handicapped us quite a bit…on what we could call. I think (backup quarterback Kobe Applegate) did a great job. I think he ran it pretty dang well, made a couple mistakes just like anybody else starting and playing out there and stuff like that. So, happy on the job (the team) did, but I mean it takes half of our play calls away, easy.”
The attrition affected Sequim on both sides of the ball, which caused the Wolves to move at a methodical pace on offense. Applegate waited for the referee’s five-second signal before taking just about every snap in an effort to keep the number of possessions throughout the game to a minimum.
“If we’re gonna go toe-to-toe with a heavyweight, we wanna go one round. We don’t want to go three rounds,” Erik Wiker said. “We wanna go one round and maybe we get a lucky shot, they don’t get as many shots in. It was definitely deliberate. … If you’re gonna box Mike Tyson, do it for a minute-and-a-half. Don’t do it for 10 minutes.”
“That’s one of the best games I’ve ever seen Jared play, for sure this year.” Teeter said. “He had several 300-yard games last year, but we’ve been running the ball a lot more this year, so it was nice to see him come out and chuck it around. And Carson was on fire. He had a great night and neither one of them surprised me. They’re fantastic players.”
BY THE NUMBERS
0 — The number of punts between Lakewood and Sequim.
23 — The number of plays it took the Cougars to score 28 points in the first half.
67.7 — The completion percentage for Lakewood’s Taylor. The senior came into the game with a 51.6 completion rate.
Jared Taylor, Lakewood
The senior quarterback compiled 228 yards of total offense and four first-half touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a big lead early. Taylor completed 10 of 15 passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 101 yards and a score on seven carries.
Carson Chrisman, Lakewood
The junior wide receiver provided the Cougars with a reliable threat on the outside as he hauled in seven passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns.
Walker Ward, Sequim
The junior runningback carried the load for the Wolves offensively with hard-nosed run after hard-nosed run on his way to 155 yards and a TD on 35 carries. He added two receptions for 17 yards.