By WILL HOLLAND
Here is an inside look at the Squalicum Storm 2019 football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
8-3 overall, 5-1 in 3A Wesco North (first place); lost in first round of playoffs to Mountain View, 42-0.
Nick Lucey, 6th season
Offense – 4. Defense – 1.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
QB Mason Binning, 6-0, 175, Jr.
OL Brandon Gimse, 6-5, 315, Sr.
OL Adam McCluskey, 6-3, 220, Sr.
OL Ben Paz, 6-3, 240, Sr.
TE Cesar Vasquez, 6-0, 190, Sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Adam McCluskey, 6-3, 220, Sr.
DB Steven Owens, 6-0, 180, Jr.
DL Ben Paz, 6-3, 240, Sr.
LB Ben Schlenbaker, 6-1, 210, So.
DL Cesar Vasquez, 6-0, 190, Sr.
THREE TO SEE
Brandon Gimse, offensive lineman
Big boy who will hold down the edge rush for the Storm this fall.
Steven Owens, athlete / defensive back
Made some plays last year as a sophomore, will be a solid weapon for Binning on offense.
Ben Paz, offensive and defensive lineman
Will add further depth to an offensive line that returns three starters from 2018.
There looks to be another vicious Storm brewing at Squalicum this year — the squad will bounce into 2019 coming off of a solid campaign in which they won their division and went to the 3A round of 16.
Head coach Nick Lucey steps into his 6th season in charge for the Storm with a 44-12 record under his belt, and he’ll hope to continue building a program that consistently finished in the middle of the road before he arrived.
They only return five total starters from last year’s crew, but three of those guys started on the offensive line, which will give the running game a huge edge.
Defensively, Squalicum will see huge turnover with a lot of new players stepping into starting roles. “We have several kids who played significant minutes last year stepping into bigger roles who should benefit from that experience,” said coach Lucey.
Their league will be tough this year, as multiple programs in the Wesco North return starters in the double-digits, but the Storm should be able to compete at a high level.
Sept 6: at Redmond, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Arlington, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: Marysville Pilchuck, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Marysville Getchell, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Meadowdale, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12: Ferndale, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Stanwood, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26: Oak Harbor, 7 p.m.