Forks’ football squad surged past Sequim in the second half of the season opener for both teams Friday, breaking open a 14-14 tie by scoring 28 straight points in the third quarter in a 56-28 thumping Friday night.
Senior Spartan quarterback Logan Olson connected with classmate and former neighbor Dalton Kilmer 11 times for 182 yards and touchdown receptions of 48 and 39 yards.
Olson finished 15 of 19 for 243 yards, the two scores and a late interception. He also nabbed a first-half interception from Sequim senior quarterback Kobe Applegate.
The squads traded scores in the first half, with Sequim’s Aiden Gockerell scoring on the opening possession of the contest on a 3-yard plunge up the middle.
“The good for us was we really executed getting off the ball in that first quarter and a half,” Sequim coach Erik Wiker said.
“Aiden played well for being a receiver who has never played running back in his life. He ran hard, hit the holes, showed some bounce and was athletic.”
Forks answered when Olson found Kilmer on a corner route for a 48-yard catch-and-run and the Wolves upped their lead when Applegate scampered in from 28 yards out for a 14-6 lead.
Olson scored on a 5-yard keeper of his own and Nate Dahlgren added the two-point conversion to knot the score at 14 at half.
The Spartans secured the lead and the momentum early in the third quarter; Olson capped off a 74-yard drive with a 9-yard keeper as Forks took its first lead at 21-14.
With Sequim driving at midfield on the ensuing possession, Sloan Tumaua laid a hit on a jet sweep by Wolves’ wideout Mason King, forcing a fumble recovered by Forks and keeping King on the turf.
King was attended to by paramedics and got up under his own power before being transported off the field via stretcher.
The score was a 39-yard TD pass from Olson to Kilmer to go up 28-14.
Gockerell, who ran for 94 yards in the first half, was injured on the kickoff and Sequim was essentially turned into a one-man offense with Applegate handling most of the running duties.
A strip sack recovered and returned 16 yards by Gunner Rogers upped the Forks lead to 35-14.
Then the fullbacks got going. Nate Dahlgren rolled in from 20 yards out to go up 42-14.
“The rough part of the game would be that we had multiple players playing out of position, two kids out with COVID, a few players who started practicing late and a lot of players playing their first-ever football game,” Wiker said.
“The mental aspect: Forks played with aggression and emotion and the challenges got to us. It’s hard to bounce back when our experienced football players are inexperienced at their new positions and our other guys haven’t played the game before.”
Tumaua was a battering ram in the fourth quarter, picking up a 108 yards and two TDs on 10 carries, and if the officials had let him continue a run after he lost his helmet there was chance of a third.
Sequim (0-1) hosts Class 2A No. 6 Squalicum, 41-14 winners over Lynden Christian to open the season, on Friday, Sept. 10.
at Forks 56, Sequim 28
S 7 7 7 7 — 28
F 6 8 28 14 — 56
S — Gockerell 3 run (Wagner kick), 7:01
F — Kilmer 48 pass from Olson (kick failed), 1:25
S — Applegate 28 run (Wagner kick), 11:26
F — Olson 5 run (Dahlgren run), 6:34
F — Olson 9 run (Dominguez kick), 9:55
F — Kilmer 39 pass from Olson (Dominguez kick), 6:27
F — Rogers 16 fumble return (Dominguez kick), 4:21
F — Dahlgren 20 run (Dominguez kick), 2:08
S — Applegate 13 run (Wagner kick), 0:02
F — Tumaua 10 run (kick good), NT
S — Moore 7 pass from Applegate (Wagner kick), 6:03
F — Tumaua 4 run (kick good), 2:22
Sequim: Applegate: 7-16, 106 yards, 2 INT, TD.
Forks: Olson 15-19-243, 2 TD, Int.
Sequim: Applegate 26-107, Gockerell 18-90, Jensen 2-6,Wagner 1-(-5); King 3-(7).
Forks: Tumaua 10-108, Dahlgren 11-102, Blanton 2-40, Olson 7-23, Northcutt 1-20.
Sequim: Moore 2-59, King 2-29, Jensen 2-10, McCracken 1-8.
Forks: Kilmer 11-182, Demorest 3-46, Rancourt 1-15.