NASELLE — Facing the Mustangs of Rainier Christian in a rematch of last year’s close playoff game, the Comets completely dominated in a 50-8 win last Friday at home. Naselle won last year’s playoff game 34-28, and beat the Mustangs 36-14 in a regular season game. In Friday’s rematch, Cole Dorman lit up the Mustangs for 96 yards in less than two quarters of action, while Donny Edwards had two long punt returns and a big forced fumble, helping the Comets to a commanding first-half lead.
“I thought it would be more competitive,” said Naselle coach Jeff Eaton. “They only lost five guys from last year’s team. They didn’t have a lot of speed. We have good speed, and we beat them around the edge with sweep plays that went for big yardage.”
In the second quarter, the Mustangs were briefly on the verge of getting within two scores. “Their quarterback scrambled, was being chased, started to run, but he wasn’t past the line of scrimmage- wasn’t even close” Eaton said. Edwards, gambling that the quarterback was committed to a run, left his receiver to help chase the quarterback, who floated a pass to the now completely open receiver. Edwards backtracked and gave chase. He caught up with the receiver 45 yards downfield, then wrestled the ball away. Antonio Nolan pounced on it for Naselle. “Donny committed the cardinal sin…He made a mistake, but then he recovered and made up for it.”
The fumble ended any chances the Mustangs had of making the game competitive. Fa’aoso Tutu’u followed with a 51-yard touchdown run on a sweep play for a 30-0 lead. Edwards put another nail in the coffin with a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown. Edwards also had a first-quarter punt return of 37-yards to set up the Comets’ second score, helping them take control early.
The Comets emptied their bench starting in the second quarter. Ethan Lindstrom came in for Cole Dorman at quarterback and went 2 for 4 for 24 yards. Jimmy Strange had a 45-yard fourth quarter run, just missing a touchdown. Freshman Daniel Holt had a one-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run. Thirteen players had carries for Naselle.
Dorman finished 8 for 11 for 96 yards. Edwards and Lindstrom each caught three passes.