NASELLE - The Naselle High School homecoming game did not produce the Comets' first football win of the season for the home team.
But it did give the Christian Faith team, from the Sea-Tac area, their first-ever football win in their short history of playing interscholastic sports. The big city team beat the Comets 38-0 to extend NHS's losing record to 0-7 for the season.
"We played one of our better games, although the score doesn't show it. We moved the ball well and stopped their offense a couple of times. But we would shoot ourselves in the foot with mistakes, either penalties at a crucial time or give the ball up with an interception or a fumble," Naselle head coach Matt Scrabeck said.
Assistant coach Jeff Eaton echoed Scrabeck's comment, saying, "It should have been a whole lot closer than it was. They were bigger than us, but except for their middle linebacker and a fast running back, they were pretty well matched with our kids."
The CF team earned a 20-0 halftime lead, after Naselle had come within four yards of scoring. Richard Smith recovered the fumbled kickoff and the Comets picked up three first downs in driving to the four-yard line. A procedure penalty moved the Comets back to the nine yard line and on the next play, the Faith team intercepted in the end zone and ran the ball back to midfield, ending the Comets' best chance to score.
With Derek Johnson out for the season with a knee injury, the backfield of Neil Wirkkala, Richard Smith, Joseph Fletcher and Tony Ruch picked up several nice gains of 10 to 12 yards, but NHS could not work those gains into a scoring drive. The CF middle linebacker created problems for NHS all day long as he would break through and smother the Comets play.
"We tried to get several different people to block that guy but no one could stop him," Eaton said.
On defense, Eaton said that Smith and Jeremy Jordan led the Naselle tacklers. Colby Engelson also recovered a CF fumble, along with Smith's recovery of the fumbled kickoff.
NHS closes its season with two 8-man away games. They are at Wishkah Valley next Saturday in a game between two teams searching for their first win of the year. The Comets final game will be a rematch of the season opener, at Oakville, a week later.