The Naselle High School Comets football team has just completed its most successful season in the school's football history. The Comets came within six points of advancing to the state championship game as they finished in third place in the Washington State Class 2B playoffs with their 18-13 loss to Napavine in the semi-finals game played in the Tacoma Dome.

The community can be proud of the accomplishments of this group of Comets under the guidance of coach Jeff Eaton and the Naselle assistant coaches.

The foundation for this very successful season can be attributed to many factors - the team's progress in the last couple of seasons under Eaton and his cohorts and in the foundation laid by previous coaches being among the major reasons. One of those previous coaches, Robin Andrea, who came to Naselle from Astoria to be the Comets head coach from 2004 though 2006, laid the foundation for what has become a revival of the Comets football fortunes. Football gradually became more than just "that other sport" that occupied space between the summer and winter seasons. The Comets developed a "football mentality" and began to play to their potential.

That potential came to the fore as this season advanced, with the Comets coming close to, but not quite achieving the goal of winning the gold ball that goes along with the the state championship. The task of being able to equal or surpass the Comets success this season will not be easy with the departure of nine seniors, some who have been part of the Naselle football picture for up to six years, including their middle school years. However, the pattern has been set for next year's team as the Comets strive to exceed the very successful season of the 2008 football Comets.

Way to go, Comets!

PHIL RAISTAKKA

Naselle

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