Squalicum football team outlasts Oak Harbor to clinch Wesco 3A North title

The Storm play Wesco 3A South-champion Snohomish for the Wesco 3A No. 1 seed next Friday.

By Jim Waller / South Whidbey Record

OAK HARBOR — Squalicum quarterback Spencer Lloyd scored on a 62-yard run, one play after Oak Harbor took a 40-35 lead with 2:20 remaining in the game, to lift the Storm to a 43-40 win and the Wesco 3A North title Friday in Oak Harbor.

Lloyd rushed 19 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns and completed 3 of 6 passes for 64 yards and another score to lead the efficient Squalicum attack.

Davante Powell rushed for 103 yards on eight carries, including a 65-yard touchdown for the Storm. Powell also ran a kickoff back for an 88-yard score.

The Storm gained 324 yards on only 34 plays. Oak Harbor piled up 456 yards on 79 plays, but was hurt by Squalicum’s quick-strike attack.

Twice the Storm scored from long range (65 and 62 yards) on the first play of a possession to go along with Powell’s kick return.

Oak Harbor quarterback Caleb Fitzgerald completed 15 of 21 passes for a career high 207 yards and three touchdowns.

The Wildcats rushed for 249 yards, led by Caden Leckelt with 109 on 26 carries and two touchdowns.

Oak Harbor’s Dorian Hardin rushed for 86 yards on 16 carries and caught nine passes for 129 yards and a TD.

Squalicum plays Snohomish for the Wesco 3A No. 1 seed next Friday.

Oak Harbor, which would have won the Wesco 3A North with a victory, drops to the No. 3 seed in the league.

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