Leyton Smithson, Djouvensky Schlenbaker lead Squalicum to crucial 2A Northwest Conference victory over Sedro-Woolley: 4 observations

It can’t be overstated that Friday’s matchup between Squalicum and Sedro-Woolley was a must-win for both teams. 

With only two playoff spots coming out of 2A Northwest Conference deep with playoff-caliber teams, the Storm needed a win to improve their chances of claiming one of those spots. The Cubs needed a win to keep pace with Lynden for first place in the conference.

It was the Storm who helped their case Friday night, handing the Cubs their first loss of the season by a score of 34-14. 

With the win, Squalicum leap-frogged Sedro-Woolley in the Northwest Conference standings. The Storm now sit in second place, while the Cubs drop to third.

Here are four observations:

Squalicum offense near full strength again

The one-two punch of Leyton Smithson and Djouvensky Schlenbaker was deadly as the pair accounted for all five of Squalicum’s touchdowns.

Smithson had rushing scores of one, 22 and 80 yards before Schlenbaker got in on the action with touchdown runs of 90 and 28 yards.

Except for the Storm’s first drive of the game, the offense was able to move the ball all night with little to no resistance. 

Cubs offense came out fast, then fell flat

Sedro-Woolley got the ball at the 50-yard line to start the game and marched down the field in eight plays to get on the board first with a 12-yard touchdown run from Connor Davis.

That’s all the offense would do until the fourth quarter, though.

The Cubs couldn’t get anything going the rest of the first half and much of the second half before Davis scored his second touchdown of the game.

Nothing was out of reach at that point, but Squalicum found the end zone again and the Storm defense shut down Sedro-Woolley’s offense over the last nine minutes of the game. 

No room for error for Sedro-Woolley

With the loss, the Cubs’ undefeated conference record is no longer.

Sedro-Woolley’s remaining two games are against Burlington-Edison and Lynden and if the Cubs want a chance of taking that second playoff berth, they can’t afford to lose either. 

Meanwhile, Squalicum in better shape

The Storm have one conference game left this season against Burlington-Edison, Friday, Oct. 29 and a win over the Tigers would give Squalicum a decent Northwest Conference resume.

If Lynden hangs on at the top and Squalicum gets a little help over the next two weeks, that second playoff spot just might go to the Storm.

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